M3 Chicago: Metro, Manufacturing, Momentum

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M3 Chicago advances equitable and sustainable development by helping manufacturers expand, collaborate, network, innovate and access critical resources. Supported by the Cook County Bureau of Economic Development, M3 Chicago connects the region’s manufacturing ecosystem.  

Cook County has developed a suite of programs to address the needs of manufacturers that are offered under the M3 Chicago umbrella with a focus on talent solutions and innovation. 

Have questions? Get in touch at M3@cookcountyil.gov.  


 Cook County Career Connector 

  • The Cook County Career Connector consists of a series of in-person programs and events throughout suburban Cook County that connects residents to quality career-path opportunities, and employers to a skilled and diverse talent pool. This program is brought to you by Cook County and the Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership (The Partnership).  

Cook County Manufacturing Apprenticeship Accelerator  

Good Jobs Chicagoland 

  • Good Jobs Chicagoland is an employer-led initiative driving economic resilience and growth in Cook County--with manufacturing among its focal points. Cook County has partnered with the National Institute of Metalworking Skills to consult with manufacturers on their talent needs, supported by funding from the Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership (The Partnership) to implement job training and placement programs for manufacturers. 


 Illinois Defense Manufacturing Consortium 

  • The Illinois Defense Manufacturing Consortium (ILDMC) brings together stakeholders from industry, community, government and academia to strengthen the casting and forging sectors in northeastern Illinois. The ILDMC provides technical advising, networking and access to resources related to workforce development, supply chain management, innovation and cybersecurity awareness, and access to government contracting.  

Manufacturing Reinvented 

  • Manufacturing Reinvented reimburses manufacturers for up to $25,000 in eligible expenses towards the implementation of projects designed to improve productivity, develop future leaders, provide workforce training and support business growth. Advisors from the Illinois Manufacturing Excellence Center work one-on-one with manufacturers to define project scope, evaluate solution options and chart a path forward for each manufacturing awardee.  

Metals Hub 

  • Metals Hub is a Cook County collaborative created in partnership with the Southland Development Authority to help the metals, machinery and equipment (MM&E) industry diversify and grow. Metals Hub members are offered opportunities to bid on RFQs, engage in networking and knowledge sharing forums, and collectively pursue opportunities for supply chain diversification and new market penetration.  


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