Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero’s schedule called for her to be in Washington this week attending a Maker Faire. No, the mayor hasn’t taken up cabinet making. She’s attending a White House meeting of a group of entrepreneurs who use cutting-edge tools, like 3-D printers. She was accompanied by Oak Ridge Mayor Tom Beehan and Jay Rogers, who recently opened his 3-D printing business, Local Motors, on Market Square.
It’s not the first time Market Square has been recognized as a high-tech mecca. There once was an upstairs office on the Square where some young guys came up with a video game that was a hit. Then-Chamber President Tom Ingram quickly called a press conference to announce that Market Square would now be a high-tech start-up incubator. The gamers moved on and Market Square failed to materialize as the new Silicon Valley.
Rogero’s schedule called for her to come back through Cleveland today and Friday to give two presentations on Knoxville’s redevelopment and revitalization successes at something called “The Connected City: A City Cluster Workshop.” The visit is sponsored by Leadership Knoxville and the Cornerstone Foundation.