Teresa Córdova, director of the UIC Great Cities Institute and professor of urban planning and policy, is a featured expert in a WBEZ story about manufacturing companies disinvesting in Chicago and the effect on neighborhoods that is still felt today, particularly on the city’s West Side. Cordova says that manufacturing still presents the greatest opportunity for job growth and if a company were to relocate in a neighborhood with an available workforce, the overall positive economic impact could be experienced beyond just those who are directly hired.
Teresa Cordova, director of the Great Cities Institute at the University of Illinois at Chicago, said manufacturing still presents the greatest opportunity for job growth.
“The kind of manufacturing that was here probably isn’t coming back,” Cordova said. “But there’s new kinds of manufacturing that’s occurring. There’s something that we now refer to as precision manufacturing, or advanced manufacturing.”