Regional Manufacturing Cluster Forum
Did you know that annual manufacturing productivity in the Chicago region is $65 billion? And that, with over 580,000 jobs, our region has more manufacturing employees than all but one U.S. region? Or that our manufacturing cluster's wages are 27 percent higher than the overall regional average?
Please join us on February 26, 2013, for a discussion and launch of the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) Advanced Manufacturing Cluster Drill-Down Report. The GO TO 2040 comprehensive regional plan calls on CMAP and its partners to evaluate and help strengthen industries that drive our region’s economy. To be revealed at this event, CMAP's new report will include in-depth analysis and specific recommendations to address the advanced manufacturing cluster's key challenges and opportunities. Following a presentation of the report, a panel of experts will engage attendees in discussing how to support the growth of metropolitan Chicago's manufacturing cluster.
What: Regional Manufacturing Cluster Forum
Where: Harper College's Wojcik Conference Center (1200 W. Algonquin Road, Palatine)
Parking for Wojcik Conference Center in Lot 14.
When: February 26, 8:30 to 11:00 a.m. (plus optional tour of the College's manufacturing training facilities ending at noon)
Registration and refreshments will begin at 8:30 as the event will start promptly at 9:00.
David Boulay, President, Illinois Manufacturing Extension Center
Caralynn Nowinski, Associate Vice President for Innovation and Economic Development, the University of Illinois
Ray Prendergrast, Manufacturing Technology Department Chair, Daley College
Steven Kase, CEO, Ask Products, Chairman of the Board, Tooling and Manufacturing Association
Moderator: John McCarron, columnist, Chicago Tribune; adjunct lecturer, DePaul University College of Communication