CTOD is a unique collaboration among three innovative and outcome-oriented organizations: Reconnecting America, Center for Neighborhood Technology and Strategic Economics. CTOD brings together the expertise of the three partner organizations in devising strategies and solutions to implementing TOD by building off of each partner’s core strengths, and utilizing the synergistic benefits that come from combining CTOD’s distinct skills with the skills and expertise of a wider field of partners operating at the local, regional, state and federal levels. Together, the CTOD partners bring a set of core competencies, relationships, and experience that enable us to tackle complex, inter-connected issues simultaneously:
Reconnecting America has a 15-year history of on-the-ground partnerships in more than 10 regions across the country where it is working to bring stakeholders together to identify shared solutions that accelerate the implementation of sustainable communities and TOD through local, state, and federal programmatic and policy reform.
The Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT) brings a 30-year organizational history of developing innovative, fact-based tools that highlight the true cost of living and development patterns and enable communities to capitalize on the savings inherent in sustainable communities.
Strategic Economics brings a 13-year history of an urban economics consulting and research practice that focuses on the challenges of financing infrastructure and development as well as analyzing the underlying market dynamics that shape outcomes at all scales from the individual building, to the neighborhood, city, and region.
Each partner brings a commitment to a shared CTOD approach based on practice and measurable outcomes, as well as a history of collaboration in the development of leading-edge tools to communicate with a broad audience. Since the creation of CTOD in 2004, the partners have worked to build the field of practice of TOD through research, best practices, place-based strategies and policy reform. During this time, the role of CTOD has evolved from building the basic case for TOD in an environment where it was seen as a “niche” issue, to documenting and measuring performance now that interest and understanding have grown. The ability to continue to be both innovative and responsive while helping the TOD field continue to evolve is a hallmark of CTOD.
The CTOD partners work together in two primary ways: (1) through basic information sharing and idea exchange through our monthly calls, annual staff retreats, and ad hoc response to specific events and (2) through project-specific collaboration and a consensus-based approach to developing innovative research, policy, and investment solutions to support TOD implementation. Our successful efforts to advance the field of TOD have largely emerged from our unique way of working together.