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The tech sector in Chicago is growing at a faster pace than the city's economy overall

Chicagoland Chamber Issues Call to Boost City’s Tech Sector 

With Chicago’s tech sector growing at a considerably faster pace than its overall economy, the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce has issued a report calling for public policies that support talent retention and encourage growth in the sector. The chamber debuted the report, “The Chicago Tech Effect,” in connection with its annual meeting earlier this month. 

“Given the strength and size of our booming tech sector, it is time that we, as a city, fully embrace this identity as a world-leading technology destination,” Chicagoland Chamber president Jack Lavin wrote in an introduction to the report. 

The report’s recommendations for bolstering Chicago’s tech sector include: 

  • “Lean into Chicago’s assets and create marketing avenues to sell Chicago’s strengths and successes.” 
  • “Advocate for policies and initiatives that will advance high-tech and deep-tech innovation in Chicago and not hinder the tech ecosystem’s momentum.”  
  • “Develop policies to address current gaps in Chicago’s tech talent pipeline.”  
  • “Bring greater awareness to all tech opportunities across Chicago’s economy by changing how tech is discussed.” 
  • “Lead with equity.”  

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