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Silver Spring Networks Inc. has opened a new Chicago office in the Willis Tower that features space for 50 employees, a Network Operations Center, and a Smart City and Smart Energy technology demonstration facility.

Anne Pramaggiore, CEO and president of Chicago-area electric utility ComEd, was on hand this week for a dedication ceremony. Silver Spring and ComEd are working on the smart grid element of ComEd's 10-year, $2.6 billion infrastructure investment plan to strengthen the Illinois electric system.

"By investing in modern, high-tech energy infrastructure, we are ensuring that Chicago is equipped to address 21st century challenges while making the city a more sustainable place to live and work," said Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. "Silver Spring Networks and ComEd are essential partners in accelerating economic growth by adding crucial jobs, opening state-of-the-art facilities, and helping Chicagoans save money."

The new office will be "an innovation hub to serve Chicago and a resource for Silver Spring's global customer base," the company says.

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