urban manufacturing

The Future of Industrial Brooklyn

Who's Working on this Research?: 
Paula Crespo

This report-out covers the key takeaways and salient points from two days of workshops and discussion about manufacturing in New York City, organized by five Brooklyn-based Community Development Corporations (CDCs) with technical assistance from Pratt Center. In April 2013, a diverse set of...

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Urban Manufacturing
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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

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...

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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

Green Job Creation Potential in New York City's Manufacturing Sector

This report analyzes New York City's manufacturing industry and the growth potential of greening operations. Making processes more eco-friendly has proven to be a successful business strategy for NYC manufacturers. The research presented in this report indicates that firms that have pursued...

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Urban Manufacturing
Date: 
Thursday, January 26, 2012

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
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Wednesday, April 6, 2011

RenewableNY: Bringing Manufacturing Businesses the Power to Retrofit

This report documents the RenewableNY program managed by the New York Industrial Retential Network (NYIRN), a project of Pratt Center. RenewableNY provided grant funding and project management support for industrial facilities to implement energy efficiency and renewable energy measures,...

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Urban Manufacturing
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Wednesday, January 21, 2009

The Perfect Setting: Economic Impact of the Diamond and Jewelry Industry in New York City

This report focuses on the economic activity and impact of New York’s Diamond District, an extraordinary block on 47th Street between 5th and 6th Avenues, which employs 22,300 people, many of which are historically disadvantaged workers. The report...

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Urban Manufacturing
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Wednesday, January 21, 2009

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
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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

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