Ilana Preuss | An Island Press Author

Ilana Preuss

Ilana is the Founder & CEO of Recast City. She is the co-author of Discovering Your Maker Economy and Made in PLACE: Small-scale manufacturing & neighborhood revitalization, and a chapter author for Creative Placemaking and Sustainable Nation. She is a TEDx speaker on, “The Economic Power of Great Places,” and a featured keynote speaker.
 
Preuss’ passion for great places grew out of her experience working with big and small cities all over the country when she led the technical assistance program at the U.S. EPA Smart Growth Program, and as the Vice President & Chief of Staff at Smart Growth America. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Urban and Regional Studies from Cornell University and a Masters of City Planning from the University of Maryland.
 
When Preuss is not working with a city or coaching a community leader, she can be found cooking up a storm with her two amazing teens. She lives in Maryland, always hunts down the local chocolate production business when onsite for a project, and still sings along to all 80’s music with her husband and two kids.
 
 

Recast Your City: How to Save Your Downtown with Small-Scale Manufacturing

A Smart Growth Network Webinar

Many cities and towns have used a model of economic development that relies on recruiting large companies, a single industry or other narrow fixes to create jobs and stimulate development. Recently, another model based on investing in place and...

Many cities and towns have used a model of economic development that relies on recruiting large companies, a single industry or other narrow fixes to create jobs and stimulate development. Recently, another model based on investing in place and supporting small-scale, local operations has emerged and is creating success across the country.

Ilana Preuss, Founder of Recast City LLC, joined the Maryland Department of Planning and the Smart Growth Network to demonstrate how communities can build strong local businesses through small-scale manufacturing, reinvesting in their downtowns, and creating inclusive economic opportunities. She shared tools that local leaders in government, business and real estate, as well as entrepreneurs and advocates in every community, can use.