Mayor Olson attends Maker Faire at the White House

— Fayetteville Mayor Mark Olson was one of 20 mayors from across the nation invited to join President Barack Obama on June 18 for the first-ever Maker Faire, held at the White House. Olson also joined a policy discussion with senior Obama Administration officials to discuss support for manufacturing communities on economic, infrastructure and community revitalization.

Olson will use the event to help boost advanced manufacturing, innovative technology and the “Maker Movement” in Fayetteville. The manufacturing sector is coming back in America in communities like Fayetteville and remains a source of good jobs and economic innovation.

The recent addition of the Fab Lab at the Fayetteville Free Library and the prospective development of vacant properties that will support sustainability of the community in the innovation are a part of the “Maker Movement,” an effort to provide access to high-tech tools and new approaches for businesses, entrepreneurs and students. In Fayetteville, the local Maker Movement includes efforts such as cleanup and redevelopment of idle and unused properties, infrastructure improvement projects that focus on the environment as well as reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions by utilizing a Climate Action Plan Model, developed specifically for Fayetteville.

The mayors that were invited to the June 18 event at the White House are part of a group of more than 80 mayors nationwide who took 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. The challenge is led by a national coalition of local officials called Manufacturing Alliance of Communities, which recently issued a new “Maker Mayors Action Report,” in which Fayetteville is featured for the efforts underway in the community.

For more information on the White House Maker Faire and the National Day of Making, visit WhiteHouse.gov/makerfaire.

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