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Policy & Practice

Urban Manufacturing Alliance
SFMade is a charter member of the Urban Manufacturing Alliance, a network of similar organizations in other major US cities dedicated to the development of urban manufacturing. The UMA creates a platform for cities to exchange best practices about key areas including land use planning; regional supply chains; and workforce development. Members of the UMA gather annually for a Convening and participate in Affinity Groups to advance ideas about supporting urban manufacturing. For more information, contact [email protected] or visit the facebook page.

The Bay Area Urban Manufacturing Initiative
Launched in May of 2016, the Bay Area Urban Manufacturing Initiative is a three-year, multicity public-private partnership to catalyze a powerful and interconnected regional manufacturing ecosystem. In 2017, the Initiative will expand across the region from its four inaugural cities (San Jose, San Francisco, Oakland, and Fremont) to include more city partners, leveraging the Bay Area’s interwoven economies and communities to grow manufacturing jobs and pathways to economic inclusion. Learn more about the Initiative at http://bayareamfg.org/.

The inaugural Bay Area State of Urban Manufacturing report is the culmination of the first coordinated regional effort to directly survey urban manufacturers on the topics of workforce, business practices, supply chain connections, real estate challenges, and most importantly, to uncover the opportunities for Bay Area cities to collaborate and grow. Download the 2016 Bay Area State of Urban Manufacturing report here.

State of Local Manufacturing
The State of Local Manufacturing is SFMade’s longest running policy output, released annually in November. Currently released in conjunction with the Bay Area State of Urban Manufacturing report at the Bay Area Urban Manufacturing Summit, the report reveals the results of our annual survey of San Francisco manufacturers and shares the sector’s impact, trends, opportunities and challenges. Download the 2016 San Francisco supplement to the Bay Area State of Urban Manufacturing report here.

PlaceMade is San Francisco’s first and only non-profit affordable industrial real estate developer. Founded in 2013 in partnership with the City of San Francisco by sister non-profit SFMade, PlaceMade collaborates with the public and private sectors to design, build, renovate, and rent modern, affordable industrial space for manufacturers and other related industrial users in the City.