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 […]

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, […]

Chicago needs an ambitious industrial policy — “Inclusion & Industry 4.0”

Chicago needs an ambitious industrial policy—Inclusion & Industry 4.0. Today, manufacturing is 11% of Chicago’s gross domestic product (GDP)—about the same as in Afghanistan. Meanwhile, our competitors (and potential partners) in Germany and Spain maintain manufacturing as 25% of GDP. What is to be done in shaping an industrial policy that benefits all of our communities—particularly on […]