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How Chicago Plans to Be a Global Tech Player Following Amazon HQ2 News

Tuesday, November 20, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Sandy Thomas
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Although Chicago’s bid to become the site of Amazon’s second headquarters (“HQ2”) didn’t win, the tech giant inspired Chicago leaders to build more than a landing spot for one company; leaders are now on a quest to build a landing spot for the most innovative technology companies in the world.

The leadership committee that the city assembled for the Amazon bid included many of the same leaders who are at the helm of the Civic Committee of the Commercial Club’s P33 initiative, which endeavors to make Chicago a top global innovation hub by 2033. These leaders — who include former U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker, repeat entrepreneur Chris Gladwin (whose company Cleversafe was acquired by IBM for $1.3B), and former General Counsel of the U.S. Department of Commerce Kelly Welsh — are strategizing how to collectively apply their respective expertise and success for the greater good of the community. If successful, their strategy will lift all boats — including their own — in the end.

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