Salesforce (NYSE: CRM), the global leader in CRM, today announced Salesforce Tower Chicago, significantly expanding the company’s regional headquarters in Chicago. As part of the expansion, Salesforce plans to add 1,000 new jobs locally, over the next five years, helping fuel the city’s economic development.
Salesforce employees will start moving into the Salesforce Tower Chicago upon completion which is slated for 2023. Plans for the Tower include an immersive lobby experience and top “Ohana Floor” – an open hospitality space for Salesforce employees, customers and partners, which will also be available for nonprofits and local education groups to use on weeknights and weekends at no cost.
The future Salesforce Tower Chicago will be located on the Chicago riverfront, on the site formerly known as Wolf Point South. Designed by award-winning architects Pelli Clarke Pelli, and developed by the Kennedy Family and Hines, Salesforce Tower Chicago will rise 57 stories above the Chicago River, in the heart of the city’s River North neighborhood.
Salesforce Tower Chicago is one of six Tower investments the company has announced in key markets including its headquarters in San Francisco, New York, London, Indianapolis, and Atlanta.
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“We are thrilled to keep growing and investing in Chicago and proud to share this announcement of Salesforce Tower Chicago. At Salesforce, our real estate is a tangible expression of our culture and values,” said Elizabeth Pinkham, EVP, Real Estate, Salesforce. “We are deeply committed to the communities where we live and work, and we show that through employee volunteerism, investment in education and workforce development, and opening our doors to non-profits here in Chicago.”
“Chicago is the midwest’s largest city with a global and economic force that attracts a wealth of talent and international business,” said Tyler Prince, Executive Vice President – Industries & Partners, Salesforce. “Salesforce is committed to continued growth in the region and supporting our thousands of Chicago-based customers and partners as they transform their businesses and connect with their customers in new ways.”
“From small start-ups to international industry leaders like Salesforce, technology remains Chicago’s fastest growing industry area,” said Mayor Emanuel. “The City is home to one of the largest tech talent pools in the United States, and we are thrilled that Salesforce has made the commitment to further that growth. As a strong civic minded business, I look forward to partnering with Salesforce in our joint effort to build on Chicago’s reputation as a premier global city for technology, innovation and entrepreneurship.”
New Tower Supports Salesforce’s Continued Growth in Chicago
Salesforce has been named one of Fortune’s Best Places to Work for the past 10 years and was recently ranked #1 on Chicago Tribune’s Top Workplaces list for 2018.
Salesforce Tower Chicago will be a hub for world-class, diverse talent, enabling the company to deliver new innovations to its more than 150,000 customers around the world. Salesforce has more than 1,400 employees in the Chicago area and more than 32,000 employees worldwide. Chicago is home to many Salesforce customers including the City of Chicago, United Airlines and Groupon.
Salesforce Tower Chicago will be one of the company’s most sustainable buildings to date pursuing LEED v4 Commercial Interiors Platinum certification and ILFI Net Zero Carbon Certification. On the heels of announcingSalesforce’s largest renewable energy agreement in Illinois that will create hundreds of full-time jobs during construction and several permanent jobs during the life of the project, the company plans to utilize the renewable energy to meet its sustainability milestones.
Giving Back through Education and Workforce Development
Salesforce and Salesforce.org are committed to investing in young people from the classroom to the boardroom. Through its work with Chicago Public Schools, i.c. Stars and Year Up, Salesforce.org has granted more than $1M in funds to support Future Ready initiatives in Chicago. Additionally, Salesforce has hosted interns from Year Up and Genesys Works in Chicago, providing opportunities for untapped talent to gain skills, earn relevant work experience, and build networks in the tech industry.
Salesforce.org’s Future Ready initiatives for education and workforce development work closely with schools to provide the best learning environment for students; promotes learning experiences that give students needed skills for future success; and helps young adults enter and thrive in the workforce.
Chicago Employees Commit to 40,000 Volunteer Hours Next Year
Today, Salesforce employees in Chicago are committing to deliver 40,000 total employee volunteer hours towards local schools and nonprofits in 2019. Salesforce employees in Chicago have delivered more than 125,000 volunteer hours to the local community to date.
To date, Salesforce technology has powered more than 39,000 nonprofit and higher education institutions; Salesforce.org has provided more than $240 million in grants; and Salesforce employees have logged more than 3.5 million volunteer hours throughout the world.
More than 8,500 companies from 100 countries have committed to Pledge 1%. Local Chicago companies that have joined Pledge 1% include DonorPath, Piqued, Guggenheim Partners and Sidekick.
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