In a joint press conference, the City of Charlotte, Mecklenburg County and UNC Charlotte announced a partnership for an annual reporting on homelessness issues spearheaded by the University’s Urban Institute.
The institute’s Point in Time (PIT) report, which contained results from January, showed a 17 percent decrease in the number of homeless individuals counted from the year before. In January 2013, there were 2,418, and in January 2014, there were 2,104. Ashley Williams, a data and research coordinator for the Urban Institute, Institute for Social Capital, and Eric Caratao, a social research specialist for the Urban Institute, co-authored the PIT report.
"We are especially grateful to Jeff Michael and his team at the Urban Institute who are helping us to collect comprehensive data and organize it in an analytical framework that will help us make informed decisions as we move forward," said Charlotte Councilwoman Patsy Kinsey at the press conference. "This important partnership is critical to the success of implementing our 10-year plan as we focus on achieving specific and measureable results."
The Charlotte Venture Challenge (CVC) will showcase 39 finalists selected from more than 100 startup competitors located throughout the Southeast and introduce these emerging companies to investors, corporate executives, and the business community, Thursday, May 1.
The 2014 Challenge has the largest number of entries than any other year and is poised to draw the most corporate community engagement to date. The competition winners will be decided by an investor vs. corporate customer showdown. Competition categories include consumer products and services, life sciences and biotechnology, IT & informatics, new energy and high tech, undergraduate student ventures and graduate student ventures teams. Finalists will present their businesses and answer questions from panels of investors and corporate executives and a winner will be chosen by each panel.