Chicagoland Manufacturing Renaissance Council 2023 Highlights

Since January, the MR team has been working with our CMRC Co-Chairs, Jim Piper of Matot, and Michael Moriarty of the Chicago Teachers Union Foundation to develop and lead on an agenda to promote manufacturing as a tool for social inclusion and community development. Formed in 2005, the CMRC is a regional, multi-stakeholder coalition of members including employers, community, faith based and labor organizations, social service, economic and workforce development agency leaders who join us in this work. Learn more here.

Progress in 2023:

  • 22 CMRC members hosted 130 inclusive manufacturing ecosystem-building activities or events
  • 11 CMRC members have hosted 38 manufacturing workforce activities
  • CMRC members have organized or participated in 10 meetings with decision makers about the importance of manufacturing and related training and education programs in our region.

Joining the CMRC is a great way to get more involved in our work. If you see yourself, your organization or company as part of building our economy and communities through an inclusive manufacturing ecosystem in the Chicagoland area, then join our network! Contact David Robinson, 773-278-5418 x19, to learn more about the CMRC or complete our membership form and we’ll be in touch!

CMRC Leaders organized a forum for Mayoral candidates in Chicago in February to discuss a new industrial vision for an inclusive and thriving industrial sector. A wide range of issues were addressed at the forum, including the need for job training, federal investment in the manufacturing sector, ownership succession, and the importance of building a green economy. Read more here. CMRC leaders met with key elected officials and institution leaders this year to advocate and educate on how manufacturing could be a strategic vehicle for community wealth building and inclusive economic development. We met with Danny Davis, Jan Schakowsky, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, the CEO of the Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership George Wright and senior staff from Chicago Public Schools. MR is proud to part of the first cohort of grantees under the City of Chicago’s Community Wealth Building Ecosystem initiative. MR’s Erica Staley was a panelist 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, Ja’Net Defell, Renee Hatcher, The Democracy Collaborative  present!