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Firm brings new jobs downtown

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A ribbon cutting is scheduled for this afternoon at the new headquarters of Accuity, a financial services firm that's relocated its headquarters and about 200 jobs from Skokie to downtown Evanston.

The city last year approved a five-year subsidy totalling $210,000 to provide parking for some of the company's employees on the roof of the city's Maple Avenue garage as part of a package to attract Accuity to the then-half empty Helmut Jahn designed office building at 1007 Church St.

The building was acquired by new owners in 2014 after previous owners fell into default on their mortgage.

Accuity is part of Reed Business Information which in turn is part of RELX Group, a provider of information solutions listed on the London and Amsterdam Stock Exchanges.

Hugh Jones, president and CEO of Accuity, said in a statement that he hopes "this significant investment in our new space, our employees and our business will create many more successful years.”

Jones said that as a technology and data company, Accuity is looking forward to the recruitment opportunities offered by Evanston’s proximity to Northwestern University and its easy access to Chicago.

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