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Oregon’s maker movement owes plenty to Portland’s status as a mecca of manufacturing and a long lucrative tradition of making stuff — rail cars, ships, machine tools. Affordable warehouse also helped fuel the makerboom.
But who are makers? Is today’s maker movement any different than when the first Schnitzers, and others like them, arrived in Portland to earn their livings as metal benders, rag pickers and wood workers? How will the loss of warehouse space in the Central Eastside impact the maker movement? How can makers and manufacturers work together to grow the business of making things?
Join owners of micro businesses, manufacturing experts and policy makers to talkabout the challenges and opportunities facing Portland’s burgeoning maker economy.