Ilana Preuss

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Ilana Preuss is the founder of Recast City LLC with more than 20 years of experience in community development. She's an experienced speaker, see her TEDx presentation, “The Economic Power of Great Places." She serves on the board of directors for the national nonprofit, Incremental Development Alliance.
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The Value of Home-Based Businesses to Economic Recovery

The challenge of America’s economic recovery, in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, is to spread it to every community – and especially those that have been historically excluded. The key to meeting that challenge is to appreciate the civic and economic value of an overlooked resource: home-based businesses. There are about 16 million home-based...
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Small-Scale Manufacturing is the Secret Sauce to Revive Downtowns

Excerpt from Recast Your City: How to Save Your Downtown with Small-Scale Manufacturing by Ilana Preuss. Copyright © 2021 Ilana Preuss. Reproduced by permission of Island Press, Washington, D.C.   The Secret Sauce: Small-Scale Manufacturing Small-scale manufacturing businesses create a tangible product—in any material—that can be replicated or packaged; my catch all is “hot sauce,...