The Center for Urban and Regional Policy (CURP) is a “think and do tank” devoted to research and policy in the areas of housing, workforce development, local economic development, manufacturing, and transportation. Through its World Class Cities Partnership, the School is working with cities and universities throughout the world to better understand and meet the challenges faced by urban regions operating in a global economy. “After experiencing a sharp decline in employment, the remaining manufacturing sector has more than 8,600 firms, the large majority of which are now technologically sophisticated, plugged into strong supply chains with good customer relations, and looking forward to competing successfully for a large share of business in the region, the nation, the world. Even as employment has declined, manufacturing has increased its share of total state product. Manufacturing is actually a larger part of the Massachusetts economy today than it was a decade ago.”
Mass Made is a unique insight into how design can increase market share and productivity across a wide range of manufacturing industries. Manufacturing and design feed each other; this symbiosis not only brings revenue and innovation, but it also fills employment gaps in the long term with a skilled, creative, and problem-solving workforce.