How to turn Chicago into a high-powered manufacturing hub.
In a new report, the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) says that it's possible to ramp up high-tech manufacturing in the windy city.
Specifically, the Chicago region could reach a new era of "advanced manufacturing" by meeting the nation's growing demand for technical innovations, skilled workers, and infrastructure.
According to the report, a number of factors are involved, and the Chicago area needs to address its product, processes, and people:
Product. A manufacturing sector is advanced if it produces complex and innovative products not easily replicated.
Process. A manufacturing sector is advanced if it creates and utilizes improved processes to realize new efficiencies and costs savings regardless of end product.
People. A manufacturing sector is advanced if it employs people with specialized skills to maximize product and process improvements.
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