New Bill Proposes Major Reinvestment in Manufacturing Communities

WASHINGTON – Today, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (IL-09), a Senior Chief Deputy Whip and Chair of the Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, introduced the Manufacturing Reinvestment Corporation Act. The legislation will ensure that a revitalized manufacturing sector can create the products, processes, and transition opportunities that are necessary to […]

Towards a New Paradigm of Development: MR’s Theory of Change

In recent months, Manufacturing Renaissance and many partners have come together to advocate for a stronger and more equitable industrial policy in this country. Meanwhile, the organization’s dynamic work in Chicago (and other communities) continues. Now, a new report shares what Manufacturing Renaissance has learned and how the manufacturing sector in this country can be […]

Green Town Hall: IVI-IPO’s Focus on Economic and Environmental Health

The growing focus on the connection between manufacturing and urgent environmental issues was a key topic at The Green Town Hall, a virtual event held on May 10 by IVI-IPO (the Independent Voters of Illinois and Independent Precinct Organization). David Robinson,  Director of External Affairs for Manufacturing Renaissance, was one of three panelists at the […]

Too Good An Opportunity To Miss

As you probably know from my other posts, Manufacturing Renaissance (MR) has been advancing the potential for manufacturing to be the foundation of rebuilding our society and rebuilding communities like those on Chicago’s West Side.  Over the last three years, I’ve been working on a paper—Towards a New Paradigm of Development that articulates our larger […]

Update: Re/Cast, Advisors in Ownership Succession

The Manufacturing Renaissance’s RE/CAST program provides advising services to companies that face ownership succession issues and want to stay open and thrive. One look at the demographics of Illinois manufacturing companies tells a compelling story about why ownership succession is a timely issue.  Far more often than not, company ownership is older, overwhelmingly lacking in […]

Update: Cook County Early Warning Network

The Cook County Early Warning Network was set up in 2020 to help small and mid-sized manufacturers in Cook County that are facing financial distress because of COVID-19. Companies that can benefit from the program typically have fewer than 40 employees. The program is funded by the Cook County Bureau of Economic Development in partnership […]

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 […]

Reflections on Black History Month and A Strategy for Economic Development

We honor Black History Month as a time to celebrate and reflect on the contributions of African Americans. It is fitting for us to laud heroes like John Lewis, Shirley Chisholm, Martin Luther King Jr., and so many others who came before us and made great sacrifices to make our world a better place for […]