When researching topics more focused on your local community, sometimes it can be harder to know where to begin. Clearly agencies and organizations are getting information from somewhere, but who has it and how can you go about accessing it?
Some of the richest sources of local community information can be found in county and city government websites. Often, they will have links to many different departments throughout the city or county, and can provide you with insight into current issues the city or county is dealing with.
Additionally, local non-profit agencies are frequently on the front lines addressing local issues. However, obtaining data from non-profit organizations may not be as straightforward as looking on their websites; in many cases, you may need to call the agency directly to gather information.
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