Manufacturing Renaissance focuses its work to build thriving sustainable communities by connecting them to manufacturing through education, training and local ownership.
Our vision is flourishing communities based on sustainable and socially inclusive economic development.
Our signature programs are Chicagoland Manufacturing Renaissance Council, Manufacturing Connect and the Ownership Conversion Project. Our advocacy, community engagement and education initiatives serve to develop an educational and economic infrastructure that meets the needs of both the manufacturing sector and our residents. We believe manufacturing is as a foundational element to building, expanding and sustaining middle-class communities. MR’s programs are designed as prototypes to inform, support, complement or serve the community at large, including other organizations and institutions who serve those communities, by fostering community development, industrial retention, education, training, and local ownership.
We are guided by the following values:
- Social justice, economic opportunity, innovation in wealth creation
- Respect for workers, communities and the environment
Dan Swinney founded the organization in 1982 and continues to serve as the Executive Director.