Australian Visit Highlights Efficacy of RainReady

This month Chicago will have visitors from a cohort of Australian public works professionals stopping by the city before heading onto the American Public Works Association 2017 Congress, the annual conference for members of the public works industry. The group of Australian professionals will participate in a series of tours throughout the city visiting government agencies, public works and non-profits to garner an understanding of Public Works in the Chicago region. Included in their tour... Read the rest of this entry »

CNT Awarded Chicago River Blue Award for Calumet Corridor Plan

We’re delighted to announce that on June 13, 2017, CNT received the Green Ribbon Award presented by the Friends of the Chicago River for the RainReady Calumet Corridor Plan. The Friends of the Chicago River host the annual Chicago River Blue Awards to recognize the leading contributions in development, design, and implementation of programs that best exemplify efforts towards building healthier and more sustainable communities through clean water programs. CNT RainReady director Dawn... Read the rest of this entry »

Center for Neighborhood Technology Releases RainReady Plans to Reduce Flooding for Six Calumet Corridor Communities

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Chicago, IL – CNT is releasing six RainReady plans for the Calumet Corridor communities of Blue Island, Calumet City, Calumet Park, Dolton, Riverdale, and Robbins. The plans establish a distinct path forward in each town to reduce systemic flooding issues while creating more beautiful, economically vibrant communities.  “In 2013, CNT‘s ‘The Prevalence and Cost of Urban Flooding’ report found that between 2007-2011, a majority of Cook County, Illinois ZIP codes... Read the rest of this entry »

New economic development model shows how cities can reduce poverty by 25 percent with smarter investments

Effective strategies include reducing costs for businesses and families, improving access to jobs and services, and targeting job creation programs Chicago, Ill.—On Thursday, the Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT) announced a new framework for economic development that turns the traditional job creation model on its head, generating economic growth from the ground up by reducing costs for families and businesses. In communities across the country, high poverty rates, stagnant wages... Read the rest of this entry »

The Best of Chicago Manufacturing Could Be Yet to Come

The Center for Neighborhood Technology Offers New Strategies for Revitalizing Chicago’s Industrial Sector This election cycle, the dearth of American manufacturing jobs has taken a central role in the debate about the shrinking American middle class. With cheap labor abroad and the seemingly unstoppable march of automation, can manufacturing jobs ever return to American cities? Today, the Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT) unveiled a new strategy for revitalizing Chicago’s Central... Read the rest of this entry »

Chicago Organization Receives National Award for Taking the Fight for Better Flood Control to the Streets—Literally

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—The Center for Neighborhood Technology’s RainReady program, based in Chicago, received national recognition for its new and unique approach to address the front lines of floodplain management. The Association of State Floodplain Managers, the world's leading voice for sound floodplain management, science and policy, presented RainReady with its 2016 James Lee Witt Local Award for Excellence in Floodplain Management June 23 during its national conference in Grand Rapids,... Read the rest of this entry »

Civic Tech + Grassroots Entrepreneurship Solves Real-World Problems

Center for Neighborhood Technology Holds Fifth Annual Urban Sustainability Apps Competition High-profile incubators like 1871 may be the heart of Chicago’s tech scene, but the Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT) thinks that tech entrepreneurship can play a big role in revitalizing Chicago neighborhoods that sorely need new investment. This month, CNT held its fifth annual Urban Sustainability Apps Competition to connect coders and developers with idea leaders from a diverse array of... Read the rest of this entry »

Center for Neighborhood Technology and TransitCenter Unveil Largest-Ever Transit Data Comparison Tool

AllTransitTM aggregates data from over 800 transit agencies across the U.S. to help communities build smarter, more equitable transit systems Chicago, IL - Today, the Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT) and TransitCenter unveiled a first-of-its-kind interactive online tool to help people understand the value of transit in their communities. AllTransit aggregates information from over 543,000 transit stops, 800 transit agencies, and 15,000 routes nationwide – a collection of data of... Read the rest of this entry »

Parking Policies Exacerbate Chicago’s Affordable Housing Crisis

New CNT Report Shows How Unused Residential Parking Makes Housing More Expensive CHICAGO, March 28, 2016 – It’s common to hear Chicago residents complain about the city’s dearth of parking, but new research from the Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT) has found that parking spaces at many of the city’s apartment buildings sit empty during their peak hours. The cost of that unused parking is often passed on to residents through higher rents. Released today, CNT’s report Stalled Out:... Read the rest of this entry »

CNT Board Announces Executive Search

The Center for Neighborhood Technology Board of Directors announces its search for new leadership, as Kathy Tholin, its well-respected, long-time CEO, has decided to retire from CNT at the end of June. The Board is looking for an exceptional leader who can build on the organization’s long history of successful innovation to create sustainable cities. “We’re extraordinarily grateful for Kathy’s leadership through a period of dramatic growth and significant achievement,” said Board president... Read the rest of this entry »