Knoxville is The Maker City.
The Maker City is the greater Knoxville-area community of makers, artists, creatives, and small-scale manufacturers and supporting entities. Led by the Mayor’s Maker Council, we create collaborative partnerships, programming, and opportunities in support of Knoxville’s maker community.
WHERE WE’VE BEEN
Recognizing that creative entrepreneurs make a significant impact on our economy with their small-scale manufacturing, Knoxville amped up the maker movement in 2016 with the leadership of the Mayor’s Maker Council and the Knoxville Entrepreneur Center. We redoubled efforts and involvement in 2017.
More than 900 makers belong to The Maker City, the directory grew to more than 190 makers, and more than 600 met and mingled at maker meetups. The Maker City’s annual summit doubled in size in 2017 and offered makers the opportunity to learn from experts and each other.
WHERE WE ARE
In addition to holding ongoing maker meetups and the annual summit, The Maker City is hosting an informal lunch-and-learn series called Make. Learn. Grow. Local makers and experts come together to share their knowledge and tools to grow their businesses.
We have redesigned The Maker City directory to be searchable. This makes it easier to navigate for consumers looking for handmade goods, retailers wanting to sell locally made items, contractors searching for small-scale manufacturers and fabricators, and businesses wanting local contacts for their projects of all sizes. The goal of the directory is to raise awareness of the makers in Knoxville and the surrounding area and the goods that they make.
WHERE WE’RE GOING
Looking ahead, The Maker City aims to develop a shared vision for our region’s diverse maker community and raise awareness of the local maker movement and its associated micro-economies.
We will promote local goods and services and connect makers with opportunities. We will address government policies and regulatory issues that impact maker businesses and develop new revenue sources to support The Maker City initiatives.