Small-Scale Manufacturing and Place-Based Economic Development Workshops

When small-scale manufacturing is stitched into a community fabric, it livens urban spaces and builds economic resilience through market diversity and high wage jobs. Providing space for these businesses within neighborhoods can foster entrepreneurs and home-grown industries, create well-paying jobs for people with a variety of education and skill levels, and bring vitality to main streets and neighborhood centers.

In partnership with the U.S. Economic Development Administration and Recast City, Smart Growth America is offering free technical assistance to community leaders interested in using small-scale manufacturing to help revitalize a downtown or neighborhood and create economic opportunity. Communities selected for this opportunity will receive a professionally facilitated two- to three-day workshop, followed by a customized action plan that identifies next steps and resources available for implementation.

Applications for this technical assistance were accepted until January 6, 2017 at 5 p.m. EST.  The winning communities were announced on February 7, 2017.

Any units or subdivisions of regional, local, or tribal government, as well as non-profits and non-governmental organizations such as community development corporations and community foundations, were eligible to apply. For more information about the program, the eligibility criteria, and the evaluation and selection process, access the PDF version of the application.

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