Ilana Preuss is the founder of Recast City LLC, and author of Recast Your City: How to Save Your Downtown with Small-Scale Manufacturing. She is passionate about making great places and sees that small scale manufacturers are a missing piece in today's real estate and economic development efforts.
With over 20 years of experience in community development, Ms. Preuss' projects at Recast City span the country - from Washington, D.C. to Honolulu, HI. Through work with small-scale manufacturing business owners, real estate developers, foundations, city planning and economic development offices, improvement districts, and mayors, the projects go from idea to action to build great places with vibrant economies.
Additionally, Ilana leads a national program through a grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration to improve on the revolving loan funding program and better achieve equitable outcomes with small business lending.
Previously, Ilana was Vice President and Chief of Staff at Smart Growth America and worked in the US EPA Smart Growth Division, and she currently serves on the Board of Directors for the national non-profit Incremental Development Alliance.