Mayor Rahm Emanuel and World Business Chicago announced a new fellowship program [this week]. It's designed to have some of Chicago's "best and brightest" younger professionals in the private sector lend their talents to the city for a few months.
This morning, World Business Chicago hosted a roundtable discussion among a group of Chicago’s business leaders about supplier diversity.
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.
The Atlantic recently released the World’s 25 Most Economically Powerful Cities and Chicago came in at #4.
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.
Did you know that World Business Chicago is the only place to find certain information about our city?
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.
A couple days ago I met with a new Chicago-based company called ‘GET LOCAL CHICAGO.’ Great concept. Basically these are a bunch of Chicago-based food manufacturers who’ve banded together in support of a brand new entrepreneurial “Gifting Co-op” venture to sell corporate gift boxes comprised entirely of food products made in Chicago.
Inspired by CMAP’s application of Purdue Center for Regional Development methodology, I set out to adapt a series of “bubble charts” to communicate the relative position of Chicago’s industry strengths.
Bubble charts are a visually appealing way to combine three sets of data, enabling readers to quickly understand how, in this case, an industry is positioned within the regional economy.