Media Coverage

WBEZ Chicago

June 24, 2021

David Robinson talks to WBEZ about the Industry and Inclusion 4.0 report by the Urban Manufacturing Alliance and The Century Foundation about the need for increasing racial diversity and inclusion in the manufacturing (segment just before half-way mark) – Interview

WTTW Chicago Tonight: Latino Voices

March 27, 2021

Southeast Side Organizers Say Solution to Pollution Problem Includes Clean Industry Jobs – Article and Interview

Chicago Business Journal

March 19, 2021

Manufacturing Renaissance’s executive director named to Biden advisory committee – PDF

Crain's Chicago Business

December 20, 2019

Shift Change. As the Economy Evolves, So Does the Hunt for A ‘Good’ Job – Article

WBEZ Chicago

October 28, 2019

The Manufacturing Mismatch: Manufacturing companies need workers. Chicago has plenty. But linking them together may require a regionally coordinated effort. – Article

WBEZ Chicago

March 29, 2019

‘Don’t Quit, Just Call’: Chicago’s Young Manufacturers Are Banding Together To Navigate The Industry – Article and Interview


January 28, 2019

Saving Manufacturing Jobs And Boosting Entrepreneurial Opportunity In Chicagoland – Article

Chicago Tribune

January 17, 2019

The boss is retiring. The kids don’t want to take over. Family-owned manufacturers confront a succession ‘crisis’ – Article

Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning

October 10, 2018

On To 2050 Plan. A comprehensive regional plan to guide investments and priorities for the region. MR staff profiled in the plan  – Erica Staley & Torres Hughes

American Enterprise Institute

April 23, 2018

What Works: Austin Polytechnical Academy – Article

Austin Weekly News

June 1, 2017

Manufacturing’s dirty little secret? It works for residents seeking stable, high-skilled jobs, say leaders – Article

Austin Weekly News

September 27, 2016

Austin program hopes to fill black manufacturing void – Article

Story Corps

February 25, 2016

Erica Swinney (39) and her father and boss Dan Swinney (71) discuss Dan’s history as a community organizer and labor force activist, and how that led to his current work in manufacturing education. – Interview 

WBEZ Chicago

February 7, 2014

CPS School Update. The Barbershop Show – Interview 

WBEZ Chicago

November 2, 2012

What happened to American manufacturing? Afternoon Shift Interview

PBS News Hour

December 2, 2010

Advanced Manufacturing is Focus of Chicago School – Article and Video

New York Times

October 19, 2010

Students Aim for Success With a New View of Vocational School – Article