Sweet Home Chicago: Glen Echo Group Expands to Chicago as Innovation Drives Midwest Economic Growth

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Washington, D.C., May 1, 2018 –​ Award-winning strategic communications firm Glen Echo Group has expanded to Chicago, focused on helping companies and organizations tell their stories in tech hubs across the Midwest.

Chicago is home to world-class universities, legacy corporations in every major industry and a rapidly growing startup ecosystem. But unlike many other cities across America, Chicago’s diversity of industries and ideas makes it a true hub and innovation leader. Today, no one industry makes up more than 14% of the city’s workforce, making the City of Chicago the most diversified economy in the U.S. and the ideal location for Glen Echo Group’s second office.

Glen Echo Group Chief Operating Officer Katie Barr will oversee the new office, bringing the company’s award-winning, cutting-edge storytelling and issue advocacy to organizations and companies elevating Chicago into a global hub for innovation. Barr, a Chicago native, was Glen Echo Group’s first employee in 2010, playing an instrumental role in the firm’s growth. As Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President, Barr is responsible for overseeing all client service, account management, hiring and employee development efforts.

“Innovation is happening across the nation, but too often the focus is on what’s happening on the coasts, whether that’s the Bay Area, New York City or Washington, D.C.,” said Glen Echo Group Chief Executive Officer and Founder Maura Corbett. “Meanwhile, Chicago and the rest of the Midwest are exploding with innovation and opportunity and it is a no-brainer that this proud Chicago native and die-hard Cubs fan should lead our expansion here.”

Named one of Washington, DC’s great places to work, the award-winning Glen Echo Group is the go-to communications firm for clients looking for strategic, cutting-edge communications. The firm integrates policy expertise, media relations, coalition building, event planning and social media into highly creative and compelling campaigns for clients across the New Economy—Fortune 500 and the smallest of start-ups alike.


Media contact:Amy Schatz, aschatz@glenechogroup.com