Made On Main Street Workshop

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Grants Pass "Made on Main Street" Workshop: 

A Workshop about 'Main Street' Revitalization with Small-Scale Manufacturing

Report and Recommendations

In October 2015 the City of Grants Pass hosted the 'Made on Main Street' Workshop, a workshop about 'Main Street' revitalization with small-scale manufacturing and production businesses. It included a series of meetings with small businesses, community partners, property owners, and economic development organizations followed by a public presentation and discussion.

The report and recommendations are now available here. This information was presented to the City Council at their January 11, 2016 work session. 

The Video of the October 2015 presentation and PowerPoint presentation are available here:
        Video of the October 30, 2015 Public Workshop Presentation

         PowerPoint Presentation from the October 30, 2015 Public Workshop

We would like to thank everyone who made the workshop possible, those who helped spread the word and everyone who participated. Additional background information from the workshop and further reading are provided below.

For additional information, contact Tom Schauer at 541-450-6072 or
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Background Information

We have such amazing citizens, businesses, and community partners. Thank you all for helping make the workshop such a success!

Thank You:
• To everyone who attended the workshop and participated in the discussion!
• To all of the businesses, property owners, and organizations who met with us!
• To everyone who helped make the workshop possible and helped spread the word!
• To Ilana Preuss for leading an inspiring and thoughtful workshop, and supporting our local businesses!

It was a great week of meetings with businesses, property owners, and community partners, culminating in the public workshop on Thursday, October 30. Download flyer 
 The workshop kicked off with a presentation followed by a discussion with attendees, providing an opportunity to:
  • Learn about the 'Maker Movement': small-scale, low-impact manufacturers ('craft manufacturing,' 'maker industries,' or 'makers')
  • Hear about the national context and case studies of 'makers' and 'maker-spaces'
  • Join the discussion about the potential benefits and challenges of locating craft manufacturers with retail storefronts and 'maker spaces' in a walkable, mixed-use downtown context
  • Share information to help us understand the needs of this business sector and whether local maker industries would benefit from specific support or community building initiatives
  • Help identify short-term and long-term steps to promote and support local maker industries
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We were pleased to welcome Ilana Preuss, Founder of Recast City LLC, to Grants Pass for this workshop!
Other Community Workshops:
Our community partners in Talent, Phoenix, and Gold Hill also held similar public workshops scheduled during the same week. Please contact those cities for details about their workshops.

Talent, OR: Monday, October 26, 2015 @ 5:30 pm, Talent Town Hall (Download flyer)
Phoenix, OR: Tuesday, October 27, 2015 @ 10:00 am, Phoenix Library (Download flyer)
Gold Hill, OR: Tuesday, October 27, 2015 @ 6:00 pm, Gold Hill City Hall (Download flyer)