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May 2017

Highlights of the Urban Manufacturing Alliance Gathering in Somerville, MA

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The Urban Manufacturing Alliance (UMA) is one of our key strategic partners. The way we think of them is as the modern incarnation of a trade association.  Their membership consists of ~500 private and public sector players involved in urban manufacturing across about 150 cities and towns in the United States.  Today, most trade associations spend most of their time, money, and energy lobbying at the federal or state level. What…

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Detroit as a Maker City

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Where once large swathes of Detroit stood vacant and decaying, today this Maker City’s economy is so vibrant – and the influx of talent so great – that Motor City now faces a housing shortage. Last year, housing prices recorded spikes of 11%. In Downtown neighborhoods, it’s not uncommon to see $300,000 condos or the occasional $1 million loft. In 2011, the Live Midtown program was launched by the Henry Ford…

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U.S. News & World Report launches Maker City hub

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Our partner U.S. News and World report launches the Maker City hub: https://www.usnews.com/news/maker-cities We launched at a breakfast roundtable in two cities: New York (May 2, 2017) and San Francisco (May 23, 2017). Additionally, U.S. News issued a press release you can find here: https://www.usnews.com/info/blogs/press-room/articles/2017-05-23/us-news-showcases-maker-cities-at-national-stem-forum One of the Maker City Project’s core projects in 2017 involves working with U.S. News and World Report (151 Million uniques per month) to create…

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Maker Town Hall Microgrants

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We are excited to have worked with the Nation of Makers to pull together this program, which provides microgrants of $500-1000 to Maker advocates. The objective of the program – which is supported by funding NOM received from Cognizant – is to encourage local Maker advocates to pull together the people and organizations that make up the local ecosystem around Making into a Town Hall.  The overarching goal is to…

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Pittsburgh: A Role Model for Resurgence

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High above the Pittsburgh skyline, the gleaming 64-story skyscraper once known as US Steel Tower today bears very different insignia. In bold white capitals, some 250 metres above street level, the initials UPMC – University of Pittsburgh Medical Centre – testify to the seismic economic shift that’s fast changing Pittsburgh’s fortunes. Following the collapse of the steel industry in the 1990s, the city in which Hillman, Heinz and Carnegie made…

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