Recast City’s Program Helps Communities Revitalize Their Downtowns Through Small-Scale Manufacturing

Euclid, Ohio, population 49,500, has seen better days. Once home to a thriving manufacturing-based economy, the fortunes of the rust belt city, located near Cleveland, have waned since the 1970’s. The city’s downtown is filled with vacant or underutilized storefronts.

But last year, Kirsten Holzheimer-Gail, Euclid’s mayor, took a decisive step to revitalize the community. That’s when she and two colleagues joined Recast City’s 12-month-long program for struggling communities trying to place small-scale manufacturers in downtown storefronts, the better to boost the local economy. “We want to reinvigorate the area and build back an entrepreneurial spirit,” she says.

Along with three other communities, Gail learned how to identify

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