Formed in 2005, the Chicagoland Manufacturing Renaissance Council (CMRC) is a network that recognizes the key role of manufacturing in building a society that is sustainable and restorative. 


The Council’s strength comes from the breadth and engagement of its partnerships and its member organizations. It represents both the private and public sector: manufacturing companies, consultants, the labor movement, non-profits, government, educators, and community and economic development leaders.


The CMRC supports and advocates for programs and policies that strengthen our regional manufacturing sector, while increasing social inclusion and the strength of communities. To achieve its mission, the Council works through three Committees: the Executive, the Legislative and the Ministers for Manufacturing Committee. 


Our long-term goals are

  1. Chicagoland will become a global leader in advanced manufacturing

  2. We will bring everyone to our table - manufacturers, labor, educational institutions, social service providers, community development leaders etc. 

  3. We will close the "skills gap" 

  4. We will help build communities by reducing poverty and promoting social inclusion in manufacturing  

2018 Accomplishments

  1. Introduced Bill HB5062 to expand pre-apprenticeship programs across the State

  2. Partnered with The Century Foundation in the High Wage America project, a federal agenda for revitalizing America's manufacturing communities. Developed a 12 point action plan

  3. Launched the Ministers for Manufacturing Committee, with over 60 members advocating for manufacturing training and education programs across Chicagoland


Want to become a member? Join today!

  1. Sign a membership agreement form

  2. Pay the annual fee, $250 for organizations and $50 for individuals

  3. Participate in at least one CMRC-hosted event 

  4. Be an ambassador of CMRC’s mission

CMRC membership benefits 

  1. Be part of a collaborative with a unique mission and diverse membership

  2. Participate in invitation-only, relevant, informative and inspiring events

  3. Network with other leaders in manufacturing, workforce development, education and community development

  4. Identify potential partnerships and investment connections

  5. Increase your visibility as a CMRC member

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