The UMA encourages member cities to collaborate to grow the strength of their respective regions by implementing best practices. Current UMA regional initiatives in progress include:
Equitable Innovation Economies Initiative
The Equitable Innovation Economies Initiative (EIE), a three year initiative launched by the Urban Manufacturing Alliance (UMA) under the leadership of Pratt Center for Community Development and PolicyLink, will help cities leverage growth in their high tech and innovation economies to create more inclusive economic opportunities for low-income and underserved communities. In the first year, four cities (New York City, NY, Indianapolis, IN. Portland, OR. and San Jose, CA.) are participating in a pilot working group that will together define equity objectives, develop programming and create a set of equity indicators to track impact moving forward. The research, lessons learned and work products developed through this community of practice model will be widely disseminated and the group of cities will be expanded to assist additional cities throughout the United States to support their efforts to build a more equitable economic growth model. Read more here.
San Francisco Bay Area Initiative
The cities of San Francisco and Oakland are working on projects to develop better linkages and a directory of garment manufacturers across the two cities.
New York City Regional Initiative
The Pratt Center is developing a consumer-facing Made in NYC website and program, due to be launched in 2013.
Chicago Regional Initiative
The Illinois Manufacturing Extension Partnership (IMEP) is developing a Chicago-Design-Make program to better connect local designers with the city’s existing contract manufacturing base.