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Christopher E. Zimmerman

Vice President for Economic Development

Smart Growth America

HQ Phone:  (202) 207-3355

Direct Phone: (202) ***-****direct phone

Email: c***@***.org

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Smart Growth America

1707 L St NW Suite 1050

Washington, D.C., District of Columbia,20036

United States

Company Description

Smart Growth America is the only national organization dedicated to researching, advocating for and leading coalitions to bring smart growth practices to more communities nationwide. From providing more sidewalks so people can walk to their town center to ensu...more

Background Information

Employment History

Instructor

Form Based Codes Institute


Vice President for Economic Development

America , Inc.


Chief Economist

National Housing Conference


Growth America's Vice President for Economic Development and Director

Governors' Institute


Music Director

Fairfax Symphony Orchestra


Music Director

Fargo-Moorhead Symphony Orchestra


Music Director

Hartt and Soul Studio


Principal Conductor

American Youth Philharmonic Orchestras


Affiliations

Arlington County Public Schools

Board Member


Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority

Board Member


Metro Limited

Board Member


County's

Board Member


Virginia Opera

Honorary Member


Northern Virginia Transportation Commission

Chairman


Shop Arlington

Representative


Arlington Young Democrats

Board Member


NVTA Chairman and Arlington County

Board Member


HRT

Board Member


Democratic

Board Member


Virginia Transit Association

Board Member


Arlington Economic Development

County Board Chairman


Krysta Jones Consulting

Arlington County Board Chair


Aldermen

Board Member


The TPB

Member


American Public Transportation Association

Board Member


William D. Euille & Associates , Inc.

Board Member


MetroRiders.Org

Vice Chairman


Arlington WMATA

Board Member


Washington Business Journal

Arlington County Board Member and Metro Board Chair


Pike Progress Luncheon Arlington County

Board Member


Washington Metropolitan Transit Agency

Board Member


COG

Members


Republican Michael T. McMenamin

Member of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority Board


Barcroft School & Civic League

County Board Chairman


Planning Commission

Civic Association President, Member


Roundtable

Member


CENTRAL VIRGINIA/RICHMOND STEERING COMMITTEE

Board Member


AHC Inc.

Arlington County Board Chairman


CAMEO Club

Member


Del Ray Citizens Association Inc

Board Members


Elementary , Middle

PTA Member


Neighborhood Conservation Advisory Committee

Committee


ACDC

Member, Executive Committee


Education

Gunston Middle School , Rebecca


Virginia Commonwealth University


B.S. degree

Political Science and Economics

American University


Bachelor of Arts degree

Music

Yale


DC Council


Diploma

American Schools of Fontainebleau


Master

University


Master of Arts

Economics

University of Maryland


promotion diploma

Tehama County Police Activities League Martial Arts Center for Excellence.


Web References(195 Total References)


Our Staff | Smart Growth America

smartgrowthamerica.org [cached]

Chris Zimmerman
Chris Zimmerman


America's Most Walkable Suburb Offers Lessons for Towns Everywhere - The Urbanist Dispatch

www.urbanistdispatch.com [cached]

"In the 1970s this was a declining inner ring suburb," notes Chris Zimmerman, who served on the county board for 18 years.
"I moved here in 1979 because of the cheap rent. Arlington was a stopover for a lot of people until they could afford to move somewhere else"- a familiar scene today in thousands of suburban communities. "I walked in those days because I didn't have a car, but I saw very few other people walking," remembers Zimmerman, who left the county board in 2013 to become Vice-president of Economic Development for Smart Growth America, which promotes walking as part of its mission to create healthy, economically vital communities. The county board, spurred on by neighborhood leaders, adopted an "urban village" approach to planning, which Zimmerman says, "really resonated with people- the idea of comfort and community while still being cosmopolitan. Being both suburban and urban at the same time." One strong focus of this plan was to make walking more safe and convenient. Sidewalks were widened while the pedestrian crossing distances at intersections were narrowed. A task force on traffic calming was launched and the outdated policy of charging homeowners for the cost of building new sidewalks-still common throughout the US-was eliminated. ("Homeowners are not expected to pay for the street in front of their house; why should they be responsible for the pedestrian infrastructure? Zimmerman declares in a case study about Arlington done by America Walks.)


Massachusetts Smart Growth Conference | Massachusetts Smart Growth Alliance

ma-smartgrowth.org [cached]

Chris Zimmerman, Vice President for Economic Development, Smart Growth America [Presentation]


neighborhoods | Councilmember Amber Waldref

www.amberwaldref.org [cached]

From left to right: Jon Snyder, me, Chris Zimmerman, Roger Millar and Candace Mumm.
The final speaker was Chris Zimmerman, Vice President for Economic Development at Smart Growth America, who introduced himself as an economist and a "recovering" politician. His talk was accompanied by a slideshow (shown above) where he laid out the rationale for smart growth in economic terms. Smart growth can be distilled into a matter of land use, he said. Traditional growth patterns were mixed-use, compact, buildings of elevated stories and blocks with multiple building types that followed a street grid. Then came zoning, which resulted in fragmented land use and car-centric development that segregated our places of residence, commerce, entertainment and education. In the 21st century, we're finding that the things that led to success in the late 20th century don't necessarily apply in the same way. He spent considerable time contrasting the preferences of Boomers and Millennials and how that will affect the built environment. Chris also looked at housing and business trends that are prioritizing walkable communities and "creative placemaking," leading to economic growth and revitalization of economically depressed areas. Of the many interesting points he made, one stands out: Spread-out development patterns are expensive. Recent research on city budgets found that compact communities could save 30% on infrastructure and generate ten times more revenue. After his talk, Chris took some time to answer audience questions. One attendee asked if Spokane's proximity to Spokane Valley and their potentially different approaches to growth was problematic or unique. Chris' short answer: No, it's more the rule than the exception. Another attendee asked which comes first in an economically depressed area, the cool businesses, the walkable community, or the affordable housing? Chris said it was a chicken-and-egg scenario, and ideally all of these things have to happen at the same time. The third question had to do with avoiding the pitfalls of gentrification. Chris said that there were a number of reasons to have mixed-income demographics in any given area, but we usually only deal with income disparity and a lack of affordable housing when it becomes a problem. He and Roger advised putting plans in place beforehand, such as policies and schemes that guarantee a minimum of affordable housing, even as property values increase. The final question dealt with a very specific vision for the future: What about self-driving cars? Chris said that we don't know how soon they're going to become a factor, and it could be that the combination of services like Uber with auto-piloted vehicles makes it easier for peple to live in less car-dependent communities. While it's clear that a 90-minute forum couldn't possibly hold all the answers on smart growth, this event did further our local conversation on issues like economic development, land use and urban planning. It showed that we're already doing a lot of things right, and that we as a city have the potential to work together to foster balanced economic growth that respects the needs of our entire community while establishing a stronger future for Spokane. I'm not going to go into detail about the workshop on Wednesday, but it was a great room of developers, business owners, City planning staff, housing experts and of course Chris and Roger from Smart Growth America.


Transit Plan Shifts Gears, Keeps Moving - Indy Midtown Magazine

www.indymidtownmagazine.com [cached]

"A fiscal analysis we conducted for Indianapolis showed substantial benefits in terms of municipal revenues and costs if future development could be attracted to areas around their new bus rapid transit stations," added Chris Zimmerman, vice president for economic development at Smart Growth America.


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