SPUR Lunchtime Forum: Artisan manufacturing in San Francisco

"A new set of nimble, next-generation manufacturers who compete on design, high quality and small batch production has emerged in San Francisco in the last decade. Do these “artisan” manufacturers represent the future of a viable manufacturing sector for San Francisco? Join Rickshaw Bags founder Mark Dwight, development advisor Michael Yarne from the Mayor’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development, and Recchiuti Chocolate founder Michael Recchiuti as we discuss the needs of the local artisan-manufacturing sector, and debate the land use policy implications. Moderated by Kate Sofis, Executive Director of SF Made, a new local trade association designed to support the future of local artisan manufacturing."


Artisans and the economy

From SPUR: To celebrate the first annual “Made in San Francisco Week,” join us for an exploration of the role artisan manufacturing plays in San Francisco’s local economy and as a path to self-sufficiency for craftspeople. We will visit Tech Shop, a newly opened membership-based workshop offering access to tools, equipment and instruction; Bonton, one […]

SPUR Walking Tour: Dogpatch manufacturing tour

"The Dogpatch neighborhood of San Francisco played a crucial role in the city’s industrial and shipbuilding past. But did you know that the Dogpatch is also home to many of San Francisco’s current (and future) artisan manufacturers? Join us for a walking tour led by Kate Sofis of SFMade.org, as we explore local companies making […]

Supporting San Francisco’s hand-made economy

From SPUR: Some of San Francisco’s most beloved small businesses are artisan manufacturers. Yet some city policies make it more difficult for these small businesses to stay in San Francisco. What should we be doing to encourage artisan manufacturing inside the city limits? Come hear insights on this topic from Kate Sofis of SFMade, Christina Olagueof the […]

SPUR Lunchtime Forum: Community Benefits Districts in SF

"Recently, some urban Community Benefits Districts have been using a new broad-based development approach to bolster the economy. What do these CBDs do, and how do they relate to the City’s centralized economic development infrastructure? With representatives from San Francisco’s Tourism Improvement District, the proposed Production Artisan and Creative Enterprises CBD and the San Francisco […]