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. 


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  

2019 Accomplishments

  1. Organized Inclusion & Industry 4.0 Conference in April attended by over 150 guests, featuring the Deputy Minister of Vocational Education for the Basque Country and Tknika, on the Basque's approach towards workforce development and education. 

  2. Organized 2 successful General Membership Meetings: one highlighting Daley College MTEC  and most recent meeting featuring Congressmen Krishnamoorthi and Davis, Cook County President Preckwinkle on policies supporting manufacturing career pathway programming. 


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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