The objective of the meeting was increasing cooperation between the CWCC
and the local manufacturers,in addition to increasing cooperation and coordination among them as well, in order to achieve complete domestication of the technology and industrial processes involved and thereby increasing investment opportunities in the sector.
Jennifer Granholm's staff, state agencies, the Cornerstone Alliance and CWCC recently developed the programs to help address more immediate challenges within Benton Harbor as the Council further expands its long-term efforts to drive structural, systemic change throughout the area.
The CWCC has also put in place a collaborative process to secure additional funds from local sources, including businesses, local private foundations and non-profit organizations.
Despite last month's civil disturbances in Benton Harbor, the CWCC leadership has been encouraged by the outpouring of positive support from Benton Harbor ministers, elected officials and leaders from communities throughout the region.