MR Joins George Wright on WVON

The Partnership CEO, George Wright, is hosting a radio show at 8 am on WVON AM radio on Saturday mornings called “The Partnership with George Wright.“ On 11/18/23, MR’s David Robinson was George’s host to talk about the importance of manufacturing as a driver for inclusive development. Listen in here!

Panel to Highlight Chicago’s Community Wealth Building Initiative

MR’s Erica Swinney Staley 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, Community Desk Chicago, Renee Hatcher, The Democracy Collaborative present! #CommunityWealthBuilding #manufacturing

Advocacy Day: Community Leaders Standing For Inclusive Manufacturing in Springfield

Photo: Representatives of the CMRC and Ministers for Manufacturing Committee in front of the State of Illinois Capitol Building in Springfield, IL, 11/16/22. A strong message about the need for increased investment in the manufacturing ecosystem was brought directly to Springfield on November 16 at Advocacy Day, which was hosted by the Ministers for Manufacturing, […]

Andrew Crowe: Bringing Youth and Manufacturing Communities Together

Andrew Crowe has seen it all – enough to fill a very long story about his life. These days, he is doing something else: sharing his story and what he has learned to inspire young people in underserved communities about the great potential of working in the manufacturing sector. Andrew “the Mfg” Crowe works to […]

Spotlight on Economic Democracy as a Strategy for Inclusive Development

Since the early 1980s, Manufacturing Renaissance has been inspired by and a student of worker ownership models, recognizing their potential for expanding wealth creation opportunities for communities that have traditionally been excluded from business ownership and wealth creation, especially in the manufacturing sector. Over the years MR has provided leadership in efforts to raise awareness […]

Looking Forward: Latest Ministers for Manufacturing Meeting Update

The faith community in the region continues to support manufacturing as a tool for social inclusion and sustainable community development through the Ministers for Manufacturing committee of the Chicagoland Manufacturing Renaissance Council (CMRC). On June 21, the committee and stakeholders met at the state-of-the-art Manufacturing Technology & Engineering Center (MTEC) at Daley College. The meeting […]

Resolution Introduced in Chicago’s City Council to Endorse the Manufacturing Reinvestment Corporation Act

On March 23, 2022, Alderman Michael Rodriguez, Ward 22 representing Little Village, North Lawndale and surrounding communities,  submitted a resolution to endorse the Manufacturing Corporation Reinvestment Act (HR5124).  In short, this resolution acknowledges: The importance of the intersection between manufacturing and education and career and technical education in the City of Chicago towards building a […]

Ministers for Manufacturing Quarterly Meeting Updates

The Chicagoland Manufacturing Renaissance Council‘s Ministers for Manufacturing (M4M) committee convenes quarterly to share the latest program and policy updates with faith leaders in our communities. This quarter’s meeting on February 18, 2022 featured Craig Freedman, CEO of Freedman Seating, Andrew Stettner and Michelle Burris of The Century Foundation, DeeDee Jones of Manufacturing Renaissance, and […]

Manufacturing Connect Participants Share First Impressions

The latest session of Manufacturing Connect, our nationally recognized career pathways program for teens, started in January. We talked with a few student participants (and an educator who connected a student to the program) to get their initial perspective about it. Jeremiah Hall “I am starting to get more interested in manufacturing,” says Jeremiah Hall, […]