Derek Waldvoord, Project Manager, Cook County Bureau of Economic Development, Charlie Bartsch, Senior Advisor for Economic Development, EPA, Julie Wenah, Counselor and Policy Advisor, U.S. Department of Commerce, Jay Williams, U.S. Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development, Irene Sherr, Legislative Affairs, and Jennifer Ptak, Project Manager, Cook County Bureau of Economic Development in Washington DC at 2nd annual Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership Summit (IMCP).

Derek Waldvoord, Project Manager, Cook County Bureau of Economic Development, Charlie Bartsch, Senior Advisor for Economic Development, EPA, Julie Wenah, Counselor and Policy Advisor, U.S. Department of Commerce, Jay Williams, U.S. Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development, Irene Sherr, Legislative Affairs, and Jennifer Ptak, Project Manager, Cook County Bureau of Economic Development in Washington DC at 2nd annual Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership Summit (IMCP).

The Cook County’s Bureau of Economic Development and the Chicago Metro Metal Consortium  (CMMC) attended the 2nd Annual Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership Summit (IMCP) in Washington DC on October 21-22, 2015. The conference included representatives from the  twenty-four federally designated manufacturing communities. The summit was an opportunity for exchange of best practices, networking, one on one meetings with federal agencies, and discussions about economic development practice and policy.

The Chicago Metro Metal Consortium was well represented at the conference with attendees from Cook County Bureau of Economic Development, World Business Chicago and University of Illinois.

CMMC members played a key role at the summit, with Jennifer Ptak, Program Manager, Cook County Bureau of Economic Development serving on the Planning Committee.   Michael Jasso, Bureau Chief, Cook County Bureau of Economic Development participated on a panel titled: Keeping America on the Cutting Edge of Innovation – the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation.  Irene Sherr, Legislative Affairs, Cook County Bureau of Economic Development participated on the a panel titled:   Community Best Practices for International Trade and Inbound Investment.