Tedd Carrison's Blog
Chicago has been called the most American of American cities. If it is in fact a mirror to the nation, the similarities may be most evident in the makeup of the regional economy. The Chicago region’s industry mix most closely matches the U.S. among major metros.
CrowdPitch invites tech-oriented entrepreneurs to present their ideas to a panel of startup experts and an audience of peers and spectators. Through the allocation of “FUN” money, audience members “fund” their favorite idea(s) at the end of the evening. The Chicago event offered a prize package from various sponsors that amounted to $5,500 in startup assistance for the crowd favorite.
When it comes to local economic reporting, many media and research organizations take a mosaic approach. Markets are complex, direct relationships are unclear, and sweeping coverage can imply connections that don’t exist. Broad interpretive reporting on the Chicago economy is scarce; often, the audience must assemble the pieces. A rare exception came last month at the Metro Chicago Information Center's annual urban forum.
The Chicago MetroPulse website is new interface for searching and analyzing the vast data sets of the Chicago Regional Indicators Project. The Regional Indicators Project is the collaborative effort of the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning and the Chicago Community Trust to compile, standardize, and disseminate data that quantify many aspects of life in northeastern Illinois.