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Driven Doers: Nigel Griswold & Ben Calnin

03.14.17 | Announcements

Ben (left) and Nigel (right)

Our Driven Doer series each month highlights passionate, motivated people who help advance Delta’s mission of achieving a resilient Great Lakes environment and economy.

For March, we are featuring the duo that founded Dynamo Metrics. Nigel Griswold and Ben Calnin founded the company in 2014 to use data to improve decision-making in legacy cities across the Great Lakes region.


What do you do?

Nigel: I am Managing Director and Economist at Dynamo Metrics, a mission-oriented govtech and research firm. We quantify and predict the social and economic impacts of alternative policy and investment choices and then translate actionable insights as support to decision makers. Our goal is to help local government best leverage its data resource to reach improved performance and outcomes. My day-to-day has two primary functions: project management and running the back end of a growing information technology company and designing and performing applied spatial economic analysis with the data systems we build.


Ben Calnin

Ben: I am also Managing Director with Dynamo Metrics and I do data science! Primarily I work on the construction and design of property level data systems for communities. The systems are designed to produce data that is ready for analysis focused on understanding economic and social outcomes. I also perform design and programming for our custom web-mapping platform that integrates our data system so we can share data and the results of analysis to aid decision-makers in making policy choices.


What drives you and inspires you to get up in the morning?

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Nigel fishing in Michigan

Nigel: The belief that translating research and analytic insight derived from complex spatial data systems will improve the effectiveness and performance of local government.

Ben: I want to change and improve how government and other decisions are made by creating scientifically objective information on social and economic outcomes. At the core of this is the belief that by doing so, we can improve peoples’ lives and improve the quality of our neighborhoods and cities.

How did you first get involved in Delta?

Ben: Dynamo first met Delta through our ongoing relationship with Gary, Indiana where we have created a data system and web-mapping platform to help the city in its decision-making processes. We recently worked with Delta on the production of a set of Green Infrastructure related indices and shared them on our web-mapping platform to help the city create a plan for green infrastructure implementation.

Delta in four word or less?

Nigel: Environmentally engaged local partner.

Favorite place in the Great Lakes region?

Ben: Candlewood Cabins in Richland Center, Wisconsin.

Nigel: North Branch of the Boardman River in Northwest Lower Michigan.