The Brookings Institution and the National Endowment for the Arts recently hosted an event dealving deeply into data around the affects of the Creative Class on Economic Development.
We built our Site Selector web-based mapping tool using open-source technology allowing us to easily add geo-data, and end-users to intuitivly toggle layers on a map. For example, universities, industrial districts, and commercial real estate can be added so the user can get a feel for which areas of the city have a convergence those things. In this blog post I discuss a bit about the process of building the tool.
Built in Chicago (BiC) is a connector for, and promoter of Chicago’s fast-growing entrepreneurial ecosystem in the digital technology sector. The grass roots, social website has been very popular and works well as a connector, but in order to take it to the next level and begin ramp up the promotion side, BiC was in need of a stronger identity. As a member of the committee to develop a BiC logo, I’d like to share some insights into the process.