Upcoming Events

UMA’s 2017 Fall Gathering – Seattle, WA

Together with our local host, Seattle Made, the Urban Manufacturing Alliance invites you to our Fall 2017 Gathering in Seattle. Our Gathering theme will be Localism as an Engine for Production Economies.

Localism creates a strong sense of place, fueling momentum around community partnerships. At UMA, we have found that the success of programs serving the manufacturing sector turn on partnerships at the local level. Those partnerships take many forms—everything from multi-stakeholder coalitions focused on industry revitalization and innovation, to maker spaces joining forces with faith-based institutions, and to high schools and community colleges partnering with area manufacturers to support local apprenticeships. And indeed, it is those kinds of creative partnerships that transform manufacturing growth into broader community development outcomes. Collectively, we will explore the lessons we can learn from one another based on the place-based manufacturing programs that we put into practice each day.

We hope you can join us!

Tickets available here for small non-profits, government agencies, students, small businesses, or those on a budget.*

Tickets available here for large non-profits, large businesses, philanthropies, or those who have the ability to give a little more.

*Please note that these rates are far lower than equivalent conferences; however, we view our Gatherings as the most effective way to build a movement around our work and connect partners. Knowing that, if you are able to help sustain our work through the larger ticket option, it will help us provide scholarship opportunities for those who would would otherwise not be able to attend. At our Somerville Gathering, 15% of attendees received a scholarship – in order to replicate that, we need your help. If you’re interested in receiving a scholarship, please email Katy at for more information.


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!

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!

Tuesday, June 6th: Making Maker Spaces Work for Young People: Lessons from Pittsburgh and Sacramento

Our speakers include:

  • Erin Oldynski, Senior Account Manager for TechShop – Pittsburgh, PA
  • Stephanie Hughes, Director of Educational Initiatives for Bible Center Church, Inc. – Pittsburgh, PA
  • Carol Pepper-Kittredge, Director of Center for Applied Competitive Technologies at Sierra College – Rocklin, CA
  • Gina Lujan, CEO & Co-Founder, and Eric Ullrich,Co-Founder, of Hacker Lab – Sacramento, CA

Full description and sign up here!

2017 Somerville Gathering – Wednesday, May 17th – Friday, May 19th

View the Somerville Gathering Slides and Report Out.

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

View the day’s slide deck here.