Economic Development

Example: Handmade in America, Asheville, NC

Based in the Blue Ridge Mountains, HandMade in America was founded in 1993 with a belief that economic revitalization wasn’t necessarily tied to luring “modern” industry to the region but in making known the hidden heritage and craftspeople that are so vitally a part of Western North Carolina. Today, HandMade is a nationally recognized, multidimensional institution that has sparked initiatives and creative collaborations in education, small town revitalization and community development, economic development, environmentally sustainable strategies and enhanced opportunities for makers of the handmade object, heritage tourism, and incorporating crafts into building design and furnishing.

Handmade in America also serves as a support system for craftspeople and the craft industry.

Glass Pieces at EnergyXChange from HIA Website

Glass Pieces at EnergyXChange from HIA Website

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