Media Coverage

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