Made On Main Street Workshop
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:
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 Susan Seereiter at 541-450-6014 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The Workshop was brought to you by:
We have such amazing citizens, businesses, and community partners. Thank you all for helping make the workshop such a success!
- 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
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)
Find out More
Learn more about Makers and the Maker Movement by going to the links provided below.
The Maker Movement
- A Movement in the Making: The Emergence of the Maker Movement (Infographic), CustomMade, March 9, 2015
- Makers Meet Manufacturing, Industry Week, April 9, 2015
- Why the Maker Movement is Important to America’s Future, Time, May 19, 2014
- Big DIY: The Year the Maker Movement Broke,Wired, August 6, 2011
Organizations which Promote, Connect and Scale 'Locally Made' Movements
- Portland Made
- Made in Baltimore
- SFMade | PlaceMade
Makers and Maker-Spaces around the Country:
- ADX: Art Design Portland
- Mess Hall Food Community (A Culinary Incubator in Washington, DC)
- Artspace Loveland Model for Statewide Eco-Devo Initiative, The Denver Post, July 28, 2015