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Tech Firms Plan to Add 2,000 Jobs in Chicago by 2015

Sept. 24, 2012

Wailin Wong

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More than 20 Chicago-based technology companies have committed to creating more than 2,000 jobs in the city by 2015, Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced Monday.

The 21 companies include online food ordering service GrubHub, which hosted the press conference at its new downtown headquarters. Others include data firm ComScore and digital marketing technology startup BrightTag.

In the case of GrubHub, which moved nearly 300 employees to the Burnham Center at 111 W. Washington St. several weeks ago, the company is planning to add 250 jobs by 2015, nearly doubling in size. Of that amount, 75 to 100 positions will be added by the end of next year in a variety of areas including customer service, technology and marketing.

Other companies committing to major hiring plans include educational test preparation startup BenchPrep, which is backed by local venture capital firm Lightbank and plans to add 300 jobs. Cloud-based infrastructure company SingleHop, which has also committed to 300 jobs.

KCura, which makes a Web-based platform for the legal industry to conduct electronic discovery, said it currently has more than 250 employees, having hired more than 100 new staffers so far this year, and plans to add 150 to 300 new jobs by 2015.

"Chicago is now putting its footprint down in the digital economy," Emanuel said Monday, noting that more than 5,000 people are employed in tech startups just in the River North neighborhood, which is home to high-tech collaborative workspace 1871 in the Merchandise Mart and a number of other companies. Emanuel called this area the "Digital Alley."

The tech jobs announcement comes on the heels of the mayor's earlier announcement to make Chicago into a highly connected city for broadband, kicking off with free Wi-Fi in Millennium Park.


Source: (c)2012 the Chicago Tribune. Distributed by MCT Information Services.

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