New Bill Proposes Major Reinvestment in Manufacturing Communities

WASHINGTON – Today, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (IL-09), a Senior Chief Deputy Whip and Chair of the Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, introduced the Manufacturing Reinvestment Corporation Act. The legislation will ensure that a revitalized manufacturing sector can create the products, processes, and transition opportunities that are necessary to […]

Towards a New Paradigm of Development: MR’s Theory of Change

In recent months, Manufacturing Renaissance and many partners have come together to advocate for a stronger and more equitable industrial policy in this country. Meanwhile, the organization’s dynamic work in Chicago (and other communities) continues. Now, a new report shares what Manufacturing Renaissance has learned and how the manufacturing sector in this country can be […]

Too Good An Opportunity To Miss

As you probably know from my other posts, Manufacturing Renaissance (MR) has been advancing the potential for manufacturing to be the foundation of rebuilding our society and rebuilding communities like those on Chicago’s West Side.  Over the last three years, I’ve been working on a paper—Towards a New Paradigm of Development that articulates our larger […]

Manufacturing Renaissance Agenda: Shaping Industrial Policy in the U.S.

The movement for a stronger and more equitable manufacturing sector in this country is growing. It is being shaped by the Manufacturing Renaissance Agenda (MRA), a national coalition that is working to advance manufacturing policies on a national level.  Partners in the MRA have had two successful meetings with senior White House economic advisors since […]

Industry & Inclusion National Cohort Wraps Up Year Long Convening

Manufacturing Renaissance (MR) and 7 other manufacturing workforce training providers participated in a year-long convening to explore, share and learn about practices and strategies for expanding and supporting racial diversity and inclusion in training programs and therefore expanded access for communities-of-color to high-quality, career-track jobs in manufacturing. The cohort convened by the Urban Manufacturing Alliance […]

MR Welcomes New Partnership with Progressive Democrats of America

Over the past four months, Progressive Democrats of America (PDA) has developed a brilliant partnership with Manufacturing Renaissance. I first encountered MR through a group of PDA organizers in Appalachia.  I had been asking them to recommend an organization that PDA could partner with to help lift the prospects for American manufacturing, as I believed that […]

Manufacturing Renaissance Named to Biden Manufacturing Panel

Erica Swinney Staley, representing Manufacturing Renaissance, has been appointed to serve on a Manufacturing Panel that will advise the Biden administration on its manufacturing and economic recovery policies. The panel was created by the National Skills Coalition and Business Leaders United for Workforce Partnerships. Staley, executive director of Manufacturing Renaissance, is the only appointee to […]

Jobs or protection of environment? Industrial policy must plan for both

On Chicago’s southeast side, like many communities in the country, there’s an ongoing debate about job creation and the impact of industry on the environment – and especially on communities of color. That’s one strong reason why the City of Chicago needs to develop and embrace a more strategic industrial policy, says Erica Staley, Executive […]