Upcoming Events


Wednesday, May 17th – Friday, May 19th: Somerville Gathering

Read about each day’s activities, see the agenda, and get your tickets here.

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Wednesday, April 12th: Community College Partnerships to Create Workforce Pipelines: Lessons from Denver and San Bruno

Our speakers include:

  • Janet Colvin, Manufacturing Pathways Campus Coordinator, Community College of Denver – Denver, CO
  • Sarah Wilson, Business Development – Workforce Services, Office of Economic Development for the City and County of Denver – Denver, CO
  • Alpha Lewis, Skyline Community College and Goodwill Industries, San Bruno, CA

Full description and sign up here!

Wednesday, April 19th: Scaling Small-Batch Food Production in Cities Land Use Lessons from Incubator Kitchens and Manufacturers in Boston, DC and Brooklyn

Our speakers include:

  • Jen Faigel, Executive Director and Co-Founder of CommonWealth Kitchen – Boston, MA
  • Maya Atlas, Membership Manager of Union Kitchen – Washington, DC
  • Anita Shepherd, Founder of Anita’s Yogurt – Brooklyn, NY

Full description and sign up here!

Past Events

Wednesday, January 25th: Advancing Inclusive Entrepreneurship and Business Growth in Urban Manufacturing: Lessons from Portland and Cincinnati

Our speakers include:

  • Katherine Krajnak – Senior Industry Liaison, Portland Development Commission
  • Darrin Redus – Vice President, Minority Business Accelerator, Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce

Full description and sign up here!

 Thursday, December 1st: Strategic Partnerships in Detroit to Create Stronger Connections between Youth and the Trades

This webinar is proudly sponsored by Shinola.


Our speakers include:

  • Tammie Jones, Vice President, College and Career Pathways and CEO, Linked Learning Detroit (A program of United Way for Southeastern Michigan)
  • Kathy Laird, VP Automotive Operations, Goodwill Automotive (of Goodwill Industries of Greater Detroit)


Thursday, December 8th: How to Retain Maker and Manufacturing Industries with Creative Zoning Tools: Lessons from Indianapolis, Nashville, and Somerville

Our speakers include: 

  • Brian Phelps, Hawkins Partners – Nashville, TN
  • Tammara Tracy, Department of Metropolitan Development – Indianapolis, IN
  • George Proakis, Department of Planning – Somerville, MA

Tuesday, February 28th: Building Apprenticeship Programs to Engage Youth in Manufacturing Careers: Lessons from San Francisco, Cincinnati, and Montreal

Our speakers include:

  • Claire Michaels, Manufacturing Workforce and Hiring Manager, SFMade – San Francisco, CA
  • Stephen Tucker, Director of Industry Partnerships, Partners for a Competitive Workforce – Cincinnati, OH
  • James Bax, thyssenkrupp Bilstein of America, Inc – Cincinnati, OH
  • Sarah Mongeau, Employment Counselor, Formétal – Montreal, Canada

Full description and sign up here!

2016 Indianapolis Gathering – Wednesday, September 14th – Friday, September 16th

View the day’s slide deck here.


Wednesday, September 14th: Welcome Reception: A Tour of Indy’s Fletcher Place Neighborhood

  • 5:30pm – Milktooth for cocktails and welcome remarks from our evening hosts, Tom and Ed Battista
  • 6:15pm –  Bluebeard for appetizers and more drinks, and learn more about the neighborhood
  • 7:30pm – Calvin Flether’s for housemade pastries and coffee

Thursday, September 15th: Gathering Day @ Circle City Industrial Complex

  • 9:00am – Registration Opens
  • 10:00am – Welcome Address
  • 10:30am – Equity Report Rollout + Group Discussion
  • 12:00pm – Networking Break + Get Lunch
  • 12:30pm – Indianapolis Manufacturing Community Rapid Share Session over Lunch
  • 1:15pm – Networking Break
  • 1:45pm – Communities of Practice Facilitated Group Discussions (Topics include Land Use Policy and Real Estate Development; Local Branding; and Workforce Development)
  • 3:15pm – Networking Break
  • 3:45pm – National Manufacturing Community Rapid Share Session
  • 4:30pm – Concluding remarks & feedback
  • 5:00pm – Happy Hour

Friday, September 16th: Tour Day @ Farm 360 + Horner Electric, Inc.

10am-12pm – Transportation included; Pick up from the Hampton Inn Downtown at 9:40am; Drop off at the City Market at 12pm.


We are thrilled to announce that we have selected a location for our next UMA Gathering. Mark your calendars! Our coalition of leaders in government, non-profits, academia, and manufacturing will be descending upon Indianapolis (Circle City Industrial Complex, to be precise) on September 15th.

On the heels of a dynamic series of Gatherings in Detroit, Los Angeles and New York, we have crafted an exciting program in Indianapolis, thanks to the on-the-ground work of our local host, Riley Area Development Corporation. We should add that there is quite a movement brewing in Indianapolis to support the city’s production-based economy, creating an exciting local backdrop for our collective learning. Get your tickets today!

We will kick things off on Wednesday evening with UMA’s Welcome Reception: A Tour of Indy’s Fletcher Place Neighborhood. The tour will include visits to three neighborhood establishments, with some on-site manufacturing and of course plenty of samples of locally-produced food. Thursday is where we roll up our sleeves at the Gathering. Our theme is Promoting Equity Through Urban Manufacturing, and we will unveil a toolkit in partnership with Pratt Center and PolicyLink, based on work with city officials in New York, San Jose, Portland, and our host city, Indianapolis. Finally, on Friday, we will tour local manufacturersFarm 360 and Horner Electric, before we head into the weekend.

You can view our whole agenda and get your tickets here. Please see our flyer below for additional information or reply with any questions.

UMA is building a network for those committed to urban manufacturing in their cities. Our Gatherings have seeded countless collaborations across cities, catalyzed the launch of new local brand platforms, and reinforced our members’ grassroots efforts to support their local community of manufacturers.

And even if you can’t attend our upcoming conference in Indianapolis, you can still support UMA’s work by purchasing an I Believe in You ticket. Your contribution is vital to building a vibrant movement that supports our makers and manufacturers in cities across the country.

A great big thank you to our on-the-ground partner, Riley Area Development Corporation for hosting this event.

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