Ben Calnin


For 15 years, Ben has worked to make complex data and research findings accessible to decision makers whose work impacts neighborhoods and communities. Ben has a passion for impactful work that creates a better tomorrow and has dedicated his career to democratizing access to data.

Ben’s work in land policy began at Michigan State University in 2006 where he applied his technical knowledge to create a national data infrastructure, online dashboards and maps, and statistical analysis aimed to help decision makers in the government sector. He has worked on a variety of projects focused on the economic and social impacts that occur as a result of land use changes, including: the drivers of population loss and attraction, neighborhood economic impacts of amenities, optimal siting and economic impacts of renewable energy, and the impact of demolition and rehabilitation on violent crime and property values.

Ben’s diverse research and technical background led to the development of the Neighborhood Intel software platform.

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