Over the last couple of weeks, Chicago has ramped up its efforts to become the go-to home for tech companies of the future. As this blog has covered, Mayor Rahm Emanuel has announced plans to make the city the most connected one in the world and is visiting local universities in an attempt to convince graduates with technology degrees to stay local. He has also cited organizations like Groupon and GrubHub as examples of businesses that are taking advantages of what the city has to offer.
Now, city executives have announced the creation of a new tech council that will strive to attract talent and improving the cities efforts in three targeted areas: digital, clean technology and life science. According to the Chicago Tribune, the group,called ChicagoNEXT, will be headed by area entrepreneur J.B. Pritzker.
“ChicagoNEXT is focused on making Chicago the best possible place for technology entrepreneurs,” Pritzker said in a statement.
With the first meeting set for mid-November, the council will continue to back Emanuel’s trips to local colleges as well as increase their efforts in outreach to venture capitalists. Pritzker also mentioned that the council needs to recognized that the target areas function differently, and the council must be willing to use various methods to ensure growth can be made across the board.
As Chicago continues to push for more technology jobs and improves their position as a startup hub, many new and relocating businesses are going to need networking, cabling and telecommunication solutions. Area IT consulting firms like CTI Technology can be reliable partners as companies get ready to open their doors.
As Chicago continues to push for more technology jobs and improves their position as a startup hub, many new and relocating businesses are going to need networking, cabling and telecommunication solutions