Civic Data Science in Savannah
The City of Savannah Georgia Smart Communities Challenge team will give a final presentation on their "Civic Data Science for Equitable Development" project.
Brian Brainerd | Project Manager | LinkedIn
Xiaofan Liang | Graduate Research Assistant at Georgia Tech | LinkedIn
Vincent Gu | Graduate Research Assistant at Georgia Tech | LinkedIn
Savannah estimates that every abandoned, blighted property in this historic city bleeds approximately $1,300 of public funds annually. Despite its reputation for beautifully restored historic homes, there are approximately 4,286 vacant dwellings, likely blighted and abandoned in the Savannah metropolitan area, costing taxpayers millions of dollars annually. These funds are largely unrecoverable costs incurred for addressing overgrown grass, litter, illegal dumping, securing open structures and demolishing properties, and lost property tax revenue. Over the last year, the City of Savannah has explored applications of emerging data analytics and machine learning techniques to leverage existing city data to guide decisions on the best strategy to deal with vacant and blighted properties in the community.