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CHICAGO, October 29, 2001 – World Business Chicago has launched the most comprehensive, data-intensive source of information on metropolitan Chicago in the region’s history. The web site paints a statistical portrait of Chicago’s nation-sized economy and the metropolitan quality-of-life it supports.

This web site was designed Целых to meet the information needs of business decision makers, site selection professionals, the real estate community and the media across the nation and worldwide. Its hundreds of pages of facts also make the web site a versatile marketing tool for businesses and economic development organizations throughout Chicago’s nine-county primary metropolitan statistical area (PMSA), from which much of the data is drawn.

“Site surfers will be surprised to learn how big, powerful and diversified we are and in how many business categories metropolitan Chicago is number-one nationally and internationally. Here are the facts that tell the story of one of the world’s most dynamic cities,” said Paul O’Connor, executive director of World Business Chicago. “Here is the proof of Chicago’s greatness.”

For business and site selection professionals, the website details the resources required to build and grow a successful, world-class business in Chicago. With just the click of a mouse on Why Chicago the user learns first-hand about Chicago, its vibrant business community and its unparalleled quality of life.

A Deeper Look provides data and statistics, industrial and office real estate market overviews, a comparison of the Chicago-area to 12 U.S. metro areas and demographic information for the business professional who may be thinking about relocating a business.

Business Resources provides information for those businesses who are actively considering a move to Chicago. With an expansive overview of business regulations, taxes, permits and business-assistance services, this section provides tools to businesses who are ready to initiate a move.

Chicago-based Designkitchen produced the web site with clean, crisp imagery to project the quality-of-life Chicago offers. Its ease of navigation was accomplished by designing the site with user-friendly architecture, including the use of global navigation and a clickable visual foot path or “bread crumbs” which walks the user through the site.

Users can link to multiple state and Chicago area web sites, including the City of Chicago; Mayor’s Council of Technology Advisors; Department of Commerce and Community Affairs (DCCA); Chicago Public Library; regional economic development organizations, and international business organizations.

Regular updates to the site will occur as information becomes available. Chicago area businesses are encouraged to submit news releases and/or articles for inclusion in the Chicago News section within the web site’s Newsroom.

Come to know Chicago as the true intersection of commerce and culture. Visithttp://www.worldbusinesschicago.com today.

About World Business Chicago

World Business Chicago (WBC) is a not-for-profit economic development organization chaired by Mayor Richard M. Daley and directed by Paul O’Connor. WBC leads in marketing Chicago’s competitive advantages, coordinates business retention and attraction efforts, and seeks to enhance Chicago’s business climate by being a thought leader in economic development policy. For more information, visitwww.worldbusinesschicago.com or call (312) 553-0500.

Media Contact:

Meghan Risch

(312) 553-4658

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