Anchored by its landmark 12-story clock tower on Pershing Road, Chicago’s Central Manufacturing District (CMD) was the first planned manufacturing district in the United States. Today, it stands largely empty. The site has myriad advantages – like its central location, solid construction, nearby rail connections, proximity to expressways, and robust fiber optic capacity – that gives it the potential to help bring a manufacturing renaissance to Chicago.
In this report, CNT proposes metrics to assess the feasibility and performance of cargo-oriented development (COD), a form of development that integrates freight system efficiencies with the development of manufacturing and logistics businesses in ways that drive local economic growth, reduce poverty, improve the environment, and promote public safety.
Since Hurricane Katrina, the New Orleans-Baton Rouge super region has been working to secure lasting economic recovery. This report offers recommendations for using cargo- and transit-oriented development to help Southeast Louisiana capture community value from its largely underutilized rail system.
In a growing number of cases around the country, highlighted by the examples in this report, civic and economic development organizations and local governments are collaborating with private freight companies to realize the potential of COD for sustainable development. These collaborations will improve economies and the quality of life in regions and in established communities.
Class I railroads are investing more than $20 billion annually in facilities and equipment. This creates a tremendous opportunity for mutually beneficial partnerships among the rail industry, logistics firms, and state and local governments. The benefits of this investment can be captured in substantially more efficient operations, environmental improvement, and job retention and creation through promotion of Cargo-Oriented Development (COD).
Report lays out two interconnected strategies (cargo-oriented development and transit-oriented development) to generate economic development and preserve natural resources in the western suburbs of Cook County. Together, these strategies can be harnessed to mitigate suburban sprawl and take cars and trucks off the road.
This report, written by CNT for the State Smart Transportation Initiative (SSTI), examines current economic analysis practices in state Departments of Transportation (DOTs) through examples in nine state transportation agencies and an extensive literature review. For additional understanding of the methods in practice, we also incorporated information obtained at selected metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs). The increased interest and demand for better economic results from transportation encouraged SSTI to look for ways to help states improve their ability to predict and measure the economic impacts of transportation policies and investments. Accompanying the report itself is a web-based scorecard, which shows users the most appropriate economic data and tools to measure different types of economic impact.
A call to action that embraces the goals of the Chicago region’s GO TO 2040 plan and translates them into a place-based blueprint for prosperity. It shows how to restore location efficiency and create new jobs and economic vitality based on the region’s unique assets and advantages.
The effects of unemployment, rising gas costs, and economic uncertainty have pushed household budgets to their limits. Now, more than ever, the state’s infrastructure investments must bolster the economy and save its residents money. This report presents a policy blueprint to make these opportunities a reality.
This case study tracks CNT’s work in Blue Island and Harvey and discusses the regional partnerships that developed and attracted public funding for predevelopment; eventually creating a pipeline of viable projects that has drawn the attention of developers and investors across several states.