Let’s talk about what’s really holding back your downtown (and your economy) from becoming the amazing place it can be.


Warning: This is not your grandfather’s economic development training!

We train up the entire team in 5 weeks to take on downtown redevelopment and rebuild the local economy with small-scale manufacturing in a new way. Learn to use Recast City tools and access hundreds of successfully implemented examples. Come out with a custom roadmap the team can implement on Day 1.


I love speaking to groups about the power of great places, the amazing benefits of small-scale manufacturing businesses, and the real estate that makes a downtown stand out. And all the tools to get there.

Let’s inspire people together.

If you would like to discuss your upcoming event, book a call and let’s chat!




"Our conference participants loved your in-depth workshop. The feedback we received from them was great - "Thank you - this was just what I was looking for - you left me wanting to act on this right away." "Ilana is an articulate, down to earth, practical, enthusiastic, encouraging and knowledgeable speaker." "Very enthusiastic. Great examples." "High energy/good content - engaged the audience to your conversation."“

Amy Jordan, Director of Education, Michigan Chapter, American Planning Association

”Ilana Preuss is an engaging, energetic speaker/educator/inspiration who was the keynote speaker for a workshop on small-scale manufacturing in Greensboro, NC. The best part of Ilana's talk is her passion. People see what is possible. I would recommend Ilana to speak at other events because her enthusiasm is infectious. Great speaker, great results.”

Sue Schwartz, Director of Planning, Greensboro, NC

“With her background in planning, smart growth, and economic development, Ilana is the ideal messenger to share the transformative potential of small scale manufacturing in communities large and small. Her message was inspiring, informative, and provided a foundation for our members to return home and explore new possibilities in their hometowns.”

Brett Schwartz, Associate Director, National Association of Development Organizations Research Foundation

Select Past Events:

National Association of Development Organizations, Annual Training Conference 2018: Unleash the Power of Small-Scale Manufacturing Workshop, Charlotte, NC

World Maker Faire, New York 2018: Maker Businesses are the Answer to our Real Estate Question, Center Stage, National Hall of Science, NY

Michigan Municipal League/Michigan Association of Planners Convention 2018: Unleash the Power of Small-Scale Manufacturing Workshop, Grand Rapids, MI

Urban Land Institute Washington Chapter 2018: Retail in the Age of Amazon- Strategies for Retail Success, Washington, D.C.

Fairfax County Office of Community Revitalization 2018: Made in Fairfax: Placemaking with Small-Scale Manufacturing, Fairfax County, VA

National League of Cities, City Solutions Conference 2017: Discovering Your City’s Maker Economy, Charlotte, NC

The Maker City Summit 2017: Bold Steps in the Maker City, Knoxville, TN

New York State Southern Tier Regional Sustainable Development and Collaborative Governance Conference 2016: Small-Scale Manufacturing & Making Great Places, Binghamton, NY

Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference 2016: Maker Magnets: Transforming Industrial Vacancy to Support the Growing Maker Economy, Baltimore, MD

Urban Land Institute Fall Meeting 2015: Not Your Grandfather’s Warehouse District: How Cities Are Reusing Industrial Land, San Francisco, CA

City of Grants Pass 2015: Four Principles of Main Street with Small-Scale Manufacturing, Grants Pass, OR

To book Ilana Preuss for your event, please contact her at ilana@recastcity.com