The county commissioners’ effort to offer hotel bed-tax revenues to the Youngstown Maker City Initiative has been met with appreciation.
The Youngstown Business Incubator released a statement Thursday on the commissioners’ consideration of spending up to $20,000 on hotel bed-tax revenues that would be used to sponsor the four-day, 3-D manufacturing gathering beginning July 31. It is expected to draw about 400 guests from across the country.
The commissioners accepted the proposal to approve the hotel-bed tax at their meeting today.
The money will go toward travel and lodging expenses of the California-based Make magazine staff, who will cover the event, which will be based at America Makes in the Youngstown Business Incubator on West Boardman Street.
“This is an opportunity for us to showcase our community to the premier publication of the maker community, Make Magazine. Their involvement in the Youngstown Maker Community kick-off is a testament to the fact the Youngstown and America Makes really is the heartland of this technological revolution,” said Barb Ewing, chief operating officer for the Youngstown Business Incubator.
U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan of Howland,, D-13th, also released a statement on the initiative stating that Youngstown has a pledge to be a “Maker City.”
The official Maker City pledge will take place on Aug. 3 with Ryan outlining how the community plans to strengthen current Maker programs and create new ones.
“Youngstown is setting the standard for 3D printing, advanced manufacturing and workforce development – and I am excited that we are working toward becoming a Maker City,” Ryan said in the statement. “Becoming a Maker City is a significant step in realizing the full potential of America Makes and Youngstown remaining one of the premier cities in the country to start and grow a business.”
Youngstown Mayor John A. McNally said he will sponsor legislation at the next city council meeting, scheduled for noon July 28th, to provide $10,000 toward the event.