Participants at the Great Lakes Manufacturing Forum in Chicago outlined the need for a focus on manufacturing policy in light of the severe economic downturn that began in late 2007 and the lingering weakness in its wake. The Council is compiling and comparing public policy recommendations of key organizations interested in the success of manufacturing in our region. Our objective is to call attention to the most common areas of agreement as benchmarks for policy-makers. The Council will also plan periodic dialogues to focus on similarities, differences, and priorities. If you would like to join the Manufacturing Policy Work Group's list as well as for further information e-mail us.