The JC Maker Community

2015-05-12_11-04-28Have you heard about Makerhoods and Jersey City Makers? JC FYI hadn’t either but we were interested in learning more so we check out the websites of each to see what the JC connection is.

Makerhoods© is an urban planning and economic development strategy that seeks to unleash micro-entrepreneurs to strengthen communities through natural and affordable live/work accommodations.

They are interested in developing affordable places where makers can live and work that encourage new businesses to flourish. Makerhoods© is an urban planning and economic development strategy that unleashes micro-entrepreneurs to strengthen communities through affordable live/work accommodations. Classic living above the shop settings provide street-level commercial workshops and apartment living for Shopkeepers, “Makers” and Creatives in compact walkable urban neighborhoods.

The Makerhoods© concept is rooted in the fact that well over half the businesses in the US today are home based business and that such employment will likely grow in the future. To harness and amplify this trend, the built environment must be developed to offer spatial work and housing options in a way that is sustainable ecologically and economically.

The organization was co-founded by Evette and Avi Telyas. Evette is a graduate of Pratt Institute and a Jewelry Maker. She recruits makers and works with them to make sure their businesses are viable. Avi is a lifelong entrepreneur and a graduate of Harvard Business School. He has a passion for ways to combine architecture, urban design, and small business.

Jersey City Makers is a meetup group for any and all makers in the Jersey City area. Do you make ceramics, jewelry, music, sculptures, food, paintings or anything else imaginable? Join in, share your story, and  create a unique Jersey City makerspace community.

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