In Chicago, the move of several large employers from the suburbs to the CBD has prompted many suburban firms to reevaluate their current situation.
Is talent more accessible downtown? Can a firm grow faster in a CBD location?
While many industries are assessing this trend and asking these questions, associations and nonprofits, which have a large base in the Chicago area, have yet to enter the discussion.
CBRE’s own Gregg Witt, SVP, put on his reporter hat and penned a piece for Association Forum Magazine to bring them into the conversation.
In the story, Gregg interviewed multiple senior executives from both suburban-based and Chicago-based associations regarding their opinions on location and staffing issues.
The results were interesting:
- Some claim to have no issues with staffing in the suburbs.
- Some believe a move within the suburbs has helped their association grow.
- While others admit that having a Chicago address, or, being very close to Chicago and public transportation, has been beneficial for attracting talent.