2nd National Convening

Urban Manufacturing: Priming the ecosystem

A confluence of trends including the spread of new technologies, increasing importation costs, shifting consumer preferences and more supportive public policies has set the stage for the revitalization of urban manufacturing. As the UM movement begins to gain momentum, there is a need to build the infrastructure to not only sustain this new industrial ecosystem but to catalyze its growth. This two day convening focused on the policies, practices, incentives, and partnerships that will enable this urban manufacturing ecosystem to thrive.

UMA 2nd National Convening Summary Report

Welcome and Present & Future of Urban Manufacturing

Jason Tester, Research Director Human-Future Interaction, Institute For The Future
“Making Stuff in Maker Cities—The Future of Urban Innovation”

Lisa Gansky, Chief Instigator, Mesh Labs, Author of “The Mesh: why the future of business is sharing”
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Session 1 – Priming the Ecosystem
What critical infrastructure is needed to sustain and grow urban industrial ecosystems?
Moderator: Kate Sofis, Executive Director, SFMade

Nancey Green Leigh, Professor of City and Regional Planning Georgia Institute of Technology “Economic Development and the Manufacturing Ecosystem”
What is the manufacturing ecosystem, and what needs to be in place in terms of zoning, land use, capital and policy to help that ecosystem thrive?
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Bethany Betzler, Associate Director Detroit Creative Corridor Center (D3C) “Manufacturing and Creative Industries in Detroit”
Why Detroit is building a platform at the intersection of art, design, craft, and manufacturing, and how it will serve the economy at-large.
Presentation pdf
Artifact Makers Society video

Steve Charters, Co-founder and Research Coordinator, Jill Merriman, Co-founder and Program Coordinator, Made In Montreal
“Boots on the ground research of the urban manufacturing community”
This research aimed to characterize the nature of manufacturing in a modern urban context and to explore the economic and employment contributions of the sector. The responses gave us insight into the needs of urban manufacturers and identified areas of opportunity in strengthening the manufacturing ecosystem.
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Session 2 – Land Use: Repurposing the past, creating places for manufacturing and making
Moderator: Joan Byron, Director of Policy, Pratt Center for Community Development

Michael Cooper, Assistant Vice President, Market Development, Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation
“The Lower Schuylkill Masterplan”
This presentation describes the plans for redevelopment of a 4,000 acre section of Southwest Philadelphia to satisfy both the environmental and economic needs of a growing industrial economy.
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Nathaniel Hoelzel, School of City and Regional Planning Georgia Institute of Technology
“Policy networks and overcoming brownfield barriers to urban manufacturing”
The presence of brownfields and their impacts in inner-city neighborhoods remain a widespread problem for local economic development and are daunting barriers to strengthening urban manufacturing. This presentation’s main focus is on the role stakeholders and their policy networks play in promoting industrial brownfield redevelopment and placing manufacturing into the context of sustainable local economic development and land use planning.
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Rachel McIntosh, Senior Program Officer, LISC Indianapolis & Joe Bowling, Englewood Community Development Corporation
“Indianapolis and Industrial Reuse”
The presenters will discuss the expansion of their neighborhood redevelopment efforts from the more natural walkable business districts to more challenging commercial corridors composed of a significant number of industrial parcels.
Presentation pdf – Rachel McIntosh
Presentation pdf – Joe Bowling



Session 3 – UMA Initiatives: Design/Production Innovation Districts
“Capturing More Impact”

Adam Friedman, Director, Pratt Center for Community Development
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Discussant: Sal DiStefano, Boston Redevelopment Authority
A Design/Production Innovation district would help cities support the formation and expansion of manufacturing businesses and the creation of well-paying manufacturing jobs by strengthening that sector’s relationship to design, engineering and other creative resources. Cities would use a mix of zoning, financing, equity and other tools to create Innovation Districts containing both a vibrant mix of space for design, production, the arts and other amenities that stimulate product development and commercialization, and also stable space for production to ensure that new businesses and jobs remain in the cities.

Session 4: Parallel Tracks

Joan Byron, Director of Policy, Pratt Center for Community Development
A: Introducing the Non-Profit Real Estate Development Toolkit
B: Building a powerful national, decentralized sourcing network
Manufacturers face challenges in securing stable, affordable, high-quality space in both hot and cool urban markets. The toolkit is meant to unpack those challenges and help manufacturers, developers, advocates, and local governments understand each other’s roles in overcoming them. We’ll walk through the development process using a fictional project as a case study, and see how developers evaluate opportunities, assemble capital, and manage risks over the life of a project.
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Session 5 – The Manufacturing Workforce
What are our workforce development goals and priorities, and what impact do we want to have? What are the opportunities and challenges for integrating these goals and priorities with urban manufacturing development?
Moderator: Matt Tuerk, Director of Research and Innovation, Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation

-This video has been cut from its original length due to technical difficulties-

Claire Michaels, Manufacturing Workforce and Hiring Manager SFMade
“An overview of SFMade’s “Hiring Made Better” Program including the recently launched internship model YouthMade”

Dave Meade, Executive Director, Southest Brooklyn Industrial Development Corporation
“SBIDC’s experience with workforce development”
The presentation will also cover:
• How to create a job board that benefits both your manufacturing companies and the local workforce.
• How to partner with local workforce training organizations.
• The opportunities and challenges of being an intermediary.

Presentation pdf – Claire & Dave

Mike Egan, Assistant Executive Director, California Teachers’ Association
“A Match Made in Heaven? Manufacturing, Education, and Workforce – Reviving the Urban Economy”
This talk will cover the efforts of Manufacturing Renaissance in Chicago, the Bay Area and elsewhere. Our core guiding principles are:
• The United States should be the global leader in advanced manufacturing
• Our competitive advantage is a strategic partnership of business, labor, government and communities
• A world-class education system is a fundamental requirement for a strong advanced manufacturing sector
• A strong advanced manufacturing sector builds up communities and the middle class, and reduces poverty

Steve Doehler University of Cincinnati, & Noel Gauthier, Co-Owner: the Launch Werks, Co-Founder: Cncy Made, Co-Founder: First Batch
“First Batch: A Talent and Economic Collaboration between Cincinnati’s Maker Community and the University of Cincinnati”
For several decades, the city of Cincinnati has been a world-class center for fine craftsmanship, large-scale manufacturing, and branding. In recent years a unique partnership between the University of Cincinnati (UC), CncyMade, a local Maker community organization, and the Haile/US Bank Foundation has evolved. Our presentation will focus on the relationship between graduating students from UC’s Industrial Design program, their transition and growth into the Cincinnati Maker community, and the creation of our new outreach program “First Batch”.
Presentation pdf
First Batch video