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Local Manufacturing Partnership wins award from Harvard University
The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, recognized today the efforts of the Golden Corridor Advanced Manufacturing Partnership (GCAMP) as part of the 2015 Bright Ideas program. This year’s cohort includes 124 programs from all levels of government—school districts; county, city, state, and federal agencies; as well as public-private partnerships—that are at the forefront in innovative government action.
The Golden Corridor, a route along Illinois’ I-90 Tollway corridor is home to an abundance of advanced manufacturers. Since 2009, a grass roots group of these manufacturers, neighboring municipalities such as the Villages of Hoffman Estates, Schaumburg and Elk Grove Village, local secondary schools and colleges have worked together as GCAMP, with the common goals of increasing student interest in the manufacturing industry to promote area growth and sustain skilled manufacturing jobs.
Gary Skoog, President of GCAMP, shared that, “Education is changing. This change requires better collaboration between private industry and government to teach skills that the marketplace demands. The alignment of this relationship is what GCAMP has been all about.” Projects and programs hosted by GCAMP include school tours of manufacturing facilities and making possible other connections between students and potential future employers. In efforts to engage more youth, educators, and parents in learning more about exciting prospects in the current world of manufacturing, GCAMP is putting on a free screening of Maker the Movie at the Prairie Arts Center in Schaumburg on Thursday, March 19, 2015 at 7 p.m. More information about the movie and GCAMP can be found at www.gcamp.org.
“Part of what makes GCAMP so innovative is the partnership forged between local government, private enterprise, and the education system,” says Bill McLeod, Hoffman Estates Village President, “Everyone is pursuing common goals of providing our region with educated, skilled workers in careers with a positive outlook. The Harvard Ash Center Bright Idea in Government recognition for our efforts is a wonderful honor.”
This is the fourth cohort recognized through the Bright Ideas program, an initiative of the broader Innovations in American Government Awards program. For consideration as a Bright Idea, programs must currently be in operation or in the process of launching and have sufficient operational resources and must be administered by one or more governmental entities; nonprofit, private sector, and union initiatives are eligible if operating in partnership with a governmental organization. Bright Ideas are showcased on the Ash Center’s Government Innovators Network, an online platform for practitioners and policymakers to share innovative public policy solutions.
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