There is no single manual for making a city economically vibrant and innovative; it turns out cities are experimenting with programs and initiatives and sharing lessons with each other.
In this Forbes.com blog post, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer and Dane Stangler, who leads the Kauffman Foundation's Research and Policy program, highlight key themes that arose out of the 2014 Mayors Conference on Entrepreneurship that focused on the maker movement.
Read an excerpt below.
From Three Strategies to Make an Entrepreneurial City
Urban vibrancy doesn't only happen through grand projects or planned spaces. It happens through moments like one we recently witnessed on a vacant lot in downtown Louisville, KY. There, in the city's Bourbon District, food trucks served a crowd milling around the MakerMobile, a tinkering shop on wheels. Inside this trailer, a 3D printer hummed and lasers burned neat letters onto notebooks and bottle openers.
The mayors were in Louisville to attend the second annual Mayors Conference on Entrepreneurship, hosted jointly by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and my office. The conference brought together the two themes of the moment described above: entrepreneurship, and the growing "maker movement."
The purpose of the Mayors Conference is to gather city leaders and entrepreneurship experts together to discuss ways to promote startup activity and encourage higher levels of entrepreneurship in their cities. Three themes from this year's event provide direction for cities in search of strategies to spur growth, economic development and civic dynamism.
Read the entire article on Forbes.com.