Kyle Smith joined the Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT) in 2008 as an economic development strategist with expertise in slow-growth regions and smaller communities. He manages CNT’s focus to encourage inclusive, transit-oriented development (TOD) in the Chicago region. He has helped shape CNT’s growing focus on cargo-oriented development (COD) and works with stakeholders to establish Priority Development Areas that accelerate both TOD and COD. He also sits on the Transportation Committee at the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning.
Kyle's diverse portfolio of work includes:
- Quality of Life, (e)Quality of Place: Growing Local Economies Through Equitable Transit-Oriented Development
- Prospering in Place: Linking Jobs, Development and Transit to Spur Chicago’s Economy
- BUILT (Broadening Urban Investment to Leverage Transit) in Ohio
- Driving Up the Cost of Living: How Housing and Transportation Costs Pressure Economic Development in Northwest Arkansas
- The LaSalle Square Redevelopment Plan in South Bend, Indiana
Kyle has a master's in urban planning and policy from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a BA in history from Oberlin College.