Urban Manufacturing Alliance – Sierra and Hacker Lab Partnership included as a Successful Strategy

The Urban Manufacturing Alliance is an amazing organization – worth joining and participating at events and webinars.  UMA and the National League of Cities just released a new online publication, “Discovering Your City’s Maker Economy” https://www.urbanmfg.org/project/discovering-your-citys-maker-economy/ as a guide for building strong local economies through creative micro-business development and small-scale manufacturing.  Sierra College’s partnership with Hacker Lab was featured as a best practice model, along with other initiatives in Boston, San Jose, Detroit, and Portland!

The guide lists four points for supporting local maker businesses and manufacturers:

  1. Create a supportive business environment for makers and manufacturers
  2.  Drive demand for locally made and manufactured products
  3.  Provide access to affordable and safe production spaces for makers and manufacturers
  4.  Advocate for state policies that support makers and micro-businesses 


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