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Mayors Maker Challenge

Monday, May 12, 2014
MAYORS' MAKER CHALLENGE
Local Communities Promoting the Makers Movement
Manufacturing is making a comeback in communities across America, and innovation is helping drive our economy. Part of the momentum in manufacturing is the “Maker Movement” which convenes inventors, youth, educational institutions, businesses, and entrepreneurs in creative ways to foster technology advances. Local governments and mayors can be on the leading edge of this movement by fostering maker activities and communities in a number of ways. For a "Maker Playbook" that shows how local communities and others are promoting the Maker Movement, CLICK HERE.

But there is much more that local leaders can do.  That is why a group of 20+ mayors has launched the “Mayors' Maker Challenge.”  Starting May 12th, we seek to recruit a powerful coalition of mayors to take this challenge and become “Maker Mayors.” This Challenge is organized by the Manufacturing Alliance of Communities (MAC), a national coalition of local government officials seeking to promote the growth of U.S. manufacturing and innovation in ways that will boost our communities.

To take the Challenge:

  • Pledge:  Make a public pledge to take one or more of the actions below during 2014
  • Publicize: Allow MAC to publicize your participation in the Mayors Maker Challenge
  • Progress: Follow up with MAC when we reach out in late 2014 to get a short update on your progress on the Challenge.

To take the Challenge, simply fill in the short Mayors' Maker Pledge below. The Manufacturing Alliance of Communities will compile all pledges together in mid-June 2014 to produce a report celebrating Maker Mayors including you. We will email you a copy of this report, keep you informed about opportunities and resources that you can pursue to support your manufacturing and maker initiatives, and contact you once more in Fall 2014 to request a short progress report on your Challenge pledge.

CLICK HERE to take the Mayors' Maker Challenge!

For information on the 1st White House Maker Faire in June 2014, see www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/02/03/announcing-first-white-house-maker-faire.

For additional resources for communities on manufacturing issues, check out the MAC at www.ManufacturingAlliance.us.