Case Studies


What Works for Cities: Urban Manufacturing Alliance

Economic Development Manufacturing Urban Revitalization

This What Works for Cities case study examines the formation and recent efforts of the Urban Manufacturing Alliance (UMA), a network of economic and workforce development agencies, nonprofit organizations, government and elected officials, policymakers, educators, students, makers and established manufacturers. The UMA is committed to the shared goal of growing the manufacturing industry in our cities and creating pathways for all residents to benefit from the industry’s growth. Read More


What Works: How an Innovative Anchor Partnership is Transforming one Inner City Neighborhood in Columbus

This case study highlights how an anchor institution’s initial efforts around neighborhood revitalization had a snowball effect that ultimately leveraged hundreds of millions of dollars in private investment. The redevelopment and construction of new housing served as the linchpin to a broad-based community effort to stabilize one of Columbus, Ohio’s most distressed inner city communities. Read More

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