Knoxville, Oak Ridge mayors at White House for Maker Faire

Knoxville, Oak Ridge mayors at White House for Maker Faire

Mayor Madeline Rogero (source: City of Knoxville) Mayor Madeline Rogero (source: City of Knoxville)
Mayor Tom Beehan (source: City of Oak Ridge) Mayor Tom Beehan (source: City of Oak Ridge)
WASHINGTON, D.C. (WATE) - Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero and Oak Ridge Mayor Tom Beehan are among 21 mayors from across the country who have joined President Obama Wednesday for the first-ever Maker Faire held at the White House.

The mayors are joining a policy discussion with senior Obama Administration officials to discuss support for manufacturing communities on economic, infrastructure and community revitalization.

Mayors Rogero and Beehan say they will use this June 18 event to help boost advanced manufacturing, innovative technology and the “Maker Movement” in East Tennessee.

The “Maker Movement” aims to provide access to high-tech tools and new approaches for businesses and entrepreneurs. 

“It’s great to be able to meet at the White House with Oak Ridge Mayor Tom Beehan, Local Motors CEO Jay Rogers and some of the nation’s leading Makers, innovators and entrepreneurs,” Rogero said in a news release..

The President is hosting Wednesday’s Maker Faire with 21 mayors, private sector leaders, educational and nonprofit officials, and technology entrepreneurs who are using cutting-edge ideas and tools, such as 3D printing, to bring their ideas to life. 

Rogero and Beehan are part of a group of about 90 mayors nationwide taking part in the “Mayors Maker Challenge,” an effort to recruit innovative mayors to take new actions to boost the Maker Movement in their own communities. This challenge is led by a national coalition of local officials called the Manufacturing Alliance of Communities (MAC), which seeks to boost national policies and resources to support manufacturing communities.

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