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Urban Manufacturing Alliance 2nd National Convening Summary Report

Who's Working on this Research?: 
Tanu Kumar
Adam Friedman

The Urban Manufacturing Alliance (UMA) 2nd National Convening, held in Oakland, California in early October, brought together more than 70 manufacturing and economic development professionals representing 40 organizations from 25 cities. This year’s convening theme, “Priming the...

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Urban Manufacturing
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Thursday, December 5, 2013

Community Energy-Efficiency Retrofit Programs: A National Survey

In the process of developing Retrofit NYC Block by Block, the Pratt Center reviewed the methods and accomplishments of eight community-based energy efficiency outreach programs outside of New York City.

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Energy Efficiency
Date: 
Monday, November 15, 2010

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...

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

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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Urban Manufacturing
Date: 
Wednesday, April 6, 2011

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

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

Building in Good Jobs: Linking Economic and Workforce Development with Real Estate-Led Economic Development

This report suggests that without explicit efforts to link property redevelopment with efforts to put unemployed or underemployed people to work at family-supporting wages, the negative impacts of growth (displacement, housing cost appreciation) often affect the historically disadvantaged far...

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Issue Area: 
Sustainable Community Development
Date: 
Monday, May 4, 2009

Urban Manufacturing Alliance - First Report Out

This document provides an overview of the first meeting of the Urban Manufacturing Alliance (UMA),  a national collaborative of non-profit, for-profit and governmental stakeholders working together to grow urban manufacturing, create living wage jobs and catalyze sustainable local...

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Issue Area: 
Urban Manufacturing
Date: 
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
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