Why Is Knoxville a Maker City?
Knoxville was designated a Maker City by online crafter marketplace Etsy in 2016. In that time, the city has made efforts to congeal "makers" around central themes common to business development efforts. A website, social media campaign, and resource guide have all been launched.
I spoke to several stakeholders in the Maker City movement to get their angle on what it means to be a maker, and what it means to the city itself. Is there an economic impact from these micro-businesses?