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Urban Manufacturing Alliance (UMA)

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After four decades of decline, the U.S. manufacturing sector is growing and creating quality jobs. Cities are showing particularly strong gains, which is largely attributable to the unique cultural, spatial and economic assets of urban areas and the ingenuity and innovative business models of small urban manufacturers.
The UMA is a national collaborative of public and private stakeholders working to foster sustainable manufacturing initiatives in cities across the U.S.
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On average, the jobs created by these businesses are better paying than service sector jobs and offer more opportunities for advancement in a stable career.  However, many cities lack the expertise, data, and policies to most effectively grow small manufacturing businesses, capitalize on...

Project Status: 
Active
Who's Working on this Project?: 
Tanu Kumar

Made In NYC

Intro Paragraph: 
New York City is home to almost 7,000 small manufacturers employing 65,000 people. They make everything from pianos (Steinway in Queens) and landing gear for spacecraft (Vahl in Brooklyn) to food, fashion, film and furnishings.
Made In NYC enhances the capacity of small businesses to create jobs, foster entrepreneurial innovation, and grow sustainable local markets.
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Furthermore, the manufacturing sector is a proven source of good jobs for individuals with limited education and other barriers to employment in many of the city’s most distressed communities. For example, manufacturers in the Bronx, the city’s poorest borough, pay an average salary...

Project Status: 
Active
Who's Working on this Project?: 
Joanna Reynolds
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Brooklyn Navy Yard

In this report, Pratt Center presents a thorough investigation of the Brooklyn Navy Yard (BNY), a 300-acre city-owned industrial park and one of the fastest growing green manufacturing centers in the country.  The paper demonstrates that New York City’s strategy of retaining...

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Issue Area: 
Urban Manufacturing
Date: 
Wednesday, February 13, 2013

A Review of Selected Incubator Kitchens & Training Restaurants

Following up on a 2010-2011 proposal to launch a sit-down restaurant and training kitchen on Farmers Boulevard, Pratt Center produced this national review of training and incubation kitchens. This presentation profiles a series of NYC incubation kitchens, which offer affordable rents and...

Research Type: 
Issue Area: 
Sustainable Community Development
Date: 
Friday, October 1, 2010

The Federal Role in Supporting Urban Manufacturing

This paper identifies opportunities for federal policy to support Small Urban Manufacturers (SUMs), and to do so within a thoughtful framework for urban development. The report presents an overview of America’s manufacturing today: decentralized networks of small, specialized firms, many...

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Issue Area: 
Urban Manufacturing
Date: 
Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Community Board 9 Manhattan 197-a Plan

Community Board 9 Manhattan 197-a Plan, completed in 2007, is the compilation of work begun by the Community Board in 1998, and later revised and supported by the Office of Manhattan Borough President, a Columbia University Planning Studio, the New York City Council, the Harlem Community...

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Issue Area: 
Sustainable Community Development
Date: 
Monday, September 24, 2007

High-Tech, High-Touch, and Manufacturing’s Triple Bottom Line

This article, written by Pratt Center’s Joan Byron and Adam Friedman in MIT’s Innovations journal,  promotes a definition of “Advanced Manufacturing” that derives value from human as well as technological inputs. Cities that serve as hubs of both cultural...

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Issue Area: 
Urban Manufacturing
Date: 
Friday, February 8, 2013

Cypress Hills Local Development Corporation (CHLDC) - Manufacturing Opportunity Analysis

As part of CHLDC's current Brownfield Opportunity Area project, Pratt Center analyzed the potential to sustain, expand, connect and "green" manufacturing in Cypress Hills, Brooklyn.  Pratt's primary recommendation was to capitalize on local food production by building a...

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Issue Area: 
Sustainable Community Development
Date: 
Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Industrial Revenue Policy Bond program - a policy brief produced by the Urban Manufacturing Alliance

This Urban Manufacturing Alliance policy brief takes an in-depth look at the Industrial Revenue Bond (IRB) Program, a federal financing tool designed to provide qualified manufacturing projects with access to tax-exempt financing. Because of restrictive and somewhat outdated program...

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Issue Area: 
Urban Manufacturing
Date: 
Tuesday, April 23, 2013

One City One Future: A Blueprint for Growth that Works for All New Yorkers

This blueprint for economic development is the product of four years of collaboration by civic leaders, neighborhood advocates, community development organizations, labor unions, local development corporations, environmentalists, and others to make economic development work for all New Yorkers...

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Issue Area: 
Sustainable Community Development
Date: 
Monday, April 6, 2009

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