A partnership of leading Sioux Falls civic and nonprofit organizations announced the development of the Augustana Data Warehouse and OpenSiouxFalls hub June 22 at Augustana University. The group organized the effort after recognizing Sioux Falls Thrive’s need to collect and analyze data to measure its progress toward improving student success from cradle to career.
Representatives from Augustana Research Institute, the Sioux Falls city departments of Community Development and Planning & Building Services, and the Sioux Falls School District joined United Way, the Chamber of Commerce, Development Foundation and Community Foundation to create the Workforce Data User Group, which endorsed development of the Augustana University Data Warehouse. The warehouse will hold two data hubs, a proprietary hub used for warehouse partners’ research projects and OpenSiouxFalls, a central repository of community indicators reflective of the workforce, economic vitality, social services, education and quality of life of the Sioux Falls MSA.
Development and two years’ maintenance costs will be shared by contributions from five founding partners: the Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce, City of Sioux Falls, Sioux Falls Development Foundation, Sioux Falls Thrive and the Sioux Empire United Way. That funding will be matched by Augustana University, which will manage the project in accordance with direction from a council composed of the warehouse’s founding partners. Beta testing of Phase I of the project is planned for late summer 2017.
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