EBR to launch City Key mapping and data website

Baton Rouge is set this week to launch a new high-tech community mapping tool, providing the public easier access to data ranging from locations of public services, including libraries and bus stops, to area demographics.

The City Key website, which will be launched Wednesday, was developed by the Mayor’s Healthy City Initiative, the East Baton Rouge Parish Library, East Baton Rouge Planning Commission, Mayor’s Office of Neighborhoods and Louisiana Public Health Institute, with assistance from sponsors.

“When launched, the City Key website will give individuals the ability to layer different assets and data onto a map of the city,” according to a news release announcing the website unveiling. “The website will also provide a forum for community discussion and publicity for community events.”

Backers said the site will provide a tool for community organizations and government agencies to access data that can aid their efforts and encourage community interaction in Baton Rouge neighborhoods.

The website launch will take place at 10 a.m. Wednesday in the North Boulevard Town Square. It will feature Mayor-President Kip Holden, Rev. Raymond Jetson of MetroMorphosis, a nonprofit community advocacy group, Assistant Library Director Mary Stein and Coletta Barrett, chairman of the Mayor’s Healthy City Initiative.