Tag Archives: Manufacturing Economy

Scaling Small-Batch Food Production in Cities: Land Use Lessons from Incubator Kitchens and Manufacturers in Boston, DC, NYC

​Food production is an industry cluster that can thrive in every city; however, while many cities have sufficient shared kitchen space for nascent small-batch producers, many of them are unable to find affordable space once they’re ready to scale their business. As these businesses are ready to grow, we must identify best practices to help keep real estate accessible and affordable to keep small and growing food and beverage producers—and the jobs they create—in cities. This webinar from the Urban... Read more

“Made in Baltimore” Label Designed to Boost Local Economy

​In Baltimore, there are very few entry-level jobs for those without a college degree that pay enough to support a small family. Giving small businesses the extra boost of being backed by a city-led marketing campaign can help them scale, and create jobs that are good quality and accessible to those without higher education. They’ll be able to put the “Made in Baltimore” logo on their product label, or in their storefront window, but they’ll also benefit from technical support... Read more

Advancing Inclusive Entrepreneurship and Business Growth in Urban Manufacturing: Lessons from Portland and Cincinnati

As entrepreneurship and the innovation economy continue to gain traction in cities across the nation, how can we ensure inclusive participation in low-income residents and communities of color? Learn about initiatives in Portland and Cincinnati that have successfully helped people of color launch and expand innovative, high-tech, and high-growth businesses in their communities. Register now... Read more

Webinar: How to Retain Maker and Manufacturing Industries with Creative Zoning Tools

As manufacturing space is threatened by residential, commercial, and retail uses, cities are starting to think creatively about where small-batch production can happen in a city. Learn about new or proposed zoning initiatives in Somerville, Nashville, and Indianapolis that are helping makers and manufacturers protect real estate space they currently occupy or can move to in the future. Register now... Read more

Webinar: Strategic Partnerships in Detroit to Create Stronger Connections between Youth and the Trades

Long-term investments are sorely needed to connect youth to the trades – and to change the general public’s perception of the trades – but we can’t lose sight of the partnerships already taking place. The Urban Manufacturing Alliance’s Workforce Community of Practice will feature two organizations’ creative partnerships to bringing youth into the trades. Both examples of partnerships demonstrate intentional inclusion of underserved communities and the benefit manufacturing jobs can bring to them and their communities. Register now... Read more

Small-Scale Manufacturing and Place-Based Economic Development Technical Assistance

Small-scale manufacturers have emerged as a significant force in today’s urban economy. For cities suffering the loss of skilled-labor employers, this emerging sector can create jobs and connect residents to economic opportunity while also serving as a powerful tool in the effort to revitalize neighborhoods. Smart Growth America announced a series of new, free technical assistance workshops. In partnership with the U.S. Economic Development Administration and Recast City, this program will educate and gather lessons from communities on how strategic... Read more

Prototyping Equity: Local Strategies for a More Inclusive Innovation Economy

This new report from the Equitable Innovation Economies Initiative (EIE), argues that supporting manufacturing can help cities solve a myriad of entrenched issues. Cities that make bolstering a “new breed of makers” an imperative can help kickstart new companies and create job in communities and neighborhoods left out of previous economic development initiatives. Read more... Read more

How 4 Cities Are Using Manufacturing to Build Equitable Economies

A new report called Prototyping Equity, released by the Equitable Innovation Economies Initiative (EIE), argues that supporting manufacturing can help cities solve a myriad of entrenched issues. Cities that make bolstering a “new breed of makers” an imperative can help kickstart new companies and create job in communities and neighborhoods left out of previous economic development initiatives. Read more... Read more

Innovation Districts, Texas-Style

​Throughout the past few decades, Texas’ cities have topped many lists for economic growth and population gain, but that hasn’t necessarily put them on top of any urbanists’ lists for smart development. Instead, there has long been a (largely accurate) perception that places like Houston are city-builders’ nightmares, stuck in a pattern of sprawl. Only recently, as market forces are revaluing “urban amenities,” has this begun to change. Read more... Read more

The Role of Small-Scale Manufacturing: Creating Strong Local Economies and Great Neighborhoods, Feb. 10

The Funders’ Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities’ next monthly Learning Network webinar will discuss how small-scale manufacturing businesses serve a key role in neighborhoods. These businesses create high quality jobs that may not require a college or advanced degree, bring vibrancy to a neighborhood or town center, and strengthen and diversify the local economy. Moreover, these businesses are often the perfect size to fit right into existing neighborhood centers and should be a core strategy for community reinvestment... Read more