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, 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 Goals:

  1. Chicagoland will become a global leader in advanced manufacturing

  2. We will expand the diversity of advocates and stakeholders for manufacturing- manufacturers, labor, educational institutions, social service providers, community leaders, youth advocates 

  3. Fill the estimated 58,000 manufacturing jobs going unfilled in the Chicagoland area

  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. 

Members Include:

Want to become a member? Join today!

  1. Submit a membership agreement form

  2. Pay the annual fee, $250 for organizations and $50 for individuals - Use Donate button below to make fee payment

  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 network with a diverse membership across the public/private spectrum and unique mission focused on expanding manufacturing, inclusion and equity.​

  2. Have access to cutting-edge workforce development and industry programs and policy-influencers.

  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.

Contact Manufacturing Renaissance

3411 W. Diversey Ave, Suite 10

Chicago, IL 60647


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