VIA, GCAMP Join Forces to Expand Manufacturing Workforce Initiatives in Kane County, Region

VIA, GCAMP Join Forces to Expand Manufacturing Workforce Initiatives in Kane County, Region

Valley Industrial Association has announced its expansion of manufacturing workforce development by acquiring the Golden Corridor Advanced Manufacturing Partnership, or GCAMP, a non-profit 501c3 organization that works with schools to promote manufacturing careers and to create a sustainable manufacturing workforce.

Rebranded as the GREATER CHICAGO Advanced Manufacturing Partnership, the organization will now serve the expanded area under the VIA.

Kathleen Burley, executive director of GCAMP and the new vice president of Education & Workforce Development for VIA, states that the additional support with VIA will strengthen the developing workforce initiatives in the region.

Kathy Gilmore, president of Valley Industrial Association, said she is excited to have GCAMP as part of the VIA family.

“Our mission is to help companies through their challenges, and workforce is one of their biggest challenges,” Gilmore said. “We are looking forward to bringing what GCAMP is doing in the Golden Corridor to the larger area that VIA serves.”

About The Partnership

The Greater Chicago Advanced Manufacturing Partnership, or “GCAMP” is a 501(c)3 Nonprofit Charitable Organization with a mission to work toward creating a sustainable manufacturing  workforce in the Greater Chicago Region.

GCAMP is a coalition of area manufacturers, educators at all levels, trade associations, workforce boards, and municipal economic developers that support activities through grant sponsorship for educational programs and hands on work-based learning to promote advanced manufacturing as a solid career pathway.

If you would like to learn more about how GCAMP is working to build your future workforce, visit

About The Valley Industrial Association

The Valley Industrial Association is a trade association for manufacturers, distributors, and industrial companies and those that support them in the Chicagoland area.

Founded in the Fox Valley area in 1902, the VIA’s mission is to be a value-added partner to its members; providing strategic resources, relevant educational programming and networking opportunities that help members meet or exceed their business objectives.

The VIA has over 200 members in 8 Chicago-land counties. More information about Valley Industrial Association can be found at