A team of experts from Smart Growth America, Recast City, and the Economic Development Administration spent three days here in Columbia touring small manufacturing sites, holding roundtables with makers, and hosting a Makers Town Hall that had more than 150 Columbians in attendance. They loved our city and were amazed at the level of support for local manufacturing and for The Loop.
Armed with this information, they will create an action plan that will leverage our existing makers as a way to revitalize the Business Loop and provide more economic opportunity for future business owners and a skilled workforce.
In the meantime, we met some exciting local manufacturers, producers, and makers that we’d love to have on The Loop! As space on the Business Loop becomes available, we want to match the vacancy to the needs of small manufacturers as quickly as possible. That’s why we’re asking anyone interested in opening a small manufacturing business on The Loop–or moving or expanding a current business–to fill out our Space Needs survey.
All the information will remain confidential and it’s the best way to get on our radar. So take a few minutes and let us know what your space needs are at: www.comomakes.com/space-needs.