Small-Scale Manufacturing Building the Foundations for Economic Resiliency

One of our partners, Smart Growth America, recently published an article on the successes of redeveloping old industrial sites into smaller pockets of light manufacturing. These spaces are occupied by small-batch manufacturers and are demonstrative of a larger market shift back to manufacturing as the demand for locally-made goods increases and manufacturing technology becomes cheaper. Re-Industrializing in such a way can provide the economic benefit of high-value jobs, which induce increased economic activity and growth in the city and region. Sites like the Greenpoint Manufacturing and Design Center and Pier 70, both detailed in the article, show the social and economic benefits that can be gained by Re-Industrialization. It is now up to cities who desire to reap these benefits of such developments to zone for mixed-use industrial and encourage business growth to ensure a resilient local economy.

The article is available here.