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"Companies Say Goodbye to the 'Burbs," Wall Street Journal, December 5, 2013

Posted: December 6, 2013

"Companies Say Goodbye to the 'Burbs --- Young Talent Wants to Live in Chicago Not Libertyville; Dilemma for Older Workers," Wall Street Journal, December 5, 2013. When Motorola Mobility lined up a Silicon Valley candidate a few months ago for a VP-level role, the phone maker was hopeful he'd accept. After all, the company offered the chance to develop products at a subsidiary of Google Inc. The engineer declined. His reason: the prospect of relocating to Libertyville, Ill., about 35 miles from downtown Chicago, said Scott Sullivan, Motorola's head of human resources. Mr. Sullivan expects recruiting to get a lot easier next February when the company moves into a new space in the storied Merchandise Mart building in downtown Chicago. Motorola will join United Continental Holdings Inc., Hillshire Brands Co. and other corporate giants abandoning vast suburban campuses for urban offices nearer to the young, educated workers who will lead their businesses into the digital age. Archer Daniels Midland Co. recently said it would move its headquarters from Decatur, Ill., and in the Bay Area, startups like Pinterest Inc. are departing Silicon Valley for San Francisco.