Building Awareness and Community Around Ownership Opportunities in Manufacturing

Tuesday, November 28, 2023 – Manufacturing Renaissance, Ravinia Capital, League of Black Women and Bryan Cave Leighton Pasner co-hosted an inspiring and informational presentation, panel and networking event about the opportunities and challenges in ownership succession in manufacturing. A diverse group of about 80 attendees participated in the event, including entrepreneurs, investors and individuals representing […]

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!

Mayoral Forum: A New Industrial Vision for Chicago

Mayoral candidates in Chicago came together on February 8 for a forum on a new industrial vision for an inclusive and thriving industrial sector. A wide range of issues were addressed at the forum, including the need for job training, federal investment in the manufacturing sector, ownership succession, and the importance of building a green […]

Ministers for Manufacturing Leads Advocacy Day Trip to Springfield, IL on 11/16

Manufacturing Renaissance and the Ministers for Manufacturing committee co-chairs of the Chicagoland Manufacturing Renaissance Council (CMRC) will host a day trip in an executive coach bus to the Springfield Capitol on November 16, 2022.   Our legislative host and guide when we arrive will be Rep. Kam Buckner and his staff.  Rep. Buckner, a legislative leader and former chair […]

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 […]

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 […]

Chicago Teachers Union Local 1 Endorses Manufacturing Reinvestment Bill

On February 2, 2022, the CTU House of Delegates voted to endorse HR 5124 by a vote of 600 to 1.  The union recognized the importance of re-building our manufacturing sector in a way that’s profoundly inclusive.  They’ve also committed to reaching out to the American Federation of Teachers, the Illinois Federation of Teachers, and […]

Supply Chain and Policy: Past, Present and Future

Panelists in the event, clockwise from bottom right: Dan Swinney, Founder of Manufacturing Renaissance; Harry Haney, a supply chain and operations expert; Haven Allen, CEO and Co-Founder, mHUB, an independent hard tech and manufacturing innovation center; David Boulay, President of IMEC (the Illinois Manufacturing Excellence Center).  Top right, moderator, Jeff Korzenik, Chief Investment Strategist, Fifth […]