Sprint For Chicago initiative to invest nearly $150 million in the city
Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Sprint (NYSE:S) recently announced the expansion of Sprint for Chicago, which will add more than 750 new jobs to neighborhoods throughout the city and an expected investment of nearly $150 million by the end of 2016. The announcement builds on the 300 new jobs that Mayor Emanuel and Sprint announced at the March 2015 launch of the Sprint for Chicago initiative.
“Sprint is doubling down on its commitment to Chicago by adding over 1,000 jobs to our city’s economy and further investing in the infrastructure that is bringing both the jobs and the technology to power Chicago’s neighborhoods and communities for the 21stcentury,” said Mayor Emanuel.
The additional 750 jobs include new retail positions to serve more customers, wireless experts, and network technicians and engineers. The available positions span all skill levels and will be located throughout the city of Chicago.
“Chicago continues to be Sprint’s city of choice for expanding its operations,” said Marcelo Claure, Sprint CEO. “We are in the midst of an historic turnaround at Sprint and as we continue to attract more customers to our network, we need more employees to serve their needs. Our innovative local market approach in Chicago brings us closer to our consumers and allows us to connect one-on-one with them so that we can exceed their expectations and create loyal customers for life.”
Sprint currently employs more than 800 people and has more than 160 stores across Chicagoland. The recent announcement not only doubles the company’s headcount, but increases network spending from $45 million to nearly $150 million over the next two years in the city of Chicago and $250 million in Chicagoland.
Chicago will be the first Sprint city upgraded to a faster network with the deployment of LTE Advanced technologies.
New cell sites will be located in neighborhoods throughout the city and include the areas around Rush University Medical Center, areas surrounding Garfield Park, and along Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) subway routes as part of the city’s project to upgrade the Chicago subway’s wireless network to 4G.
Sprint for Chicago is led by Tracy Nolan, president and general manager of Illinois and Wisconsin. She is based in Chicago and directs a team of more than 1,000 employees in sales, customer care, operations, network, finance, IT and marketing.
Residents interested in applying for open positions should visit www.sprint.com/jobs.