FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 8, 2014
Uber Announces Job Growth Projection at New Midwest Headquarters
Technology company announces 425 Midwest jobs by end of 2016 under current rideshare regulations and market conditions
CHICAGO, IL – On Tuesday, Uber Technologies was joined by Illinois lawmakers, business leaders and tech community members to showcase their new Midwest Headquarters here. During the event, Andrew Macdonald, Uber’s Regional General Manager for the Midwest and Canada, highlighted the economic impact the company has had on the city of Chicago and announced projected job growth for Uber’s Midwest hub.
Under existing regulations and market conditions, Uber projects it’s Midwest headquarters will more than quadruple in size between now and 2016. The Midwest office started 2014 with 45 employees, a number that quickly grew to 75 staff members and is expected to reach approximately 500 employees by the end of 2016.
These employment projections are separate from, and do not include, the thousands of drivers who partner with Uber to provide expanded transportation options to tens of thousands of riders in the Chicagoland area.
“Our presence in the Midwest is expanding because riders and drivers love Uber,” said Macdonald. “We are continuing to build our internal staff to meet the growing consumer demand for rideshare services and those new jobs will have an impact throughout the region. Uber has proven to be a boon to Chicago’s economy and we expect that growth to continue under the current regulatory environment.”
Uber’s new office in the West Loop is 16,000 square feet and the largest to-date for the technology company. Guests toured the new space while hearing from the Uber team about their plans for a greater economic impact in Chicago coupled with their commitment to improving the quality of life in every Chicagoland community.
“Innovation and opportunity is the key to growing the economy for centuries to come,” said Howard Tullman, CEO, 1871. “Uber’s success and commitment to Chicago demonstrates the possibilities that technology can offer to consumers and communities as a whole. We are thrilled to have Uber as a partner in creating an exciting tech hub here in Chicago.”
Uber is making a noticeable impact in Chicago. The company has infused $192M into the local economy and makes it possible for the drivers that partner with them to earn an income on a flexible schedule. The app makes it possible to get a ride in neighborhoods ignored by the taxi industry.
The company announced an initiative earlier this year to help veterans earn a living as a driver partner and is partnering with numerous other local community organizations.
“Public policy is one area where we can continue to improve and send a message to entrepreneurs that Chicago is the place to grow their business. Uber’s job projections exemplify exactly how we can grow the business and tech community in Chicago by getting public policy right as they did in the Chicago City Council,” said Sarah Habansky, Vice President, Illinois Technology Association.