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HITEC Leaders Accelerate Chicago’s Digital Transformation

Wednesday, August 28, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Salina Rivera
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The City of Chicago has announced that HITEC Executive and Foundation Board Members have joined the initiative to accelerate Chicago’s digital transformation.

Darrell Higueros, CEO, NGI, is leading the Economic Impact and City Equity Working Group, with a local focus on building an inclusive foundation for the future of work in Chicago through technology, according to the press release.

Miguel Gamiño, Executive Vice President, Global Cities | Enterprise Partnerships, Mastercard and Marcelo De Santis, Executive Advisor, Digital Transformation, ThoughtWorks, are bringing their expertise to the table as members of the Innovation and Capital Group, and Economic Development and City Equity Group, respectively.

Read a copy of the full press release below.


Darrell Higueros, NGI, Marcelo De Santis, ThoughtWorks, Miguel Gamino, Jr., Mastercard




Technology Firms United to Accelerate Chicago's Digital Transformation
Chairman Gilbert Villegas, of the Economic, Capital, and Technology Development Committee advances collaboration and innovation

Chicago, IL -- Alderman Gilbert Villegas has found fast success in Chicago’s City Council, recently becoming Chairman of the influential Committee on Economic, Capital, and Technology Development and Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s Floor Leader.

Chairman Villegas has now formed two new technology working groups of subject matter experts to the table, which include the new Innovation and Capital Transformation Working Group. This group has a global focus on connected infrastructure, efficient funding, entrepreneurship and sustainable urbanization. Led by George Burciaga, of IGNITE CITIES

And the Economic Impact and City Equity Working Group, with a local focus on building an inclusive foundation for the future of work in Chicago through technology. Led by Darrell Higueros, of Next Generation, Inc.

The two working groups have three stated goals: generate revenue for the City without increasing taxes, build a more inclusive workforce, and make Chicago a technology hub that cultivates benefits for all Chicagoans and entrepreneurs across the country.

“I am asking industry leaders to put time and resources toward improving Chicago for everyone,” said Alderman Villegas. “So far we have had a remarkable response. Companies are really stepping up, I can’t wait to see what they come up with.”

A full list of participants will be announced with the first report issued in September, but a number of organizations have already participated a great deal. Those include MasterCard, Cisco, City Tech and a dozen others.

The first formal meeting of the working groups took place August 14th at Chicago City Hall. Media will be encouraged to participate at subsequent meetings.

For more information, please contact Justin Heath at 630.747.4992 or email


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