(WBIR) Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero and Oak Ridge Mayor Tom Beehan are among 21 mayors invited to meet President Barack Obama at the White House on Wednesday for the first-ever Maker Faire.
The mayors will take part in a policy discussion with senior Obama Administration officials to discuss support for manufacturing communities on economic, infrastructure and community revitalization. Rogero and Beehan said they hope to boost the Maker Movement in East Tennessee, which promotes advanced manufacturing and innovative technology.
"We're committed to creating jobs by capitalizing on our unique partnerships and bold new business models," said Rogero in a press release. "As I've said previously: We aim to be ground zero for the third Industrial Revolution."
The Maker Movement's goal is to provide access to high-tech tools and new approaches for businesses and entrepreneurs. Rogero and Beehan are part of a group of about 90 mayors nationwide taking part in the Mayors Maker Challenge.
Local Motors CEO Jay Rogers, who recently opened a retail store on Market Square, has joined Rogero and Beehan on the trip. Rogers and Local Motors have pioneered a new 3D printing method and plan to build the world's first 3D-printed car this fall.