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The future of the United States’ industrial sector relies on finding a new generation of workers to replace a rapidly aging one: estimates have told us that an additional 2.4 million manufacturing workers are needed in the next decade. Further, these new workers will have to be skilled at managing the technologies that are radically changing how we manufacture. The sector will need to incorporate diversity, equity, and inclusion into its workforce. It is widely accepted that lasting sectoral partnerships between communities and companies are the most effective strategy to build a skilled workforce. But establishing racial equity intentional partnerships is easier said than done.

On March 22, from 2:30 to 4:00 PM ET, in the final webinar for the Urban Manufacturing Alliance and The Century Foundation’s Industry & Inclusion cohort program, we will explore the innovative partnerships that our participating workforce training organizations have forged with unlikely entities in their communities. These partnerships build relationships with community, form trust, and create new opportunities for neighborhood residents and manufacturers alike. Our presenters will discuss the partnerships they’ve formed, the strategies behind them, and the outcomes that demonstrate their power. This webinar is sponsored by The Century Foundation, the Urban Manufacturing Alliance, and Jobs to Move America.


  • Catrina Crane, director of workforce development and business solutions at Menomonee Valley Partners in Milwaukee
  • Andrew Stettner, senior fellow, The Century Foundation
  • Katy Stanton, programming & operations director, Urban Manufacturing Alliance
  • Stephen Tucker, president and CEO of Northland Workforce Training Center in Buffalo
  • Héctor Huezo, senior workforce equity coordinator at Jobs to Move America
  • Jason Drake, executive director, WorkRoom Program Alliance at Dan T. Moore Company

The panel will be facilitated by Dr. Ron Williams, assistant professor at Coppin State University, UMA board president-elect, and I&I academic advisor.