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MR Welcomes Back Board Member

We are so pleased to welcome back Dr. Susan Helper to our Board of Directors! Susan has been a long time Board Member who stepped down as a result of needing to focus on other commitments, but effective July 1st is back on board. We're excited to be able to continue to gain from her national-policy experience and insight. Susan Helper is the Carlton Professor of Economics at the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University. She was formerly chief economist at the U.S. Department of Commerce and a member of the White House staff. She has served as chair of the economics department and has been a visiting scholar at University of Oxford, the University of California, Ber

June/July Newsletter

At the Intersection of Manufacturing, Inclusion and Development: the latest updates and perspectives from Manufacturing Renaissance in our latest newsletter. (Photo credit: WBEZ)

Perspectives From the Front Lines: A Partner's Report

As I drive around my community, I wonder how long it will take for stores to re-open, boards to come down, life in general to return to normal. On second thought, I question what is normal and was it ever really “ normal”? Decades of what feels like strategic disinvestment has left many communities without basic needs like grocery stores, pharmacies, dining options and other essential resources and that in itself is far from normal. As I reflect over the last few weeks, I’m filled with emotions. I’m angry and frustrated. First a global pandemic that disproportionately impacted Black communities and now civil unrest. These two epidemics have changed the world. This is more than my professio

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