Urban Manufacturing Alliance Launched to Boost Urban Manufacturing and Job Creation Across U.S.

  Urban Manufacturing Alliance Launched to Boost Urban Manufacturing and Job
  Creation Across U.S.

  Citi-funded Coalition of nonprofit economic development organizations and
                 municipal agencies gathered in New York City

Business Wire

NEW YORK -- November 19, 2012

A new Urban Manufacturing Alliance (UMA) has been launched to accelerate the
growth of urban manufacturing across the U.S. and to capitalize on the
sector’s ability to create stable, high-quality jobs.

The UMA is anchored by the Pratt Center for Community Development in New York
and SFMade in San Francisco. It will include manufacturing job creation
efforts in 16 cities. Funding for the UMA was provided by a $300,000
contribution from Citi Community Development.

Exchanging ideas on how urban manufacturing can reduce chronic unemployment
and regain its foothold in dense urban areas are key goals of the new
alliance. Members will also share best practices and address common
challenges.

SFMade membership has swelled to more than 400 companies who are all
headquartered in and producing their products in San Francisco. This vibrant
sector now employs more than 3,000 low-to-moderate income individuals. In New
York, the Pratt Center for Community Development has 850 member companies,
which together employ more than 8,000 low-to moderate income individuals.

“This alliance reflects our recognition of the excellent potential in urban
centers to expand economic opportunity and job growth at a large scale,” said
Vicki Joseph, of Citi Community Development. “Many American manufacturers are
small businesses, which we know are primary job creators, and reports indicate
that as many as a third of the nation’s small manufacturers are located in the
ten largest cities.”

The new alliance was launched during a two-day gathering that began at the New
York City Economic Development Corporation and ended with a tour of the
Brooklyn Navy Yard to observe a best-in-class national model for nonprofit
industrial development which now generates $2 billion yearly in direct and
indirect economic impact.

Kate Sofis, Executive Director of SFMade, said manufacturing in San Francisco
was growing dramatically. The sector added more than 12.5% net new jobs in
2012 as compared with 10.5% in 2011.

“We are excited to continue this momentum and to bring this energy to other
cities and to learn from them as well, said Sofis. “Our success has been due
in large part to the tremendous partnership we have with the City – from the
elected leadership to key departments - which fully embraces the drive for
innovative, cross-sector solutions to increase manufacturing capacity.”

The UMA will build on the successes and expertise of SFMade and the Pratt
Center as it implements focused regional initiatives in Chicago, Oakland and
New York City and integrates the work of groups in a dozen additional cities
ranging from Detroit and Philadelphia to Allentown and Atlanta. UMA members
will focus on common challenges, ranging from branding to supply chain
linkages, and will create a forum for policy development and advocacy. The
Alliance will accelerate the efforts of local groups through the development
of toolkits for local manufacturing support organizations, the creation of an
online community and the convening of bi-monthly meetings. In addition, a
national policy brief for the urban manufacturing sector will be published.

“Revitalizing our manufacturing sector is at the center of our nation’s
economic policy,” said Adam Friedman, Director of the Pratt Center for
Community Development. ”Manufacturing is heavily concentrated in urban areas.
The policy conversation about the role of manufacturing in our economy must
address the particular needs of urban manufacturers in order to create jobs
for a diverse workforce.”

About SFMade

Founded in 2010, SFMade is a non-profit organization uniquely focused on
building San Francisco’s economic base by developing the local urban
manufacturing sector. SFMade’s programs – spanning industry-specific
education, business advising, industrial real estate assistance, hiring
assistance and youth apprenticeships, and a nationally recognized local brand
platform - currently support more than 400 local manufacturers who
collectively sustain more than 3000 jobs for diverse residents of San
Francisco. For more information, visit www.sfmade.org

About the Pratt Center for Community Development

ThePratt Centeris the oldest university-based advocacy planning and
technical assistance organization in the United States. Located inBrooklyn,
NYand part ofPratt Institute, Pratt Center leverages professional skills and
practical experience in the areas of community organizing, policy advocacy,
planning and technical assistance to support community-based organizations in
their efforts to improve neighborhood quality of life and to create replicable
models for equitable, sustainable community development. For more information,
visit www.prattcenter.net

About Citi Community Development

Citi Community Development (CCD) is leading Citi’s commitment to achieve
economic empowerment and growth for underserved individuals, families and
communities by expanding access to financial products and services, and
building sustainable business solutions and innovative partnerships. Our focus
areas include: commercial and philanthropic funding; innovative financial
products and services; and collaborations with institutions that expand access
to financial products and services for low-income and underserved communities.
For more information, visit www.citicommunitydevelopment.com.

Contact:

SF Made:
Kate Sofis, 415-987-7004
kate@sfmade.org
or
Pratt Center for Community Development:
Adam Friedman, 718-637-8640
afriedman@prattcenter.net
or
Citi:
David Roskin, 212-559-4767
david.roskin@citi.com
 
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