Thursday, September 08, 2016

Chicago as the nation's next tech hotspot?

Crain's Chicago Business reports:
Thanks to women and millennials, Chicago came out on top of a survey of tech professionals who were asked to pick future U.S. tech hotspots.

That ought to be music to the ears of Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who loves to rave about Chicago as a magnet for all the engineers and computer scientists coming out of Big Ten schools, and to all the companies that have been moving downtown in search of young talent.

Chicago edged Houston (51 percent to 47 percent) in a survey of 500 IT decision-makers by Alison + Partners, public relations firm based in San Francisco. Boston, whose tech cred goes back to Digital Equipment in the late 1950s, finished third at 43 percent. (Go figure. I can't decide whether that says more about the survey or Boston's reputation. Or maybe Boston can't be the next tech hub because it already is?)
Some encouraging news for Chicago.