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Innovation is essential to growth in any space, but it’s become a cornerstone of the American economy with the loss of industrial and manufacturing strength. Coming to Chicago from May 2 to June 1 is the UChicago Innovation Fest 2017, which is all about spurring exactly the kind of innovation we need to keep moving forward.

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The University community and the public will come together to listen, consider and speculate about ventures and science that will lead our communities in years to come in areas of technology, science and the arts.

Much like the old-timey “World’s Fairs” where inventions and ideas were display to remind us all of our human capacity as creators, the Innovation Fest will host workshops, discussions and competitions.
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Pat DuganGrowing a city and state’s global recognition and allure takes a lot of things. Having a smart, educated population is paramount among them, and so is creating educational diversity. Business and commerce innovations at the local level are often driven by thinkers and innovators from all over the world, bound by curiosity and ambition. As a country, we’ve historically fed our higher education systems with a strong number of international students.
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Pat DuganAmid all the hubbub about industrializing our country again and bringing jobs home, we’re getting by with a little help from newfound friends. We’ve found an enthusiastic partner in China.

In mid-March, Chicago hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for a new manufacturing plant set to build 846 new railcars for the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) to replace nearly half of the agency’s current railcar fleet. This new facility and business operations are spurred by Chinese investment.
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Pat DuganWe love working in downtown Chicago. So do a lot of our clients. So do a lot of our candidates. Unlike a lot of other urban cores, Chicago has a vibrancy, character and sense of life that’s missing in so many other city centers.

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Rendering of new McDonald's HQ

The fact that people want to live and work here, and be part of a scene you just don’t find in many other large American cities, has been a point of difference for this town for over 20 or 30 years.

Long before other cities caught on to the benefits of having affluent professionals and white-collar types staying within the city limits, raising families and building a better overall community, Chicago was already swinging it.


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Photo source: CNN

Photo source: CNN

That pretty much says it all, doesn’t it? After 108 years of what felt like futility, the North Siders finally beat the jinx, the curse, the voodoo that had held them back from bringing home a World Series crown.
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cubs-sox-logos-together-thumb-500x304-1361011Pat DuganThere’s a lot that unites us, one and all, as Chicagoans. Beyond the Red Line or our definition of pizza.

So as the Cubs look like a team of destiny — an uplifting destiny, not one that’s shaped by terms like “Bartman” or “goat” — wouldn’t it be good if we could come together, Northsiders and Southsiders alike, to celebrate their success?
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Pat DuganSome of us here at North Bridge are South Siders at heart, so it pains us to acknowledge competence anywhere around the intersection of Clark and Addison. If you’re not from Chicago, find a Chicagoan and ask them what that means. If you’re from around here, there’s no explanation necessary.

But as staffing and recruiting professionals, we always have to admire when an organization gets it right. Hiring Theo Epstein to be the man in charge of the Chicago Cubs turned out to be exactly the perfect move for that franchise.

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Pat DuganWe recently wrote about a youth jobs program that’s desperately needed in Chicago, and soon after that the Tribune brought more heat to the topic with this extensive feature story about the challenges of bringing jobs to our city’s young people — and the consequences of failure.

You can wrap those up in one simple quote from the story:

“The two trends are tragically intertwined, where youth unemployment contributes to the incidence of violence, and violence in our communities contributes to many barriers to employment, both because of the violence itself and because of the criminal justice system’s response to that violence,” said Matt Bruce, executive director of the Chicagoland Workforce Funder Alliance.
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Pat DuganThis summer, 30,000 young people in Chicago got the opportunity to work and learn new skills, thanks to the One Summer Chicago program. We’d say that’s a win-win for everybody.

Major Emanuel, who’s probably happy to have some good news to share this year, announced the program’s success at a One Summer Chicago press event last week:

“The summer months are when our youth need us the most, which is why we now have the largest summer jobs program in Chicago’s history with opportunities for youth from every neighborhood.”

It’s the kind of program that shows off how municipal and private partners can come together to make good things happen, and give these youngsters the promise of outcomes that can better their lives.
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pat_smallAs the new baseball season moves forward, we’ve got to wonder – did anybody really have faith that the Cubs would have the season they did last year? Even those of us who have been known to raise a cheer (or a beer) or two for the boys on the South Side have to give credit where credit is due…

And we’d say a lot of that credit goes to Joe Maddon, who’s made a practice of getting teams to perform to their max potential.
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pat_smallHere’s a surprising run of statistics that, for some people, show Chicago in an unexpected light: according to a recent report compiled by commercial real estate firm CBRE, Chicago was one of the fastest-growing cities in the U.S. when it came to generating tech jobs as the country emerged from the recession.

Between 2010 and 2013, the number of tech jobs here rose an impressive 25.8 percent. That’s significant not just because they’re good jobs in a region that’s been written off by doomsayers as being inescapably trapped in its “Rust Belt” heritage, but because that rate of growth actually put Chicago in the top three cities in America – actually ahead of New York, L.A. and Atlanta.  Chicago has 133,170 jobs in tech fields, according to CBRE, or about 3.5 percent of all jobs.
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Pat DuganChicago’s own Tom Skilling, meteorologist supreme, called the snowstorm this weekend the “Super Bowl Blizzard,” and it was a serious blast of wintry weather…unlike the “Snowmageddon” the New York media was making so much noise about last week. Hey, East Coast, here’s how we do it in the Midwest!

It’s officially the fifth-largest blizzard to hit Chicago, dumping nineteen inches of snow in its passing. Today, we’re already digging out and moving on, without nearly as much press and distress as if it had happened in, say, Manhattan.  The commute got rough and it was no cakewalk, by any means, but a storm that would have paralyzed other cities for days is something we just deal with, and move on.

Screen-Shot-2015-02-01-at-9.25.02-AMWinter snowstorms are bound up with the history of Chicago, of course. A mayor’s ability to mobilize resources to cope with what nature deposits on our streets and expressways is one of the ways by which we measure their competence, most famously costing Michael Bilandic the job after the great Blizzard of 1979.
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