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Andersonville Chamber Of Commerce Announces New Executive Director

Kyle-Smith-1There has been a void at the Andersonville Chamber of Commerce (ACC) and the Andersonville Development Corporation (ADC) since March, when their Executive Director Ellen Shepard officially left the position. She held that job for 16 years, and helped transform Andersonville into one of Chicago’s most celebrated communities.

Now, after a three-month search to find their next leader, the Chamber sent out a press release Tuesday officially announcing their selection. Starting May 9, 2016, Kyle D. Smith will take the reins of Executive Director for both the ACC and ADC.

ACC Board Co-President Barbara Janusek said “we believe that Kyle will bring a great deal of knowledge and background to the position.” She added, “he will help lead the Andersonville community to the next level of excellence and innovation.”

Smith is currently the Manager for Transit Oriented Development with the not-for-profit organization Center for Neighborhood Technology(CNT). According to CNT’s website their ‘goal is to advance urban sustainability and shared prosperity through initiatives in transportation, water, climate, and public policy.’

Since 2008, Smith worked with CNT to educate community based groups on how to build and preserve walkable neighborhoods near mass transit.

According to the release, Smith currently resides in Edgewater with his wife. He has a Masters in Urban Planning & Policy from the University of Illinois at Chicago and he currently serves as the secretary of the Illinois Chapter for the Congress for New Urbanism and is a member of the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) Transportation committee. In 2015, the Urban Land Institute named him the Chicago Young Visionary Award winner.

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