Made In Fairfax - Small-Scale Production Initiative

Small Scale Manufacturing Reasons

To expand economic activity and build vibrant community centers, the Fairfax County Office of Community Revitalization is exploring the potential of small scale production businesses to enhance the County’s commercial areas.

Technological changes and consumer market preferences for locally-made and “artisanal”/craft products – from textiles, hardware, woodworking, and metalworking to breweries and local food production – have enabled small producers to competitively operate in traditionally non-industrial areas, such as retail and commercial centers.

The “Made in Fairfax” Initiative will be studying the most appropriate locations for this kind of small-scale production. Based on findings and public input, the County anticipates that it might update its land use and zoning rules to accommodate these kinds of artisan businesses. For more information on related zoning changes.


  • The Made in Fairfax initiative was featured in a recent Washington Business Journal Article.
  • The Made in Fairfax Forum was featured on Channel 16.
  • Events

  • To learn more about this initiative, the public was invited to share ideas and comments with Ilana Preuss of Recast City – a national leader in the small-scale production industry – at a public forum held on Monday, June 18th. Event Flier.
  • A summary of the presentation and discussion can be found here.
  • Watch a short interview with presenters below:

    Study findings and recommendations will be posted here later in 2018, as the initiative concludes its research.


    For more information on this initiative, contact Doug Loescher, Revitalization Manager, Fairfax County Office of Community Revitalization at 703-324-9305 or

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