MR, with support from NIMS, the Chicago Federation of Labor, the Chicago Teachers Union Foundation, OAI and other key advisers, successfully submitted the preliminary application for the MacArthur Foundation 100 & Change grant. The proposal for a regional development initiative is based on lessons learned over MR’s 30 years’ experience to scale up promising practices that can address systemic poverty through re-establishing linkages between communities and the regional manufacturing sector. As part of the application package, we put together this 90-second video featuring Executive Director Dan Swinney and one of our proud Manufacturing Connect graduates, Ernest Laster. The video is a testament to our philosophy that advanced manufacturing can end the cycle of poverty and create thriving communities and Ernest is a shining example of our philosophy in action. You can view the video on our You Tube page.