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PR Tech Biz: News from the City of Chicago, Austin, Champaign, Atlanta

PR Tech BIZ from Great Tech Pros:

Each month we take a quick look at the local business technology news that’s happening in a city near you and then share it in an easy to read and digest format.


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Mayor Emanuel to kick off the 4 Day Event with a Panel Beside Chicago’s Top Technology and Business Leaders


Today, Mayor Rahm Emanuel joined in the kick-off event for ThinkChicago: Lollapalooza 2013.  For the next 4 days, Mayor Emanuel will host 100 technology and computer science focused university students from across the country as well as alumni of the ThinkChicago program to take a tour of the Chicago’s fast growing tech scene and also attend the 3-day Lollapalooza music festival. ThinkChicago is a collaboration with World Business Chicago, ChicagoNEXT, 1871, Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center (CEC), Chicago Ideas Week, University of Illinois, Google Chicago, Motorola Mobility, Sears Holdings, Built In Chicago, Illinois Technology Association (ITA), and Lollapalooza.

On the second day of the event, the Mayor participated in a panel hearing pitches from ThinkChicago students on tech solutions to improve the quality of life for Chicagoans. Mayor Emanuel attended the panel at the city’s innovation technology hub, 1871, alongside the City’s Chief Information Officer Brenna Berman, GrubHub CEO and Co-Founder Matt Maloney and Chief Operating Officer and Co-Founder of Power2Switch to address the admitted students. The panel will be followed by a company showcase featuring company leadership and engineers from over 20 local companies: Belly, Braintree, Brighttag, Built In Chicago, Catamaran, Centro, Civis Analytics, Cleversafe, Groupon, GrubHub, HERE, HireBrite, kCura, Morningstar, Motorola, Narrative Science, Nielsen, Orbitz, Power2Switch, Sears, Spot Hero, Sprout Social, Threadless, Vibes.

To learn more about this event, click here.



Austin-Texas-Logo-TX TechnologyReport discusses exceptions process to minimum requirements for receiving economic incentives.



The City of Austin’s Economic Growth and Redevelopment Services Office, which implements the City’s economic development policy and initiatives, has released its 2013 Report and Recommendations on the City’s Economic Development Policy.

The report responds to direction received from the Council Special Committee on Economic Incentives that included Mayor Leffingwell, Council Member Martinez Place 2, Council Member Morrison Place 4, and Council Member Tovo Place 3. The Special Committee directed EGRSO to develop an exceptions process to newly proposed minimum requirements for receiving economic incentives; a review of best practices for local hiring requirements; and a recommendation on mitigating newly proposed construction worker minimum pay rates and prevailing wage rates based on a stakeholder process called for by the Special Committee.

The report also includes a program for encouraging company investment in local education/workforce development programs or STEM programs (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math); a bonus system to retain successful Austin companies that have created significant employment opportunities; and a bonus system to encourage companies to locate closer to the Downtown core.

For more about this report, click here.

Champaign Connection – Episode 37

Champaign Illinois TechnologyThe 37th episode of Champaign Connection airs thru the end of September.




  • Champaign Connection – Episode 37 Amanda Raklovits (Children’s Librarian) talks about the ever-expanding resources available from the Champaign Public Library. Learn how technology is changing the Library’s offerings and how easy it is to get your hands on the “smartest card in your wallet”.
  • Angela Adams (former Recycling Coordinator) educates viewers about the various recycling options available in Champaign, including curbside pickup, electronics recycling, and yard waste disposal.
  • Ben Newell (Police Officer) gives viewers a behind the scenes look at Champaign’s Crime Scene Unit. Learn more about this important team and how the popular show C.S.I. has both a positive and a negative effect on their work.

For more about this episode, click here.

Department of Information Technology Enhances Municipal Courts eAccess Online Payment Site

Atlanta Georgia TechnologyPayment now accepted through Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox



ATLANTA — The City of Atlanta’s Department of Information Technology announced the deployment of the enhanced Municipal Courts eServices online payment site today. With improved functionality, the site is now accessible through Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox web browsers, allowing residents to pay for citations online.

Courtview is the Atlanta Municipal Court’s case management system used to process traffic, criminal, red light and parking cases. The eServices component provides access to court case information with the capability for constituents to search cases and pay balances for citations. Constituents can process payments via credit cards or Paypal through the convenience of the web.

For more information about this new technology, click here.


Mayor Emanuel Announces the Expansion of the ThinkChicago: Ideas Week Program

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Mayor Emanuel, University of Illinois, Chicago Ideas Week and World Business Chicago invite technology students from Midwestern universities to apply for 150 slots in the ThinkChicago: Ideas Week 2013 program; By October more than 400 Students will Have Participated in Innovative Program.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel, University of Illinois, Chicago Ideas Week, and World Business Chicago are teaming up to launch the 3rd annual ThinkChicago: Ideas Week program, which will give 150 elite technology students from Midwestern universities the opportunity to take a tour of Chicago’s fast-growing tech scene, meet with the leaders of Chicago’s most innovative tech companies, and gain free admission to select programming at Chicago Ideas Week, where some of the world’s brightest thought leaders will inspire, connect and activate the city of Chicago and beyond. The program will expand to serve 150 students, up from 100 students in 2012 and 50 students in 2011, and take place October 17-19, 2013. This will bring to more than 400 the total number of students who have participated in the program.

For more about this program, click here.