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Our Priorities
Workforce & Technical Education

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

Trade & 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

Innovation & 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

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