Tag Archives: Manufacturing

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

Makers at Club Cyberia, a makerspace in Indianapolis (Credit: @ClubCyberiaIndy / Twitter)
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

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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

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

Portland, Oregon (Credit: Junior League of Portland)
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? In this webinar from the Urban Manufacturing Alliance, learn about initiatives in Portland, OR, and Cincinnati, OH, that have successfully helped people of color launch and expand innovative, high-tech, and high-growth businesses in their communities. Register now... Read more

Prototyping Equity: Local Strategies for a More Inclusive Innovation Economy

Manufacturing worker in Pittsburgh (Credit: Urban Innovation21, Pittsburgh)
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

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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

Group Says Food Manufacturing Hub Would Mean Jobs and New Life for Historic District

The Center for Neighborhood Technology envisions turning three buildings near the old Chicago Union Stock Yards into an industrial park for food manufacturing (John J. Kim / Chicago Tribune)
A p​roposal seeks to turn a century-old monument to Chicago’s industrial past — three massive city-owned buildings near the old Chicago Union Stock Yards — into a bustling, modern food manufacturing hub. The city has tried for more than a year to sell the six-story brick fortresses. Now the Center for Neighborhood Technology wants the city to consider a more specific redevelopment, one it says would pump jobs, revenue and life back into the historic Central Manufacturing District on the... Read more

The Country’s Largest Bike-Share Operator Is Now Making Its Bikes In Detroit

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​The company that manages New York’s bike-share program—along with many of the other major bike-share networks in the country—has decided to start manufacturing bicycles in the U.S. In part, that’s because bike share is growing quickly, and Motivate, the company that runs the programs, wanted to be able to respond equally quickly with production. As cities expand their fleets, Motivate decided to revamp production and manufacture bikes in Detroit. Read more... Read more

Downtown Redevelopment: The Role of Small-Scale Manufacturing, Dec. 9

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​This webinar will focus on the role of small-scale manufacturing in downtown redevelopment. Small-scale manufacturing businesses serve a key role as tenants for new real estate products and rehabilitation of older buildings, they create higher quality jobs in a community, and bring energy to towns and cities. Ilana Preuss, Founder of Recast City, will introduce and define these small-scale manufacturing businesses, present examples of their impact and benefits to communities big and small, and discuss how to bring them into... Read more