On Thursday, September 21st MANY hosted the Connection2017 “Unconference” in Pittsburgh, gathering speakers and nonprofits from around the country to connect and engage. The event was a whirlwind – with incredible talks from people like David M. Wertheimer of the Bill + Melinda Gates Foundation, musical performances from 1Hood (an inspiring nonprofit based here in Pittsburgh!), and a delicious lunch at the Smallman Galley.
BlastPoint CEO Alison Alvarez gave a talk on data techniques from Corporate America that anyone, including small nonprofits, can utilize to better communicate inside and outside of their organizations.
After Alison’s presentation, the BlastPoint team provided attendees with a hands-on demonstration of our software. Nonprofits shared the challenges and opportunities being faced, and our team helped look at their unique geographies as well as the relevant questions, to provide these nonprofits with actionable insights.
On Saturday, September 9th, BlastPoint’s Sales & Marketing Director, Jeremy Shafton, spoke at the NADO Annual Training Conference. Alongside four other speakers, Jeremy participated in an interactive “Learning Lab” called “Harnessing the Power of Data to Improve Your Community Economic Development Strategy”.
Carol Rogers from the Indiana Business Research Center shared a wealth of information about the latest updates at StatsAmerica. After Carol’s presentation, Jeremy shared some techniques for working with data and walked participants through a scenario using BlastPoint. Finally, three speakers from Utah (Marion Bentley, Russell Cowley, and Jody Gale) shared their experience developing and deploying the Area Sector Analysis Process for the Six County Region in Utah.
BlastPoint works with many Economic Development Organizations, enabling them to easily tell a data story which can attract and retain business, as well as determine where to make strategic investments.