CNT Research Leads to Flood Protection Fund Bill

FlickrCC -  State Farm

Photo by State Farm/Flickr Creative Commons License

Our recent report The Prevalence and Cost of Urban Flooding was a game changer in our efforts to keep homes and businesses dry and increase community resiliency in the face of increasingly severe rainstorms. We set out to pinpoint where exactly urban flooding was happening, and to our surprise we found that the majority of flood damage occurs outside of designated floodplains. Because most flood relief programs focus on people who live within floodplains, we discovered that many flood victims have a hard time getting the financial assistance they need.

To fill this gap, CNT recently approached Illinois State Representative Mike Fortner with a proposal to introduce legislation establishing the Home and Business Flood Protection and Loan Program Fund, HB 3525.  In the last several years, Rep. Fortner has been the sponsor of some important stormwater management bills and was immediately supportive of the Home and Business Flood Protection concept. He introduced the bill on February 26, 2015.

Read more »

Competition Combines Community and Technologists to Solve Real-World Issues

Monday, February 9th, 2015 at 10:55 am



Press Contact:
Manny Gonzales, Communications Director
Center for Neighborhood Technology
773-278-4041 |

Center for Neighborhood Technology Launches 4th Annual CNT Apps Competition

The Center for Neighborhood Technology today launched its 4th Annual Urban Sustainability Apps Competition with presenting sponsor Microsoft. The CNT Apps Competition begins with a series of town hall meetings in several Chicago neighborhoods to reach non-developers and identify issues facing communities, and continues with technical training throughout the spring, provided by Microsoft. The competition culminates in a weekend event at Tech Nexus June 5-7, where teams create app prototypes with a winner to be selected by a panel of technology and business experts.

Read more »

Building a RainReady America

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015 at 4:56 pm

A residential rain garden and permeable pavement.

Relatively low-cost solutions, like residential rain gardens and permeable pavement, can protect homes from urban flooding.

Across the country, millions of dollars are spent every year repairing the damage caused by urban flooding – and it’s likely to keep getting worse. Heavy rain events are increasing, absorbent surfaces are lost to concrete and asphalt, and resource-strapped cities have fewer and fewer funds available for large stormwater infrastructure projects. Our latest report, A RainReady Nation, offers a suite of cost-effective solutions to keep homes and businesses dry.

The Center for Neighborhood Technology’s RainReady℠ initiative was born out of years of working with homeowners and communities to better understand urban flooding. Along with opening our eyes to the scope of urban flooding’s devastation, this work illuminated the incredible difficultly affected property owners face when trying to get help.

Read more »

Taking Action on Climate Change Can Benefit Communities

Monday, June 2nd, 2014 at 12:30 pm

Flickr CC - Seth Anderson

CNT’s affilate, Elevate Energy, is dedicated to smarter energy use for all. This is exactly why we support strong carbon pollution standards. Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, under President Obama’s Climate Action Plan, proposed a plan to cut carbon pollution from power plants. We support this important move to take action to confront climate change.

Read more »