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CNT Board of Directors Names Erin Grossi as new CEO

September 15, 2016

The Board of Directors of the Center for Neighborhood Technology is delighted to announce the appointment of Erin Grossi as CEO of CNT.  Ms. Grossi takes up the position October 7, 2016.

“I am so excited about our decision to hire Erin,” said board president James Cahan. “She brings ideas, connections, and strategic skills to lead CNT in carrying out its mission and identifying new opportunities and new resources to support it. Her appointment, and the continuing, enthusiastic engagement of founder Scott Bernstein as chief innovation officer, reinforces CNT’s longstanding commitment to innovation in the service of creating sustainable and equitable communities.”

Ms. Grossi comes to CNT most recently from UI LABS, where she served as the principal business strategist and oversaw an innovation portfolio including water/flooding solutions, smart buildings, and other technology projects. Before that she worked for 11 years at the nonprofit Underwriters Laboratories, most recently as Chief Economist and Director of Innovation. As UL’s lead economic strategist, she was responsible for identifying and pursuing innovation and partnership opportunities to address environmental sustainability, energy transformation and health and wellness.

“CNT has a clear and enduring legacy of community engagement in order to drive economic development through thoughtful innovation,” said Ms. Grossi.  “I share CNT’s commitment to environmental sustainability and believe that digital technology is presenting today's communities with tremendous opportunities to realize planetary and economic goals. I look forward to leading CNT's efforts to expand its innovation work by clearly identifying neighborhood challenges in Chicago and beyond, and matching those with appropriate and effective commercial solutions and innovations."

“Erin is someone who understands that innovation takes disruption, and new ways of getting change implemented beneficially,” said Scott Bernstein.  “CNT’s emerging work in climate resilience, poverty reduction, and right-sized productive infrastructure requires strong leadership. I’m excited and honored to have the chance to work with such a capable partner.”

Ms. Grossi succeeds Kathy Tholin, who stepped down as CEO in July.  A national search to replace her culminated in the Board’s selection of Ms. Grossi, according to Cahan: “Erin is thoughtful, leads through collaboration, and has a clear understanding of both innovation and execution.  She brings the energy and ideas of a new generation to CNT, allowing us to continue to be a leader in the urban sustainability space.”

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Stalled Out: How Empty Parking Spaces Diminish Neighborhood Affordability

March 25, 2016

Stalled Out: How Empty Parking Spaces Diminish Neighborhood Affordability explores the relationship between unused parking and neighborhood affordability. Many cities, including Chicago, mandate the minimum number of parking spaces new developments need to build. As the report points out, however, these minimum requirements don’t always reflect real demand.

For this study, we interviewed multifamily developers in Chicago and went to the parking lots and garages of 40 apartment buildings, both market-rate and subsidized, to see how much parking was being used. Researchers went at 4:00 a.m., when most tenants have parked their cars and are asleep in bed. Consistent with our findings in the San Francisco Bay AreaWashington, D.C.; and King County, Washington, the study found that:

  • The supply of parking exceeds demand. Buildings offered two spots for every three units. According to our analysis, they only used one for every three.
  • As parking supply goes up, much of it sits empty. Apartments with fewer spaces saw a greater percentage of their parking used.
  • Apartment buildings near frequent transit need less parking. Buildings within ten minutes of a Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) train stop provided one spot for every two units. Even then, one-third of the spots sat empty.

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