Changing Gears: Remaking the Manufacturing Belt

Manufacturing in the Great Lakes region, once the lynchpin of America's industrial economy, has been in sharp decline in recent years. However, the region's rich natural and human resources, which have historically been the backbone of its tremendous economic output, lend many opportunities for the region to transform itself in a post-manufacturing economy.

As recipients of a new multi-year grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Michigan Radio, Chicago Public Media, and Cleveland's ideastream are collaborating to form the Upper Midwest Local Journalism Center, that will tell the story of this region's transformation. The project, entitled "Changing Gears: Remaking the Manufacturing Belt," will look at the past, present, and future of the industrial Midwest, through on-air reports and public engagement.

Thanks to this grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the partner stations will be committing extensive resources to this long-term project. Through feature reports, regional call-in discussions, community town hall events, blogs, and other online features, the stations will track the latest economic developments for the region, facilitate conversations beyond borders, and explore what has and what hasn't been working in terms of improving the regional economy.  This collaboration with three of the largest public radio stations in the Great Lakes area will allow the stations to pool their extensive resources and diverse perspectives. As a result, this region's most important story-its economic future-will receive the most comprehensive coverage possible.

For more information, contact Micheline Maynard at 312.948.4747.