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Small-Scale Manufacturing Can Maximize the Potential of America's Small Cities

Artisans and small-scale manufacturers offer tremendous economic opportunities for cities prepared to harness that creative and entrepreneurial energy.

August 19, 2021 - Ilana Preuss

Local Crafts and Goods

An Overlooked Economic Powerhouse for Small Cities

Attracting a major employer or a tech company is not the only economic development strategy that deserves attention and investment.

May 27, 2021 - Next City

Factory Emissions

Carbon Emissions Down, but Not Drastically

Transportation activity is down considerably, but other sources of carbon dioxide are still going strong.

May 12, 2020 - Grist

Empty Street

The Regional Economic Impacts of the Coronavirus

The effects of a nationwide economic recession will likely hit hardest those regions with vulnerable sectors.

March 23, 2020 - The Avenue (Brookings)

Air Pollution

Charting the Climate Change Crisis

Analysis of global greenhouse gas emissions data points to the sectors, activities, and countries that are the biggest contributors.

February 23, 2020 - The City Fix

Electric Cars

Chuck Schumer Lays Out Ambitious Clean Vehicle Plan

The Senate Minority Leader's plan calls for federal grants to subsidize electric vehicle purchases, build out charging infrastructure, and retool automotive manufacturing.

November 8, 2019 - The New York Times

Goose Island Brewery Chicago

Zoning to Keep Manufacturing in Chicago

Planned manufacturing districts (PMDs) are a way to protect valuable land, but their effectiveness as an economic development strategy has been inconsistent.

November 7, 2019 - WBEZ

Williamsburg Brooklyn

Zoning to Protect Manufacturing in N.Y.C.

Development in industrial areas is pushing out manufacturers, but new zoning regulations could help control the incursion.

March 27, 2019 - Next City

Brooklyn Navy Yard

New Master Plan Envisions Brooklyn Navy Yard as Next-Gen Manufacturing Hub

Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation's master plan for the site is a $2.5 billion bet that high-tech manufacturers can be enticed back to New York, bringing with them the economic heft to transform the whole area.

October 6, 2018 - Curbed New York

Ford Motor Company

Ford Motor Company Touts Carbon Reductions

Ford hit a goal to reduce carbon emissions *from its manufacturing process* eight years ahead of schedule.

June 28, 2018 - Automotive News


Foxconn Bus Proposed in Milwaukee

A new plan proposes four round trips from Milwaukee and Racine to Foxconn's proposed Mount Pleasant plant.

March 13, 2018 - Milwaukee Journal Sentinal

Alstom Train

Breaking: Mega-Companies Expected to Merge to Stay Competitive in the Rail Industry

Alstom and Siemens are close to a merger in a move calculated to help the companies compete against the Chinese state-backed company CRRC.

September 26, 2017 - Reuters via CNBC

Kent Ave

The de Blasio Administration Stays Firm on Waterfront Rezonings

Despite its ambitious housing targets, the de Blasio Administration isn't willing to sacrifice more of its prime industrial spaces, and the jobs they bring, in the name of residential development.

November 15, 2016 - Crain's New York Business

Car Production Line

In Brooklyn's Navy Yard, a New Manufacturing Incubator

New Lab repurposes a gritty shipbuilding warehouse, giving manufacturing startups the support that software firms get from your typical incubator.

September 27, 2016 - Curbed

Elon Musk Gigafactory

Inside Tesla's $5 Billion, 5.8-Million-Square-Foot Gigafactory

The scale of Tesla's vision for the Gigafactory, already under construction in Storey County, Nevada, is unparalleled.

August 27, 2016 - Architizer


Op-Ed: Don't Ditch Those Industrial Land Uses

An op-ed describes the choice by many cities to prioritize residential projects in old industrial spaces as short-sighted and potentially unjust.

June 6, 2016 - Next City

Russian River Brewery

Craft Breweries Follow the Demographics

The spread of craft beer manufacturing around the United States has followed demographic patterns, along with friendly regulations.

December 31, 2015 - Quartz

Car Production Line

Designated Zones to Protect New York Manufacturing

Without designated industrial zones, New York manufacturing companies risk losing their facilities to the residential development market. The de Blasio administration has promised some zoning protections for industrial enclaves.

November 13, 2015 - Crain's Business New York

Three City Builders Name Los Angeles' Key Assets and Flaws

Capturing the complexities and competing forces at play in major metro areas stumps many writers who face the challenge.

July 2, 2015 - The Planning Report

Philadelphia Jewelers' Row

Luxury Condos Versus Philadelphia's Jewelers' Row

Downtown gentrification threatens to displace skilled artisans in a district where workshops go back five generations. Some of the jewelers own their premises, but the rewards for building pricey condos are tempting.

April 14, 2015 - Philadelphia Inquirer

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