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Maps  |  October 1, 2013

Pratt Center is working to dramatically expand the residential energy efficiency market though an innovative study to standardize retrofits.

Report  |  September 18, 2013

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...

Report  |  August 9, 2013

The Pratt Center for Community Development was commissioned by New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn to assess the major distribution challenges facing food and beverage manufacturers and identify strategic interventions the City could implement to better position the sector...

Report  |  July 17, 2013

This concept paper contains recommendations for how New York City can build a healthy, vibrant manufacturing sector. Any comprehensive strategy to diversify our economic base, create well-paying jobs and promote the city’s long-term environmental sustainability must both capitalize on the...

Maps  |  June 4, 2013

As communities, businesses, and government begin the long process of rebuilding in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy and planning for long-term resiliency, it’s imperative that they have comprehensive information on the storm’s impacts to

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Report  |  April 23, 2013

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 Because of restrictive and somewhat outdated program...

Report  |  April 17, 2013

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...

Report  |  April 9, 2013

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...

Report  |  February 13, 2013

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...

Report  |  February 8, 2013

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...