Public Knowledge, Public Policy: How can community information make a difference?

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"Knowledge is Power," said Sir Francis Bacon. University research produces knowledge every day, but its power often fails to materialize. Worcester's neighbor to the south, Providence, has been harnessing the power of knowledge for the betterment of the city and its residents for nearly two decades. Pat McGuigan, Executive Director described the work of the Providence Plan, an innovative public-private partnership that uses data, GIS mapping, and community dialogue to help shape Providence's future.

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