The Calumet Manufacturing Initiative (CMI), developed by the Illinois Manufacturing Excellence Center (IMEC), Calumet Area Industrial Commission (CAIC), and the Chicago Federation of Labor Workforce & Community Initiative (CFL Initiative), was awarded a U.S. Department of Labor America’s Promise grant to develop, implement, and expand sector strategies, training, and employment in Advanced Manufacturing in and around the Calumet Region. The four year grant began January 1st, 2017. The regional partnership was one of 23 in the nation to be selected in a highly competitive process.
The purpose is to strengthen regional and sector partnerships, align multiple resources and activities, address skills gap shortages and recruit, train and place individuals in careers in Advanced Manufacturing. Over four years, the goals include recruiting, training and placing 715 individuals into Advanced Manufacturing Careers.