2018 Champion City

Grand Rapids, MI : 2018 Champion City

Equipping City Leaders with Data on Inequality Hotspots

  • 196,445

  • Rosalynn Bliss

  • Directly Elected Mayor

    Type of Government
  • 4 years

    Length of Term

The Problem

The lack of current, granular demographic data in Grand Rapids contributes to continued racial exclusion in policy decisions related to development, housing, health, employment, and environmental issues.

TheĀ Idea

The City of Grand Rapids will annually collect, analyze, and share the results of a community census through a publicly accessible dashboard, empowering city leaders with localized, actionable data on hotspots of inequality to help deploy health, housing, and other resources where they are most needed.

What Mayor Rosalynn Bliss is saying:

We are confident that our plan to develop a grassroots-led census initiative for collecting real-time data at the household and business level will advance our community goal of becoming a racially equitable city.

Rosalynn Bliss, Mayor of Grand Rapids, MI