MR On Industry Week Panel – Building a Diverse Workforce in Manufacturing

Leaders of two respected manufacturing workforce organizations—Chicago’s Manufacturing Renaissance and Cleveland’s Manufacturing Works—joined Production Pulse host Jennifer Ramsay last week for a discussion of the value of building a workforce pipeline in underserved communities. They were joined by Jordan Hooser, the 2016 valedictorian of Max Hayes High School in Cleveland and a Marine Corp. veteran. Hooser recently […]

Building Awareness and Community Around Ownership Opportunities in Manufacturing

Tuesday, November 28, 2023 – Manufacturing Renaissance, Ravinia Capital, League of Black Women and Bryan Cave Leighton Pasner co-hosted an inspiring and informational presentation, panel and networking event about the opportunities and challenges in ownership succession in manufacturing. A diverse group of about 80 attendees participated in the event, including entrepreneurs, investors and individuals representing […]

MR Joins George Wright on WVON

The Partnership CEO, George Wright, is hosting a radio show at 8 am on WVON AM radio on Saturday mornings called “The Partnership with George Wright.“ On 11/18/23, MR’s David Robinson was George’s host to talk about the importance of manufacturing as a driver for inclusive development. Listen in here!

Panel to Highlight Chicago’s Community Wealth Building Initiative

MR’s Erica Swinney Staley at the NeighborWorks America Training Institute onsite at City Colleges of Chicago-Richard J Daley College to discuss Chicago’s Community Wealth Building Initiative and some of the great work within it! City of Chicago, G. Sequane Lawrence, David Girzadas, Community Desk Chicago, Renee Hatcher, The Democracy Collaborative present! #CommunityWealthBuilding #manufacturing

MR Supports Industry Electric School Bus Working Group Effort to Understand Workforce Needs

The transition to electric school buses (ESBs) will transform communities and we must ensure that a just transition for school bus workers also occurs. To better understand gaps in workforce development for ESB operators and maintenance technicians, CALSTART, Michigan Clean Cities, Manufacturing Renaissance, and WRI’s Electric School Bus Initiative convened an Industry Electric School Bus Working Group that met in a […]

An International Exchange, and Friendship, Continues between Chicago and Australia

Above, Peter Botsman (right) looks on as Chaseley Walker, high school student from Australia (2nd from right) listens to two Austin Polytech students (first two from the left) share their experience in Mr. McIlrath’s math class (2011). Manufacturing Renaissance programs serve youth and young adults in underserved Chicago communities, but the reach and relevance of […]

Spotlight on Economic Democracy as a Strategy for Inclusive Development

Since the early 1980s, Manufacturing Renaissance has been inspired by and a student of worker ownership models, recognizing their potential for expanding wealth creation opportunities for communities that have traditionally been excluded from business ownership and wealth creation, especially in the manufacturing sector. Over the years MR has provided leadership in efforts to raise awareness […]

Looking Forward: Latest Ministers for Manufacturing Meeting Update

The faith community in the region continues to support manufacturing as a tool for social inclusion and sustainable community development through the Ministers for Manufacturing committee of the Chicagoland Manufacturing Renaissance Council (CMRC). On June 21, the committee and stakeholders met at the state-of-the-art Manufacturing Technology & Engineering Center (MTEC) at Daley College. The meeting […]

Resolution Introduced in Chicago’s City Council to Endorse the Manufacturing Reinvestment Corporation Act

On March 23, 2022, Alderman Michael Rodriguez, Ward 22 representing Little Village, North Lawndale and surrounding communities,  submitted a resolution to endorse the Manufacturing Corporation Reinvestment Act (HR5124).  In short, this resolution acknowledges: The importance of the intersection between manufacturing and education and career and technical education in the City of Chicago towards building a […]