Panel Discussion

An informative panel discussion took place on Innovation and Entrepreneurship

The Chicago Metro Metal Consortium (CMMC) hosted a regional meeting on Thursday, March 19th at the NIU Campus in Naperville, DuPage County home of the Rev3 Innovation Center.  The purpose of the meeting was to highlight the growing network of incubators, co-working spaces, and Maker Spaces in the Chicago region.

The meeting started with a welcome message from Greg Bedalov, Choose DuPage, and DuPage County Board Member Tonia Khouri, Chaiman of the County’s Economic Development Committee.

A lively panel, moderated by Nic Zito, Rev3/ DuPage,  took place on Innovation and Entrepreneurship with:

  • Reggie Greenwood, Chicago Southland Development Corporation
  • Bill Fienup, Catalyze Chicago
  • Mike Cobert, NIU EIGERlab Innovation Network
  • Bryan Gay, Rev 3, Choose DuPage

Panelists discussed opportunities for networking and shared access among organizations, investments and venture capital resources in the region, and opportunities for how metal manufacturers to might benefit from these resources. A lively question and answer period followed. Following the panel discussion, Haven Allen, World Business Chicago, discussed plans for a Manufacturing Innovation Hub, and Irene Sherr, Cook County Bureau of Economic Development, provided an update on the work of CMMC.  The meeting concluded with a tour of the Rev3 Center.

The Chicago Metro Metal Consortium (CMMC) is an initiative designed to support, strengthen and grow the region’s 3,700 metal manufacturing firms. This cluster represents $30 billion of annual revenues and 100,000 employees.

CMMC offers metal manufacturers tools, services and resources to improve and grow their businesses through collaboration and networking, market intelligence and the promotion of the region as the national’s leading center for metal manufacturers.

For more information on the Chicago Metro Metal Consortium (CMMC), go to their website.


Entrance to the Rev3/DuPage Center