The Tri-State MakerFest is an annual event hosted in October to highlight National Manufacturing Month. According to the National Association of Manufacturers, manufacturing in the United States is the second-largest economy in the world. In addition, by 2030, the manufacturing industry will need to fill about 4 million jobs. On the local level, GREDF hopes to bring awareness to our local manufactures’ needs through the Tri-State MakerFest.
The 2022 Tri-State Makerfest was sponsored by DOT Foods, and in partnership with GREDF, John Wood Community College, the Workforce Innovation Board of Western IL, and the West Central Region Education for Employment Systems #240 / Quincy Area Vocational & Technical Center. At Makerfest students and job seekers learn about both local educational and career opportunities in the Tri-State Region.