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Old March 17th, 2016, 02:12 AM   #1501
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GE Transportation’s Digital Solutions bets big on Chicago

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GE selected Chicago to be a core hub of its growing digital ecosystem and the company says it will provide deep investments to further advance its digital strategy.

Chicago will be the lead office for GE Transportation's Digital Solutions business where the company will create 160 new jobs focused solely on digital advancements in transportation, as well as healthcare. The company says these strategic investments continue to accelerate GE's transformation as the world's digital industrial company, and will make GE's presence even stronger, with more than 2,000 employees in the area and 3,000 across the state.

"These investments are evidence of Chicago's talent depth, innovation and growing digital ecosystem," said President and Chief Executive Officer Jamie Miller, GE Transportation. "Chicago's global business community, research universities, and strong depth in the transportation sector make it an ideal location for continuing to cultivate a diverse and dynamic digital workforce."

"Illinois is at the center of our nation's rail system, and the only state with all seven of the country's Class I railroads. As a transportation nexus with a rapidly developing tech sector, Illinois is the perfect home for GE Transportation's Digital Solutions business," Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner said. "Illinois' location and innovative tech companies also motivated GE Healthcare to move their headquarters to Chicago to be part of our world-class healthcare and life sciences cluster. We welcome GE Transportation's and GE Healthcare's growing footprint in Illinois with the addition of these important jobs to the greater Chicago region."
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Old March 20th, 2016, 08:21 PM   #1502
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TOP METROPOLITANS OF 2015

From Site Selection magazine, March 2016

Dare to be Greater

These regions know how to connect the dots, bridge the gaps and cultivate talent.


Talent shortage? Not in Chicago.
Photo courtesy of Lollapalooza 2015



by ADAM BRUNS & PATTY RASMUSSEN


You don’t have to be a genius to know a good place when you’ve found one.

The Chicago-based MacArthur Foundation, known for its “genius” fellowships, usually distributes its separate awards for creative and effective institutions to groups around the world. But in February, all 14 awards, representing over $6 million, went to the foundation’s hometown, where MacArthur each year already supports more than 300 arts and culture groups. Since 1978, MacArthur has invested nearly $1.1 billion in Chicago.

“Support for these leading organizations reflects our enduring commitment to Chicago and to its cultural life that enriches us all,” said MacArthur President Julia Stasch.



Site Selection’s Top Metros of 2015 are those enriched by facility project investment from corporations. Chicago tops the list among the largest cities in the US, followed by Houston and Dallas-Fort Worth in Texas, then Cincinnati and Columbus in Ohio..

A handful of companies struck gold in 2015 with project investments in multiple areas among our Top 30. But one stands out for leaving one No. 1 city for another. In October, ConAgra Foods decided to move its headquarters from Omaha to Chicago. By this summer, ConAgra is set to open up shop with 700 employees in new office space at Chicago’s Merchandise Mart, where GE Transportation moved its HQ in 2012 and Braintree moved its HQ in 2014.

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The New Multinationals

The headquarters highlight list was long last year for Chicago: GrubHub is adding 400 jobs, while Glassdoor is establishing its own 250-employee operation. Risk management and technology firm Prescient is moving 60 HQ jobs from Greater D.C. to Chicago’s Prudential Building after choosing the city over Charlotte and Miami. And online lender Avant is investing $52 million in a headquarters relocation move, all in the city proper.

Increasingly, the multinationals that matter to cities are not behemoths, but those of the startup, entrepreneurial variety. That’s because traditional multinationals are looking to partner with small, energetic firms rather than innovate internally. Then again, sometimes it’s a quick journey from tiny to giant.

“In less than three years we have grown from a three-man startup to adding 670 jobs to the economy,” said Avant CEO Al Goldstein last summer. “We plan on hiring an additional 300 employees this year and by the end of 2015, expect to employ approximately 1,000 people.”


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TOP METROS 2015 by Region


EAST NORTH CENTRAL


2015

2014

Metro

State

Projects


1 1 Chicago-Naperville-Elgin Ill.-Ind.-Wis. 376
2 2 Cincinnati Ohio-Ky.-Ind. 169
3 3 Columbus Ohio 108
4 4 Detroit-Warren-Dearborn Mich. 95
5 5 Louisville/Jefferson County Ky.-Ind. 92
6 6 Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson Ind. 58
7 7 Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington Minn.-Wis. 54
8 8 Cleveland-Elyria Ohio 53
9 9 Dayton Ohio 43
10 14 Grand Rapids-Wyoming Mich. 31

MOUNTAIN


1 1 Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale Ariz. 56
2 4 Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise Nev. 26
3 T2 Denver-Aurora-Lakewood Colo. 22
T4 7 Reno Nev. 20
T4 T2 Salt Lake City Utah 20
6 5 Albuquerque N.M. 12
T7 17 Boise City Idaho 10
T7 6 Tucson Ariz. 10
9 10 Ogden-Clearfield Utah 7
10 8 Provo-Orem Utah 4

NORTHEAST


1 1 New York-Newark-Jersey City N.Y.-N.J.-Pa. 62
2 2 Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington Pa.-N.J.-Del.-Md. 57
3 3 Pittsburgh Pa. 52
4 4 Boston-Cambridge-Newton Mass.-N.H. 42
5 12 Providence-Warwick R.I.-Mass. 23
6 5 Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton Pa.-N.J. 20
7 8 Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford Conn. 16
8 6 Youngstown-Warren-Boardman Ohio-Pa. 14
9 32 Altoona Pa. 12
10 21 Albany-Schenectady-Troy N.Y. 11

PACIFIC


1 1 San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward Calif. 30
2 2 Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim Calif. 29
3 5 Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue Wash. 25
4 4 Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario Calif. 19
T5 3 Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro Ore.-Wash. 18
T5 9 Stockton-Lodi Calif. 18
T5 T7 San Diego-Carlsbad Calif. 18
8 T7 San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara Calif. 17
9 5 Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade Calif. 11
10 10 Spokane-Spokane Valley Wash. 6

SOUTH ATLANTIC


1 1 Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell Ga. 89
2 2 Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia N.C.-S.C. 77
T3 3 Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington Pa.-N.J.-Del.-Md. 57
T3 4 Washington-Arlington-Alexandria D.C.-Va.-Md.-WV 57
5 12 Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach Fla. 43
6 11 Durham-Chapel Hill N.C. 38
7 5 Baltimore-Columbia-Towson Md. 37
8 6 Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater Fla. 34
T9 7 Greensboro-High Point N.C. 31
T9 10 Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News Va.-N.C. 31

SOUTH CENTRAL


1 1 Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land Texas 284
2 3 Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington Texas 201
3 2 Cincinnati Ohio-Ky.-Ind. 169
4 5 Louisville/Jefferson County Ky.-Ind. 92
5 6 Austin-Round Rock Texas 59
6 4 Nashville-Davidson-Murfreesboro-Franklin Tenn. 46
7 8 New Orleans-Metairie La. 41
8 7 San Antonio-New Braunfels Texas 40
9 10 Tulsa Okla. 39
10 9 Baton Rouge La. 36

WEST NORTH CENTRAL

1 1 Kansas City Mo.-Kan. 73
2 5 Omaha-Council Bluffs Neb.-Iowa 55
3 2 Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington Minn.-Wis. 54
4 30 Lincoln Neb. 28
5 7 Sioux City Iowa-Neb.-S.D. 24
6 3 St. Louis Mo.-Ill. 21
7 4 Des Moines-West Des Moines Iowa 18
8 16 Wichita Kan. 15
9 6 Davenport-Moline-Rock Island Iowa-Ill. 13
10 8 Sioux Falls S.D. 9



METROS WITH POPULATIONS OVER 1 MILLION


2015

2014

Metro

State

Count


1 1 Chicago-Naperville-Elgin Ill.-Ind.-Wis. 376
2 2 Houston-The Woodlands- Sugar Land Texas 284
3 5 Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington Texas 201
4 3 Cincinnati Ohio-Ky.-Ind. 169
5 7 Columbus Ohio 108
6 8 Detroit-Warren-Dearborn Mich. 95
7 9 Louisville/Jefferson County Ky.-Ind. 92
8 4 Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell Ga. 89
9 13 Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia N.C.-S.C. 77
10 10 Kansas City Mo.-Kan. 73


METROS WITH POPULATION 200,000 TO 1 MILLION


1 13 Omaha-Council Bluffs Neb.-Iowa 55
2 2 Dayton Ohio 43
3 4 Tulsa Okla. 39
4 6 Durham-Chapel Hill N.C. 38
5 3 Baton Rouge La. 36
6 1 Greensboro-High Point N.C. 31
7 NA Lincoln Neb. 28
8 16 Lexington-Fayette Ky. 26
9 7 Akron Ohio 23
10 25 Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton N.C. 22

METROS WITH POPULATION LESS THAN 200,000

1 2 Sioux City Iowa-Neb.-S.D. 24
2 3 Bowling Green Ky. 18
T3 6 Gainesville Ga. 15
T3 24 Janesville-Beloit Wis. 15
5 93 Altoona Pa. 12
T6 31 Auburn-Opelika Ala. 10
T6 24 Lima Ohio 10
8 NA Decatur Ill. 9
T9 9 Burlington N.C. 8
T9 13 Decatur Ala. 8

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The jewel in Chicago’s startup crown is business incubator 1871, the flagship project of the Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center. Opened in May 2012 and already home to more than 350 early-stage, high-growth digital startups, the facility just finished an expansion taking it to nearly 200,000 sq. ft. at the Merchandise Mart. Featuring venture capital firms, niche accelerators and multiple university satellite offices, there’s no better model for an incubator ecosystem. And there’s no fiercer champion for it than outspoken 1871 CEO Howard Tullman, who in a January blog decried “first mover” status in favor of the real-world, concrete value he sees Chicago companies delivering. He also offered insight into why Site Selection’s Top Metros have such a strong Midwest component:

“We’re seeing similar growth and prospects in other cities throughout the Midwest,” he wrote, “as the ‘rise of the rest’ continues unabated while the fantasy stories on both coasts continue to crumble.”


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Old March 21st, 2016, 04:03 AM   #1503
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Old June 2nd, 2016, 08:30 AM   #1506
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According to Crain's, McDonalds will be moving their headquarters from Oak Brook to the West Loop.
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Old June 8th, 2016, 11:48 PM   #1507
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New Hotel Occupying Sliver of Chicago Land

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The Streeterville neighbourhood in Chicago, which encompasses the popular Navy Pier, is about to welcome a new 21-storey building. Developed by ECD Company affiliate SMASHotels, a Marriott Autograph Collection Hotel will be occupying the small site at 224 East Ontario Street.
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Old July 27th, 2016, 05:06 AM   #1508
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Cherryman Industries expands and relocates Midwest distribution center to Aurora from Indianapolis

Los Angeles-based Cherryman Industries, a manufacturer of high-end environmentally-friendly office furniture, has relocated its Midwest distribution center to 2413 Prospect Drive in Aurora Illinois, from the Indianapolis market.
Newmark Grubb Knight Frank advised and represented the company, who needed to improve efficiencies and be closer to Chicago due to the growth of its furniture sales locally, and ultimately signed a long-term, 160,000-square-foot lease at the facility. Cherryman Industries will take occupancy of the new facility this summer
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Whole Foods’New Ditribution facility in Pullman- Chicago’s South Side

Whole Foods’ distribution center to make a big impact on Chicago’s South Side, entire Midwest
hole Foods this week began construction of a new Midwest distribution center that will bring more than 100 new jobs to the South Side of Chicago and help the company better serve its growing roster of stores throughout the Midwest.
Whole Foods broke ground July 26 on a 150,000-square-foot Midwest distribution facility in Chicago’s Pullman neighborhood. The new facility, which is expected to open in the early days of 2018, will initially provide jobs for 150 people.
The new center will also play a large role in Whole Foods’ Midwest plans, providing distribution services to up to 70 of the grocer’s locations in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska and Iowa.
Whole Foods’ decision to build the center in the Pullman neighborhood makes sense. The location is close to major highways and will serve as a key part of the grocer’s plans to increase its presence in Chicago....Chicago’s gain, though, is Indiana’s loss. Whole Foods will close its existing Midwest distribution center in Munster, Indiana, with this move.
The Pullman distribution center will be twice the size of the one in Munster, and will occupy 17 acres of empty land owned by U.S. Bank. It is also just the latest bit of good news to hit this neighborhood. Chicago Neighborhood Initiatives has already invested $130 million in the neighborhood since 2011, including funds that helped transform the former Ryerson factory site into the Pullman Park retail center. That project has created more than 750 permanent jobs in Pullman. In 2015, Method Products built its first U.S. factory here....
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Chicago is the #1 ranked metro for Corporate Investment -- 2nd year in a row!!!

Chicago is #1 for corporate investment for the 2nd year in a row -- leads all cities in the nation!

https://chicago.curbed.com/2017/5/1/...ons-investment



Indeed, reports of Chicago's demise have been greatly exaggerated. It is truly the opposite of that -- in fact, Chicago is alive, well and thriving.



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Old May 3rd, 2017, 02:37 AM   #1511
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Chicago is #1 for corporate investment for the 2nd year in a row -- leads all cities in the nation!

https://chicago.curbed.com/2017/5/1/...ons-investment



Indeed, reports of Chicago's demise have been greatly exaggerated. It is truly the opposite of that -- in fact, Chicago is alive, well and thriving. .
I think it is 4 years in a row...


For the fourth year in a row, the Chicago metropolitan area has taken the top spot on Site Selection magazine’s list for corporate growth. The magazine, which focuses on corporate relocations and investment, tallies a total of 424 projects in the Chicago area in 2016. The total number of corporate facility project investments is up from previous years (376 in 2015 and 385 in 2014), marks another sign of confidence in the Chicago market from employers and investors seeking to capitalize on the area’s talent pool and access to major infrastructural hubs.


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According to World Business Chicago, a public-private economic development organization, the Chicago metro area saw 350 corporate expansions and relocations last year. This activity translates to $2.8 billion in new investment and 14,000 jobs created, World Business Chicago reports. Major corporate relocations or expansions last year include new Chicago offices for companies like Mars Wrigley, McDonald’s, Wilson Sporting Goods, and Motorola Solutions.

The outlook for 2017 is also strong, Mayor Rahm Emanuel suggests. “Leading the country in corporate investment means more jobs and opportunities throughout Chicago,” Mayor Emanuel stated in the World Business Chicago announcement. “The city of Chicago has a bright future, and it is clear that businesses from across the country and around the world want to be part of what we are building here.”
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Chicago needs some new/different blood in the mayor's seat. Rahm has been aright, but Chicago needs more than just alright at this moment. The old system that has been in place for the last 60-70 years is little better than stagnant. Chicago has magnitudes more potential.
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So Chicago is doing well but Illinois not so much. Is that the actual situation?
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So Chicago is doing well but Illinois not so much. Is that the actual situation?
Yes the Chicago MSA has an unemployment rate of 4.5% as of Nov '16, the most recent report available.
And as the article states 4 years running leading the country in corporate investment of physical properties. And has lead the country in corporate relocations. The rest of Illinois has a few bright spots, like Champaign-Urbana, and Bloomington both university towns. Any place that relies on manufacturing is generally in a global dogfight for jobs. And deep southern Illinois has been coal dependent.
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Chicago Chinese Consulate Rally to End The Yulin Dog Meat Festival.

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The Rally is May 19, 11:00 am to 2:00 Pm CDT. The Location is Consulate General of the peoples Republic of China. 1 East Erie St. 500, Chicago Illinois, 60654. The Rally's are being organized by the citizens lobbyist for H. Res. 30 To end the DCMT. The turn out for all of the rallies is looking very sparse. Please try to attend one of them that is close by. If you cannot attend a rally then write a letter to the Chinese embassy at the address stated above. Or you can send a letter to the Chinese embassy in DC. The address is 3505 International Place north west, Washington D.C. 20008 U.S.A. A flood of either thousands of people at the rally's or thousands of handwritten letters with pictures of your beloved fur babies sent to the embassies will have a strong impact on ending the Yulin catastrophe. Please act now, we are running out of time. The summer solstice in June is when the next dog meat festival is planned. Please we need to overwhelm the Chinese embassy's and let them know how serious we are about stopping this hideous festival.
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