Tag: Angela Smith

Maywood Seeks To Expand Enterprise Zone To Include Bellwood, Broadview And Melrose Park

Saturday, April 18, 2018 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews 

Maywood officials are looking to join forces with Bellwood, Broadview, Melrose Park and Cook County in order to create the West Regional Enterprise Zone Collaborative — an expansion of the current Maywood Enterprise Zone that was created back in the late 1980s in order to bring new businesses into the village.

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Renovation Of Maywood Park District’s ‘809 Building’ To Start This Summer

Wednesday, February 14, 2018 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews 

Featured image: Maywood Park District Commission President Dawn Williams-Rone shoots hoops on the new basketball court located in the shadow the 809 W. Madison building, which could also be renovated by the end of this year. | File 

Renovations on the Maywood Park District’s building at 809 W. Madison St. are scheduled to start in the summer and could be completed before the year is out, according to park district officials.

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Maywood Board Hears Development Proposal For First And Lake Sites

Tuesday, December 26, 2017 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews 

Could a Starbucks possibly be headed to Maywood?

Representatives with a Burr Ridge-based commercial real estate brokerage say that the idea of the global coffee behemoth landing another outpost in the west suburb isn’t all that far-fetched.

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Domestic Shipping Company Looking To Build Facility In Maywood

Wednesday, December 20, 2017 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews 

Featured image: A rendering of a proposed trucking facility that Mit Express is looking to build in Maywood at 1001 W. St. Charles Rd. | Mit Express 

A domestic shipping company that is currently headquartered in Broadview, and that has operations in four states, is looking to purchase a village-owned property in Maywood in order to build a domestic transportation facility.

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Maywood Approves Construction of 5th Ave. Development

Wednesday, November 22, 2017 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews 

Featured image: An architectural rendering of the proposed housing development to be built on a vacant lot at 800-820 S. 5th Ave. in Maywood. | Interfaith Housing Development Corporation 

During a regular meeting on Nov. 21, the Maywood Board of Trustees unanimously approved a redevelopment agreement that allows for the construction of a 68-unit, 5-story apartment building on the site of a vacant lot at 800-820 S. 5th Ave. in Maywood. The building will include 4,500 square feet of first-floor commercial space.

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Maywood Residents React to Affordable Housing Proposal

Friday, September 1, 2017 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews

The last time Perry Vietti, the president of Interfaith Housing Development Corporation, was in Maywood pitching a plan to build affordable housing units in the village, he confronted a wave of criticism from residents who thought that the proposal was bad for the village’s quality of life.

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Manufacturing, The Present And Future Of Good Employment, Still Mired By Outdated Perceptions, Say Educators


Freedman seating employee Valerie Galvan, 38, holds up the work of her hands. | Chandler West/Wednesday Journal || Below: Angela Smith, Maywood’s business development coordinator, second from right, with Commissioner Richard Boykin and other business and government leaders during a Feb. 24 manufacturing breakfast in Chicago.

Boykin manufacturing breakfast.jpgThursday, March 10, 2016 || By Michael Romain 

Jose Aybar, the president of Richard J. Daley College in Chicago, often tells the story of visiting a manufacturing expo at McCormick Place one day and leaving with an ‘Aha!’ moment.

“I walked up to [huge] machine [that] was turning out about four to five tables,” he said during a manufacturing breakfast hosted by Cook County Commissioner Richard Boykin (1st) last month at Freedman Seating in Chicago.

“I looked around for the person running the show for that machine and saw that person working a computer model,” said Aybar, who conceded that, at the time, his knowledge of manufacturing was “very, very shallow.”

It turned out, he said, that person was a petite woman who was earning $75,000 after having obtained an associate’s degree in manufacturing from a community college. And because she had also recently obtained her bachelor’s degree, her employer was going to give her a $10,000 raise. Aybar’s opinion of manufacturing changed in that moment.

“The manufacturing industry has an image problem,” Aybar said. “We see the worker in a manufacturing plant as being that burly fella with greasy hands. That’s changed.”

Aybar was among several community college administrators who shared the challenges of recruiting manufacturing students with a panel of employers and representatives of various government agencies who, in turn, shared the challenges of recruiting trained workers.

Boykin said bridging the divide is key to alleviating the high unemployment rates in certain areas of his district — a sentiment echoed by Maywood’s business development coordinator Angela Smith, who was also in attendance at the breakfast.

“It’s no wonder we have a problem with violence [and] illegal narcotics,” said Boykin. “These problems will not be solved without expanding employment and training opportunities for all of our residents.”

“Maywood is only as strong as our neighbors,” Smith said. “Jobs are key for our community and for maintaining the existing businesses we have here.”

Irene Sherr, a legislative affairs representative with the Cook County Bureau of Economic Development, said that the Chicago region is one of 24 federally designated manufacturing clusters that receive priority funding and resources designed to spur growth.

“There are about 3,700 firms in the Chicago region with 100,000 employees and $30 billion in sales associated with machinery and fabricated metal,” Sherr said, adding that about half of those firms are small businesses that employ less than 10 workers.

Many employees in those firms are getting ready to retire and are currently looking for fresh workers, said Dr. Henry Bohleke, the dean of business and technology at Triton College.

“When we meet with manufacturers, we hear the chorus of people struggling to fill positions,” Bohleke said. “There are people available, but they don’t have the skills.”

Bohleke said, through its industry partners, Triton offers up to 150 internships each year, but only a fraction of them get filled “because we can’t get enough people into the programs and through the programs.”

Bohleke said that Triton has introduced new engineering technology programs and experimented with a European training model — which emphasizes paying for students’ education in exchange for commitments to stay with companies for a minimum amount of time — to attract and retain “the best and the brightest” talent.

But he said there’s still some ground to cover before the conventional perception most people have about manufacturing jobs undergoes a change in the country’s popular consciousness.

“Sadly, many people in our education system — including teachers, counselors and even parents — still see a vision of manufacturing [ripped out of] Upton Sinclair’s novel ‘The Jungle.’ Sinclair had a very dim view of manufacturing and even compared it to slavery. Manufacturing has changed a great deal since then.” VFP

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