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CHICAGO—Amazon will soon make a decision on where to locate HQ2, and Chicago boosters got a little excited by a site visit from the company. But whatever decision Amazon makes, the city seems likely to continue playing an important role in the nation’s tech industry. Richard Florida, a geographer and expert on what makes cities grow, recently published a study on where high tech venture capital firms send their money. And even though Chicago was far, far behind San Francisco, San Jose, Los Angeles, Boston and New York, the metro has in the past decade at least captured a growing share of the funds. In 2017, Chicago was sixth in the US with about $1.8 billion in venture capital funding, or 2.42% of the total. That’s $1.397 billion more than the area received in 2006.

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Brian J. Rogal

Brian J. Rogal is a Chicago-based freelance writer with years of experience as an investigative reporter and editor, most notably at The Chicago Reporter, where he concentrated on housing issues. He also has written extensively on alternative energy and the payments card industry for national trade publications.

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