Initiative supports local manufacturer

YOUNGSTOWN – Youngstown has jumped on board a call by President Barack Obama for new innovation and entrepreneurialism.

Called “Maker City,” the initiative will involve a weekend event hosted by Los Angeles-based Make: Magazine’s “3D Printer Shootout” held at the Youngstown headquarters of America Makes, the National Additive Manufacting Innovation Institute.

Editors, writers and staff from the premier DIY electronics magazine will come to town to conduct tests of 3D printers for their award-winning 3D printer review issue published annually.

The July 31 to Aug. 4 weekend also will feature a VIP reception for invited guests and media on Thursday and a public, family-friendly event on Sunday, with local Makers showcasing their talents, 3D printer demonstrations as well as a tour of the America Makes facility from 1 to 4 p.m.

The official “Maker City” pledge will also take place on Sunday with U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan outlining how the community plans to strengthen current Maker programs and create new ones within this organized effort.

The initiative is a combined effort from Ryan, America Makes, Youngstown Business Incubator, Mahoning County Convention and Visitors Bureau and others. Youngstown State University also will participate in the Maker University Initiative.