Columbia is home to makers, creators, and fabricators. People brew beer in their basements, roast coffee in their kitchens, or build furniture in their garages. Others work in textiles or bring garment construction to a new level with wearable electronics. School kids board the STEAM Bus to learn coding and engineering skills with a Raspberry Pi.
Small-scale manufacturing and small-batch production can bring innovation, creativity, and economic vitality to a long-neglected area like the Business Loop. So how can we identify and support these up-and-coming makers with expert mentoring, funding, and marketing assistance? And how can we help them break ground here on The Loop?
Columbia has done this before. We’ve created an arts district alive with local creativity. We have a proud group of local farmers who are expanding their space to meet community demand. Now let’s take this DIY approach to the makers of Columbia and see what we can build.