Etsy launched a program called Etsy Maker Cities to explore opportunities for local governments to help members of its community to start and grow their businesses, and it is kicking off a Maker Cities Summit in May.
Etsy Maker Cities is designed to help forge relationships between municipalities with members of the Etsy community, “including sellers, retailers who are part of Etsy wholesale, and responsible manufacturers.”
Etsy gave some examples of how the Etsy community and city leaders have worked together in the past:
- Resource sharing;
- Educational programming;
- Maximizing public spaces;
- Local “Made In” campaigns.
But it said, “The sky’s the limit! We’re hosting the Etsy Maker Cities Summit to hear your ideas.”
The expected results of such collaborations: “Empowered micro-businesses, strengthened local economies, and collective commitments to change how we buy, sell, and create goods.”
A FAQ explains: “How does a city become an Etsy Maker City? To become an Etsy Maker City, Etsy community members and local city leaders from a city must apply, attend the Maker City Summit in Brooklyn on May 12-13, and successfully execute their project plan together. The specifics of each project plan will be determined by participants at the Summit, but all plans must help build stronger economies that empower creative micro-entrepreneurs.”
The program is currently limited to the US and Canada. You can find more information on the Etsy website.