As cities fight over Amazon HQ2, we discussed the process and impact of attracting corporate offices to cities like Chicago. The first Zoning Breakfast Briefing of 2018 reviewed recent successful office relocations and expansions, including McDonalds, ConAgra, ADM, and more. We discusse the factors influencing businesses today in office relocations and expansion, as well as trends for the future.
Donna Pugh moderated a panel of experts consisting of Chris Hall, Urban Strategy Leader at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM), Dougal Hewitt, Chief Officer for Mission & External Affairs at Presence Health Network, who recently moved its headquarters to downtown Chicago, and Meredith O’Connor, International Director and Chairman of Headquarter Practice Group for Jones Lang Lasalle. Our panelists each brought a unique understanding of the business relocation process.