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We started with basic content and plan to build out the site as we grow. Right now, the website shares information on the cluster, our strategy and partners, IMCP eligible grant opportunities, events, and news. We also have a hidden, ‘members-only’ password-protected page with meeting agendas and minutes and a host of downloads including data on the firms in our cluster and marketing materials. Some additions we’re thinking about: including a scorecard or dashboard metric on our progress and adding a resource page for metal manufacturers in our cluster. We’re also looking to launch a newsletter to more easily link to and share content.
-- Jennifer Ptak, Chicago Metro Metal Consortium, IMCP
Check out PowerPoint below for more details on Chicago Metro Metal's website!