Monday, September 30, 2013


Each year, the UMA convenes member organizations from across the country for a two-day conference and collaboration session. This meeting enables manufacturing and economic development professionals from all over the U.S. to come together to share best practices, learn from each other’s efforts, innovate and amplify their voice in the national policy discussion. Exchanging ideas on how urban manufacturing can reduce chronic unemployment and regain its foothold in dense urban areas are key goals of the UMA. Through this annual collaboration, the participants seek to strengthen their local economies, create jobs and revitalize their cities.  This year the Convening is being held, here, in Oakland and is held on the same day as National Manufacturing Day.



Wednesday Evening – Convening Kick-Off Party & Manufacturing Day Celebration – (Crucible, Oakland).  This event is open to the public ($10 entrance fee)

Thursday – Sessions (Preservation Park, Oakland)

Thursday evening – Group Dinner (Lungomare, Oakland)

Friday morning – Sessions Continue (Oakland Asian Cultural Arts Center, Oakland)

Friday afternoon – Local Manufacturing Tour

Friday evening – Downtown Oakland’s Art Murmur/First Fridays

For more information, visit the website.


MFG DAY addresses common misperceptions about manufacturing by giving manufacturers an opportunity to open their doors and show, in a coordinated effort, what manufacturing is — and what it isn’t. By working together during and after MFG DAY, manufacturers will begin to address the skilled labor shortage they face, connect with future generations, take charge of the public image of manufacturing, and ensure the ongoing prosperity of the whole industry.

Supported by a group of industry sponsors and co-producers, MFG DAY is designed to amplify the voice of individual manufacturers and coordinate a collective chorus of manufacturers with common concerns and challenges. The rallying point for a growing mass movement, MFG DAY empowers manufacturers to come together to address their collective challenges so they can help their communities and future generations thrive.


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