In 2021, the City of Napa was awarded a federal grant from the Chamber of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) to advance the City’s local manufacturing and creative sectors. Engaging two nonprofit consultants and developers, Artspace and PlaceMade, the EDA grant allowed for “The City of Napa’s Creative Space and Local Manufacturing Action Plan” report (“Action Plan”). From March to November 2021, the aim was to develop an Action Plan to make Napa a place where the manufacturing, maker, and creative sectors and their workforce can thrive. This initiative was initially named “Make It In Napa” and renamed Napa Makes in September 2022.
The report culminated in eight suggested action items, which covered communication & connectivity; City policies & support; creation of more maker live/work spaces; and longevity tactics. The Economic Development Department is hard at work carrying forward these action items. To be added to a monthly email update on our progress, email Jennifer Owen, Economic Development Coordinator at [email protected].