Building Partnerships. Creating Futures.


Manufacturing Renaissance is an independent nonprofit organization working to build thriving sustainable communities, by connecting them to manufacturing through education, training and local ownership. Manufacturing Renaissance champions advanced manufacturing as a foundation for creating and sustaining middle-class communities. Our innovative and practical programs foster economic stability, social well-being, and environmental stewardship.

Manufacturing Renaissance works to:

  • Build strategic, public-private partnerships focused on creating a big-picture vision for advanced manufacturing in the 21st century.
  • Foster healthy communities by developing collaborative, locally tailored programs to fuel innovation and competitiveness in the manufacturing sector.
  • Help create a society that is economically, socially and environmentally sustainable, and, ultimately, restorative.

The signature programs created by Manufacturing Renaissanced include the Chicagoland Manufacturing Renaissance Council and Manufacturing Connect, at Austin College and Career Academy on the West Side of Chicago. Manufacturing Renaissance’s programs are designed to be utilized and replicated by other organizations and institutions in the context of their work in community development, industrial retention, education, training, and local ownership. Dan Swinney founded the organization and continues to serve as the Executive Director.

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