Calvin Coolidge: "The business of America is (or could be again, small) business"

I keep thinking about the old WalMart building here (they built a new one, even bigger and badder, just down the road), how it could be turned into a warren of tiny start-up businesses that cross-pollinate each other like busy bees. And about the Trillium Horticultural Park, a visionary project that promises to do its part in transforming Bloomington into a post-industrial, working-with-nature (i.e., permacultural, permanent-cultural) epoch. Here’s an inspiring swords-to-plowshares story about an enormous old complex that used to turn out Navy war ships, now incubating small businesses.

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How The Brooklyn Navy Yard Has Become The National Model For Creating Manufacturing Jobs

February 10, 2012

In a time of diminished manufacturing jobs in the United States and high unemployment, many Americans are wondering if the times of actually making things in this country are gone forever.

There’s at least one person who may have the answer.

“The days of the smoke stacks are gone,” says Andrew Kimball, president of the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation (BNYDC). But it’s clear from the 300 acres and 40 buildings he leases to small and medium-size businesses at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, that manufacturing isn’t.

We recently visited the Navy Yard to see how the BNYDC is reviving this once-industrial hub in New York and perhaps creating a model for a new type of manufacturing in the United States.

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