CMMC Priorities

The Chicago Metro Metal Consortium (CMMC) is committed to focusing our efforts in the following three areas, which are aligned with the U.S. Economic Development Administration's IMCP's priorities, to accelerate growth in key segments of the metal manufacturing industry.


Address regional workforce and education gaps by promoting stronger partnerships between manufacturers and training providers, identifying and finding solutions for the skills/wage 'gap,' and encouraging careers in manufacturing.

Co-Chairs: McHenry County Economic Development Corporation and The Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership

Workforce and Education


Innovation and Technology

Accelerate process innovation by identifying 'open innovation' strategies in metal manufacturing and promoting university research and engaging SMEs in applied research for increased competitive advantage.

Co-Chairs: Cook County and World Business Chicago


Trade and International Investment

Increase exports and Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) of the Chicago region through Metro Chicago Exports and connections to regional services, opportunities for peer learning, and reducing barriers for entering new markets.

Co-Chairs: Lake County Partners and the University of Illinois