Maker City® works with cities and towns and the private sector to create new forms of civic innovation, economic development, and ultimately transformation. Headed up by Peter Hirshberg and Marcia Kadanoff, the firm acts as a catalyst to public-private partnerships, builds thought leadership for companies interested in providing local leadership, and helps drive more intelligent investment strategies.

Clients include: McClatchy Company, the largest local newspaper franchise in the U.S., building data infrastructure to accelerate the switch to renewable energy, and with and an Opportunity Zone Fund still in stealth mode as it raises $250M. Previously, we worked with and advised Transloc on how to grow their on-demand mobility business, which resulted in the sale of the company to Ford Motors.

In 2016, we wrote the book on the Maker City in conjunction with the Obama White House and its Office of Science and Technology Policy. The book – entitled Maker City: A Practical Guide to Reinventing American Cities – went on to become a bestseller in the entrepreneurship and urban & regional planning categories on Amazon.

By Peter Hirshberg, Dale Dougherty, Marcia Kadanoff
Generously funded by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

Peter Hirshberg

Co-Founder | Maker City Project

Peter has been speaking and lecturing about the Maker City since 2014.

marcia kadanoff

Marcia Kadanoff

Co-Founder | Maker City Project

Omeed Manocheri

Manager of Communications

Dale Dougherty

Founder & CEO | Maker Media

Dale coined the term “Maker City” sometime back in 2013/4 on a visit to Detroit.

Praise for our Work

Press & Partners

This is a wonderfully specific and useful book about one of the most promising economic and social trends in America. The positive prospects that Peter Hirschberg, Dale Dougherty, and Marcia Kadanoff lay out closely match what I have seen in cities across the country. And the spirit of resilient adaptability that they portray, including with practical steps on fostering it, will be an important part in the next stage of U.S. economic growth

James FallowsAtlantic

Maker City is a manifesto for productive change in America's cities. With sharp vignettes and instances from around the country, the book depicts a new groundswell of entrepreneurial and civic-minded energy that is bringing tech people and crafts people together to work--city by city--to create new partnerships to reinvigorate city-based industries.

Amy LiuVice President and Director, Metropolitan Policy Program, The Brookings Institution

Maker City shows with clarity and rich examples ways in which cities can harness the tremendous potential of the Maker movement and urban manufacturing to create a more resilient local economy and more vibrant city.

Kate SofisCo-Founder of the Urban Manufacturing Alliance

Maker City is a must read for anyone concerned with the economic future of their community, city, or nation. I believe that this is one of the most important urban planning books since Jane Jacobs The Death and Life of American Cities. It compels, no… demands that we all go to work on the future of our cities. The Maker City is an achievable vision. If you care about the future or want to help create it… read this book.

Mark HatchCo Founder, TechShop

Chock full of examples of how Maker Cities are getting cities right in ways that are clever, inspiring, highly replicable, and sustainable, not faddish.

Hugh MacworthFormer venture capitalist, tech executive, and father of a 16-year old Maker

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