The Alliance for Illinois Manufacturing is a collaboration of taxpayer supported and non-for-profit organizations thatleverages, coordinates, and focuses their collective resources into integrated solutions that transform Northeast Illinois manufacturers into globally competitive companies. AIM impacts low income, economically disadvantaged communities in Northeast Illinois through the retention and growth of a high wage manufacturing employment base.
Northeast Illinois is losing well-paying manufacturing jobs because the manufacturers with the greatest need fail to access existing resources that can help them transform into competitive businesses. While more than 100 taxpayer supported financial and technical assistance programs are available to manufacturers in Northeast Illinois, manufacturers are either not aware they exist or view them as too burdensome to use. Our challenge is to create an effective public/private partnership to align and implement these programs to produce measurable change in a regionally focused, efficient, and transparent manner.