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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...

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

Made In NYC

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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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Urban Manufacturing
Date: 
Wednesday, February 13, 2013

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

The Farm to Factory Project

This report details a successful pilot project aimed at demonstrating the potential to meet New York City food processors’ demand for local ingredients grown in New York State- at both small and large scales.  Pratt Center surveyed food manufacturers in the five boroughs, revealing a...

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Urban Manufacturing
Date: 
Sunday, April 1, 2012

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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Urban Manufacturing
Date: 
Friday, February 8, 2013

Farm to Bakery

This report summarizes a local food pilot project undertaken by Pratt Center for Community Development and the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets (NYSDAM).  Farm to Bakery sought to capitalize on the demand for quality locally-grown grains and flour by both New York City...

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Urban Manufacturing
Date: 
Tuesday, April 9, 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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Urban Manufacturing
Date: 
Tuesday, April 23, 2013

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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Urban Manufacturing
Date: 
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
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