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Guest Post: Urban Manufacturing Alliance

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LISC and the Urban Manufacturing Alliance are partnering to support and spark idea-sharing among local makers and manufacturers. This article is from our colleague at UMA, Johnny Magdaleno.


After the Urban Manufacturing Alliance brought city leaders and manufacturers to Indianapolis for workshops and TED-style talks on supporting local manufacturers last year, a group of industrial business directors got back in the car to drive home to Milwaukee, buzzing with fresh ideas.

On that drive, they decided that when they got home, they were going to tour all of Milwaukee’s industrial districts, with an eye toward how they could take industrial spaces and turn them into affordable hubs for local entrepreneurs looking for a place to produce. “Without the impetus for gathering together and making the time for it, that level of collaboration might not have happened between those community organizations,” said Katy Stanton, Program Director at UMA.

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Free Rides on Fairmount Line

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The Fairmount commuter rail line will be FREE from Monday, May 8 through Friday, May 21. Read about it in the Boston Globe and the Dorchester Reporter.

   

Building Bridges to 21st-century Careers

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Yohannes Kassaye is a client of JVS (Jewish Vocational Services) in Boston, whose Bridges to College and Careers Pathways program helps topple barriers to employment for low- and moderate-income residents. This free 23-week college prep program segues into a professional curriculum at community colleges that prepares people to work in growth industries short on talent. LISC committed $675,000 through the Social Innovation Fund for the JVS Bridges initiative. Kassaye, a native of Ethiopia, describes how the program helped him realize a dream of working in science and health—and how doors keep on opening. Read his story.

   

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