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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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Routes for Makers (& Others) into Good Paying Work: Do Programming Bootcamps Work?

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Guest Post by Ammon Bartram, Co Founder of Triplebyte [Editorial changes to the original post are in italics]   Programming bootcamps seem to make an impossible claim. Instead of spending four years in university, they say, you can learn how to be a software engineer in a three-month program. On the face of it, this sounds more like an ad for Trump University than a plausible educational model. But this…

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What Should Cities Make?

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By Amanda Kolson Hurley for CityLab When President Donald Trump announced his Manufacturing Jobs Initiative last month, he was moving forward on a promise he made over and over during his campaign: to make America great at making stuff again. “America became the world’s dominant economy by becoming the world’s dominant producer,” the then-candidate said during a campaign stop in Monessen, Pennsylvania, in June 2016. Lambasting globalization and trade pacts as “economic surrender,” he…

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Policy Brief from Making to Manufacturing | A New Model for Economic Development in Cities and Towns

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By Pratt Center for Community Development Urban manufacturing is being reborn in the United States. New small-batch producers are creating well-paying jobs in many cities that were once abandoned by more traditional manufacturers. Greater access to production technologies is making it possible for designers and entrepreneurs to innovate and create jobs by producing small runs, testing markets, refining designs and then launching new businesses. “Making,” “producing” and “manufacturing” are becoming…

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Five ways the Maker Movement can help catalyze a manufacturing renaissance

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By Mark Muro and Peter Hirshberg Amid the hoopla of celebrating a deal to save 800 jobs at a Carrier Corp. factory in Indiana last month, President-elect Donald Trump promised to usher in a “new industrial revolution“—one that sounded as much like a social awakening as a manufacturing one. And maybe those gestures will help. However, there is another way to think about touching off an industrial revival in America…

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Software eats manufacturing (and manufacturing gains)

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States and metropolitan areas need to focus. Ultimately, many in the group agreed that states and localities have key roles to play if U.S. metropolitan areas are going to monetize the digitization of manufacturing. With federal processes gridlocked, multiple workshop attendees agreed with City Innovate Foundation Board Chairman Peter Hirshberg that linking software and hardware and start-up and industry communities is “a distributed problem” that will be worked out city…

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