Va DHCD's Community Revitalization Office 

Small Scale Manufacturing on Main Street: Opportunities for Economic Growth and Diversification
December 4, 2019
Noon-1 p.m.

Presented by:

Matt Wagner, Vice President of Revitalization Programs, National Main Street Center, Inc.


Small-scale manufacturing has emerged as a powerful way to tie opportunity to place, and can fill a key missing piece in today’s local downtown and community development efforts. Data suggests that this form of manufacturing is rapidly growing along Main Streets across the country, expanding and diversifying the employment and retail opportunities found in our districts.  The causes are two-fold:  Technologies like 3-D printing, high speed sewing equipment and food processors at scale are shrinking the building needs and cost of entry into traditional manufacturing.  This is combined with rapidly changing consumer preferences that are tired of homogeneous products that you can essentially be purchased anywhere.  Today’s consumers are looking for products with a story, local and appeals to their unique individualism. As a result, from micro brewers to apparel and bike manufacturers, many more people are beginning to blend retail, manufacturing and wholesaling opportunities at a much smaller scale, leading to growing tourism, diversified employment, and well-paid job opportunities for local communities.



12/04/2019 12:00PM - 12/04/2019 1:00PM Webinar *, *, VA 00000
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