Introduction

At the end of July, President Biden proclaimed the week of July 26th “Made in America Week,” saying, “To build our economy back better, we must have an industrial strategy based on public investment in new technologies, including the domestic production of clean energy goods, critical medical supplies, and the…


Introduction

Last month UMA released two big reports: our first federal policy agenda and our Industry & Inclusion 4.0 project report. Over the next few months we will be showcasing our individual I&I cohort members to give everyone an opportunity to learn more about their amazing work. We have created individual…


Happy Summer!

UMA is proud to release two major publications as we head into the summer: our first federal policy agenda and our Industry & Inclusion 4.0 Project report! These documents represent many, many hours of collaborative work that took place over the past fifteen months. We have worked with dozens of…


May is often identified as a month of transition, moving from one season to the next. This year, it feels even more acute as many of us are starting to open up from both the winter and COVID hibernation. With excitement around the potential to be in person again, we…


Equity, manufacturing as national priorities

On March 31, the Biden/Harris administration released The American Jobs Plan, part two of their three-part Build Back Better plan to “rescue, recover, and rebuild the country.” The American Jobs Plan identifies a six-part plan to support the repair and development of infrastructure and spur new innovation — highlighting manufacturing…


Happy Almost Spring!

Just over two months into 2021 and we’re thrilled to share some early-year partnerships with our community, supporting the great work happening across our network.

First, in 2020 UMA partnered with MaiiC in New York and Design Core Detroit to host two virtual Design Jams. Today we are releasing our…


Black History & Manufacturing

Black Americans and immigrants have a long and complex history with manufacturing. UMA Board Director Bernadine Hawes outlined this in a recent Industry & Inclusion webinar, where she talked about the role of enslaved Black labor in building the cotton, tobacco, and textile industries, and described how the great migration…


Happy New Year!

2021 is officially underway, and UMA stands committed to manufacturing as a racially-inclusive economic development strategy that lifts communities up; as a means to build a sense of place and pride; and as a way to create more equitable neighborhoods. …


About 10 women sit around the table for the weekly Monday night meeting at Rebel Nell, an employment social enterprise jewelry business located in Detroit that is a current REDF strategic grantee and an Accelerator alumni. The chatter dies down as the women turn to face Karen, one of the…


When Murl first started work, she was very quiet. She loved working with her hands as an Assembler before getting laid off, but she didn’t know how to sew, like many of the people who come to work at The Empowerment Plan. The Empowerment Plan teaches more than just sewing…

Urban Mfg Alliance

The Urban Manufacturing Alliance is a partnership of organizations working to sustain and grow local manufacturing in cities.

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