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John Chesser

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Senior Analyst

UNC Charlotte Urban Institute
Contact John Chesser
Phone: (704) 687-1192

John analyzes regional demographic trends for the Charlotte area and supports web communications and technology for the Institute. His work at the institute has included: research and project management, GIS, public process development, facilitation, data systems implementation, remote training and support, and specialized curriculum development in technology training. He has 20 years experience in consulting services.  Until 2008, he managed the institute’s project office for the Transportation Information Management System (TIMS), for western North Carolina.  This long-term program through the N.C. Department of Public Instruction provides state-of-the-art GIS based tools to all N.C. public school systems for transportation and planning. Through this program, he has extensive operational planning experience in public school transportation, student assignment and redistricting.  He also chairs the Davidson, N.C., Planning Board and Board of Adjustment.  


M.A. Geography, UNC Charlotte, urban and regional analysis concentration
B.A. Geography, UNC Chapel Hill


Urban development and demographic change; geographic information systems (GIS); web communications; school redistricting, pupil assignment; pupil transportation and school operational planning


Apr 03, 2014
North Carolina continues to grow faster than the U.S. average and faster than all but two other Southeastern states.* That growth is increasingly uneven and concentrated in the metro areas of Charlotte and Raleigh.The Carolinas have a long history...
Mar 13, 2014
Charlotte's metro has one of the fastest-growing college-educated populations in the U.S. Where exactly do the educated live in Charlotte? As people with college degrees cluster in metros, what does that mean for rural areas? The number of...
Feb 12, 2014
Whether you want to look up data or understand an issue or trend affecting the Charlotte region, the online resources of the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute are available to help you. There are also many other programs on campus that work with local...
Feb 06, 2014
The carbon footprint of a household can vary greatly based on income and location. Researchers from UC Berkeley included these factors in a new analysis. The result is a set of interactive maps that show carbon footprints based on ZIP codes.**...
Nov 14, 2013
How do we use maps in the modern world? Your smart phone, GPS, digital camera and daily weather report all use modern versions of maps called geographic information systems. GIS day is an event that helps explain the growing importance of this...
Oct 30, 2013
A U.S. Postal Service change requiring the use of centralized box units in new neighborhoods is causing problems in some developments being forced to switch in mid-construction. Joe Padilla of the Charlotte-based Real Estate and Building Industry...
Oct 17, 2013
Jody Pressley, project leader for the Transportation Information Management System, is featured in the November issue of School Bus Fleet magazine as one of “14 Phenomenal Women in School Transportation.” TIMS is a collaboration among the UNC...
Oct 03, 2013
Population growth in Charlotte has always come with plenty of costs, but rising incomes and prosperity were part of the expected returns. Yet it turns out that during the recent recession and economic downturn, as population growth continued,...
Aug 29, 2013
Click here to read the article that explains this data dashboard.
Aug 29, 2013
Click here to read the article that explains this data dashboard.