Everspring Inc., a fast-growing startup that helps colleges deliver degree programs online, plans to leave its base in Evanston for new quarters in Chicago.

Everspring CEO Jeff Conlon tells Chicago Business he’s planning to make the move to downtown Chicago to make it easier to find new employees as the company continues to grow.

Everspring has raised $16 million in venture capital funding, including $10 million last month. It’s grown from nine to 30 employees over the past year.

Everspring’s offices now are located in te 1007 Church St. building.

Update 1:25 p.m.: City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz, in an email response to an inquiry from Evanston Now about whether Evanston might try to persuade Conlon to change his mind about moving Everspring out of town said, “No. When we talk to these companies, they tell us their employees who live in Chicago prefer shorter commute. We also have limited office building options to offer businesses that want to expand compared to Chicago.”

The city, Bobkiewicz said, “does what it can to influence other factors that come into play when companies need to grow — help with identifying buildings, help with downtown parking, help with identifying trained workers, occasional financial assistance and most important, love.”

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. Evanston and NU grads— 0% unemployment ?

    He says:

    "…make it easier to find new employees as the company continues to grow…."


    Surely Evanston still has enough unemployed that finding employees should not be a problem.

    Does he find the education, attitude, workskill, etc. of NU and ETHS grads so poor that he can't fill his need ?

    A larger question, his and other companies, is why do so few NU grads [from what I've been able to gather—I asked and they don't even know how many live let alone work in Evanston] seem to want to stay in Evanston or if stay not work here.  I can understand why Kellogg, Law and Medical grads might want salaries out of the range of many Evanston business and so even though they live in Evanston, they work in Chicago.  But what about grads from the Engineer school [we certainly need more of them to build Evanston] and all those undergrads who say they have large bills to pay-off and/or find their degree does not prepare them for the job market in anything close to their major ?

    I have to wonder if his 'employment' reason is just to "not burn bridges" with the City and like many businesses/start-ups taxes, regulations, inspections, etc. make it not worthwhile to stay.  I'm certainly not proposing the city deem this or any other business "a winner" and throw money at them—ALL businesses need to be on the same level playing field not "pets" of the Council.

  2. Evanston employment

    I find it interesting that Everspring can't find qualified employees in Evanston. I am a graduate of Northwestern and a resident of Evanston and I would love to be able to find a job here in Evanston.  I've been unemployed for several months and I have applied to numerous companies located here and I don't get any feedback. I've even applied to the city and other local communities with the same result. The economy still hasn't recovered.

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