Thanks to 385 companies that either expanded or located in Chicago in 2014, Chicago has been named Site Selection’s Top Metro in the U.S. for the second consecutive year.

Competition for first wasn’t even close, as Chicago significantly outpaced the second place Houston area’s 265 projects and third place Cincinnati at 196. According to Site Selection, the Chicago's growth can be attributed to diversity, innovation and disruption in the city's economy.

From Site Selection Magazine:

“Winning back-to-back speaks to the economic leadership and the work being done here in the city and the region,” says Jeff Malehorn, president and CEO of World Business Chicago, tipping his cap to Mayor Rahm Emanuel, assorted partner organizations and the business community. 

Chicago’s appeal is hardly surprising. The city’s boasts outstanding transportation and logistical assets, including two international airports, a rail hub and seaport, and stands at the crossroads of major Interstates. Chicago and the region are home to a wealth of talent educated at some of the nation’s premier colleges and universities. Foreign companies looking for a US home are drawn to the city’s diverse ethnic population. “Any company outside the US can look to Chicago and see a home,” says Malehorn.

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