Support the UMA

UMA is a coalition of 350 members across over 100 cities working towards sustaining and growing manufacturing in cities. Our members include those working to advance urban manufacturing: workforce and economic development non-profits; government agencies, elected officials and policymakers; educators and students; and makers and established manufacturers.

Your individual tax-deductible contribution will empower our members who are fighting each day to support and grow high-quality manufacturing jobs in cities all across the nation.


Become a Founding Sponsor

Why Support the Urban Manufacturing Alliance

UMA is a coalition of 350 members across 100 cities who are sustaining and growing manufacturing in urban centers. Through conferences, original research, policy development, and our newly launched Communities of Practice, UMA is working to ensure that cities continue to be places where we make things.  

Manufacturing matters, and it matters deeply to the health and vitality of cities. A strong urban manufacturing base supports innovation, sustains living-wage jobs which provide a crucial pathway to the middle class, promotes workforce inclusion, and increasingly advances environmental sustainability.

UMA is supporting manufacturing in cities across the country by:

  • Fostering best-practice exchanges among our members to improve, replicate, and disseminate economic development tools, from workforce development to zoning;
  • Providing a national voice on the urban manufacturing renaissance through reports, toolkits, webinars, and a platform for the work of our members; and
  • Building a movement that promotes UMA’s shared values around sustainable and equitable economic development that encourages small- and mid-sized manufacturers in urban areas, and the living-wage jobs they support

Founding Sponsor Opportunity

UMA is entering a period of significant expansion. A coalition that began in 2011 by Pratt Center for Community Development and SFMade, UMA has hosted three national conferences and three regional gatherings; led local brand launches in New York, San Francisco, and Chicago; and authored reports and toolkits on issues ranging from local branding to industrial incentive programs. To mark UMA’s newly designated 501(C)(3) status, we are now identifying Founding Sponsors that will help us expand our reach in cities across the U.S. and deepen our partnerships with our members. By joining our coalition as a Founding Sponsor before June 30th, 2016, you will receive:

Sponsorship Recognition

    • Prominent logo position on our website, including the “Funders” and “Events” pages, as well as in our email communications regarding our events
    • Prominent logo position in our inaugural “State of Urban Manufacturing” (SUM) Report
    • Major social media recognition during our National Convening
    • Logo position on content produced by our Communities of Practice (CoP), including toolkits and reports

Press & News

    • Inclusion on press release announcing several organizational milestones including Founding Partner Campaign, UMA’s 501(c)(3) designation, hiring of our Founding Executive Director, and launch of our CoP program
    • Opportunity to collaborate on media content released to various news publications

Speaking Opportunities

    • Opportunity to share your organization’s story with our membership via our webinar series, “Stories from the Center: The Renaissance of Urban Manufacturing”

Event Attendance

    • Two tickets to our next Annual Convening, with an opportunity to distribute relevant materials
    • Three tickets to one 2016 Gathering of your choice, with an opportunity to distribute relevant materials