CMRC Members, please log CMRC activity here for our data tracking purposes.
02/18/22: Ministers for Manufacturing Committee Meeting. This quarter’s meeting features Craig Freedman, CEO of Freedman Seating, Andrew Stettner and Michelle Burris of The Century Foundation, DeeDee Jones of Manufacturing Renaissance, and Mari Castaldi of the Jane Addams Resource Corporation. Click here for recording.
02/04/22: From educators, environmentalists, union leaders, we are here to convene champions for economic justice and manufacturing. We are proposing a national manufacturing renaissance strategy that centers inclusive sustainable development that will make America more competitive through investing in the training and education related to manufacturing and green jobs prioritizing low-income, Black, Latinx and other communities of color. Join us and learn more at https://mrcampaign.net/. Hosted by The Century Foundation, Manufacturing Renaissance, Progressive Democrats of America, Democracy Partners, Great Cities Institute, African American Policy and Leadership Institute, Prieto Wood & Boyer. Click here for recording.
11/03/21: the CMRC presented Manufacturing as a Strategy for Inclusion and Development, Panel and Discussion featuring US Department of Commerce Deputy Secretary Don Graves. Dep. Sec. Graves shared his latest thinking and moderated a panel of Chicagoland leaders including Toni Preckwinkle, President of the Cook County Board. Recording of the event above. More highlights here.
09/21/21: Ministers for Manufacturing Committee Meeting, featuring Jim Piper, President of Matot, Inc. and Rev. Timothy W. Wright, former Commissioner of Economic Development under Mayor Harold Washington. Click here for recording.
06/21/21: Congressional and Manufacturing Leadership Panel Discussion. Click here for recording. Panel featuring Congressional and manufacturing leaders to discuss current federal policy opportunities supporting manufacturing in the Chicagoland area.
Colin Cosgrove, Vice President of Fabrication, S & C Electric – Co-chair
Mollie Dowling, Executive Director, OAI, Inc. – Co-chair
Craig Freedman, CEO, Freedman Seating
Reggie Greenwood, Executive Director of the Chicago Southland Economic Development Corporation and the Supply Chain Innovation Center and Business Incubator
Rev. Anthony Haynes, Ministers for Manufacturing Chairman
Michael Moriarty, Career Pathways Coordinator, Chicago Teachers Union Foundation
Dr. Alice Palmer, Former Illinois State Senator, 13th District and Associate Dean and Director of Northwestern University’s African-American Student Affairs
Jim Piper, President, Matot, Inc.
Irene Sherr, Deputy Bureau Chief, Cook County Bureau of Economic Development
Paola Velasquez, Director of Diversity in Manufacturing, Illinois Manufacturing Excellence Center
Don Villar, Secretary-Treasurer, Chicago Federation of Labor
The CMRC is guided by 4 principles:
1. Submit a membership agreement form. Indicate on the form whether you will pay membership fee via Donate button on MR website or if you prefer paying by invoice.
2. Sliding Scale Annual Membership Fee: Pay what you or your institution can afford. While we need your support, we value your participation. We have instituted a “Sliding Scale” annual fee to reduce the barriers for any one to join. If you are representing a non-profit or corporate entity, please consider giving an annual fee between $250 – $1000. If you are an individual or faith-based entity, please consider an annual fee between $5 – $250. You will be sent a renewal invoice annually on the anniversary date of your application submission. If you need to request a fee waiver for the year you may request one through the membership form.
3. Participate in at least one CMRC-hosted event.
4. Be an ambassador and advocate of CMRC’s mission.