Nest is committed to both reaching and discovering new makers in cities and locales across the country in order to co-create tailored programming that meets the needs of specific communities. Our community-driven process invests in local leadership who map both of the maker population as well as the business resources and market access opportunities available to them. Upon gaining a comprehensive understanding of maker communities’ unique opportunities and challenges, our local leaders engage a range of local stakeholders—from government officials to local retailers to makers themselves—to deliver robust and targeted solutions grounded in maker voice.
Since its launch in Birmingham in 2019, Makers United has expanded into 6 other cities/territories, including Austin, San Antonio, Detroit, St. Louis, Puerto Rico and New York City’s Garment District as well as nationally with 815 makers in 35 states.
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