Manufacturing Renaissance Named to Biden Manufacturing Panel

Erica Swinney Staley, representing Manufacturing Renaissance, has been appointed to serve on a Manufacturing Panel that will advise the Biden administration on its manufacturing and economic recovery policies. The panel was created by the National Skills Coalition and Business Leaders United for Workforce Partnerships. Staley, executive director of Manufacturing Renaissance, is the only appointee to […]

Jobs or protection of environment? Industrial policy must plan for both

On Chicago’s southeast side, like many communities in the country, there’s an ongoing debate about job creation and the impact of industry on the environment – and especially on communities of color. That’s one strong reason why the City of Chicago needs to develop and embrace a more strategic industrial policy, says Erica Staley, Executive […]

Chicagoland Manufacturing Renaissance Council Program Updates

So much has changed over the last year. Since our last event hosting a discussion with Cook County Assessor Fritz Kaegi in May 2020, Manufacturing Renaissance and our CMRC Leadership Committee maintained minimal CMRC programming, meeting monthly to keep one another informed of the significant changes and challenges we faced in light of responding to […]

Manufacturing Renaissance’s executive director named to Biden advisory committee

By Ben Miller, Chicago Business Journal Erica Swinney Staley, executive director of Manufacturing Renaissance, has been named to a manufacturing committee that will advise President Biden. Staley was appointed by the National Skills Coalition and Business Leaders United for Workforce Partnerships to serve on a national manufacturing panel that will advise the Biden administration on its […]

COVID-19 Vaccines Available in Austin

Over the past several weeks, Austin Coming Together (ACT) has supported recent planning by the city and several healthcare institutions to increase access to COVID-19 vaccination for Austin residents. These efforts have resulted in the launch of two temporary vaccination clinics being stood up by The Loretto Hospital in partnership with Rush University Medical Center […]

Erica Staley Appointed to National Workforce Panel to Advise Biden Administration on Economic Recovery Policies

Manufacturing Renaissance is pleased to announce that Erica Swinney Staley, Executive Director has been appointed by National Skills Coalition (NSC) and Business Leaders United for Workforce Partnerships (BLU) to serve on a national Manufacturing Panel that will advise the Biden administration on its “Made in All of America” initiative and related policies. Erica Swinney Staley, […]

Next MC Youth Training Starting 3/15/21 – Limited Space!

The Career Pathways Services programs Manufacturing Connect (MC for in-school youth) and the Young Manufacturers Association (YMA for young adults) online training programs launched new cohorts on February 16th and February 18th. MC’s first cohort include 16 youth representing 13 high schools and community organizations across Cook County. Among these, are: Morgan Park, Prosser, Curie, […]

Success Story – Power Couple!

Kyana was an active participant in the Manufacturing Connect (MC) program since her freshman year at Austin College & Career Academy. Kyana had multiple work experiences throughout her H.S. career and entered into an internship with Ferrara Candy after graduating in 2019. Kyana was trained to work in the kitchen as a Mogul Operator, responsible […]

BLACK CONTRIBUTIONS TO MANUFACTURING HISTORY

Black History month observances tend to honor civil rights and cultural heroes. Less often discussed are the many Black contributors to the manufacturing industry, including the millions of Black people who became a critical part of the manufacturing work force through the Great Migration between 1915 and 1970. Men like our Executive Director’s grandfather, Walter […]