Charlottesville Tomorrow gets grant, hires first Engagement Coordinator

Charlottesville Tomorrow, a local nonprofit news organization that focuses mainly on land use and transportation issues, was recently awarded a $102,000 grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, and has hired Jennifer Marley as its first Community Engagement Coordinator.

The position will help the organization “engage more people with our news stories and out online information tools,” says Charlottesville Tomorrow Executive Director Brian Wheeler in a news release.

Currently, the nonprofit curates cvillepedia, a wiki that enables residents to edit, update and initiate local entries, and has began working on a 3D model of the city with Google Earth. Wheeler says in the release that the Knight Foundation grant will help expand those efforts.

The grant was part of the foundation’s Community Information Challenge, an initiative that supports local organizations inform residents. The Charlottesville Area Community Foundation (CACF), which applied for the funding, will match the Foundation’s support.

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