The Maker Economy: The Growing Demand of Small Urban Manufacturers in Houston
Villegas, Carlos A.; Servidio, Chris; Yelvington, Allison
While Houston’s small urban manufacturing sector is clearly on the rise, policymakers, stakeholders, and even consumers recognize that there remains an overall lack of knowledge around the industry. Contributing to this is the fact that these small firms, most of whom employ fewer than 25 workers, operate under the radar in refurbished industrial spaces throughout Houston’s east side and other industrial neighborhoods. To address this knowledge gap and help facilitate a clear strategy for the sector’s future, the Kinder Institute for Urban Research at Rice University surveyed and collected data directly from 69 small urban manufacturers, artists, and makers operating in the Greater Houston Region. Findings from the survey were supplemented with one-on-one conversations with a selection of small manufacturers operating in neighborhoods directly adjacent to downtown.