Bring Back Main Street with Small-Scale Manufacturing: The Who, the Why, and the How

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September 1, 2020

Too many places are stuck in a default model of economic development strategies left over from the 80’s. People and places are being left behind. It doesn’t have to be that way. Join this training to learn about how we can flip the model on economic development and do it in a better way. One that invests in people and places. One that focus on action now and not just long-term plans. This training will show you how to build a strong and resilient economy through concrete steps to include all types of talent in your entrepreneurship efforts, why (and how) to focus on small-scale manufacturing businesses as a catalyst, and how new real estate models for main street (and downtown) can be essential to your success.

Ilana Preuss is the Founder & CEO of Recast City, author of forthcoming book, Recast Your City, and co-author of Discovering Your Maker Economy and Made in PLACE: Small-scale manufacturing & neighborhood revitalization. Through Recast City, she partners with local leaders to bring main street back to life, bring business back to downtown, and build an inclusive and resilient economy. She is passionate about making great places and sees that small-scale product businesses are a missing piece in today’s mixed-use development, commercial property repositioning, and local economic development strategy. Preuss’ passion for great places grew out of her experience working with big and small cities all over the country when she led the technical assistance program at the U.S. EPA Smart Growth Program, and as the Vice President & Chief of Staff at Smart Growth America.

This webinar is available for 1 CNU-A continuing education credit if viewed live or recorded. By registering for this event you also agree to sign up for the Recast City list.

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