Tri-State MakerFest

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.

MakerFest 2022

 2023 Tri-State MakerFest

What to see

  • Employer exhibits accepting applications and resumes
  • Tech demonstrations showcasing company innovations
  • Equipment & video presentations
  • Interactive displays

Business Participation

Each year we seek businesses to participate in the Tri-State MakerFest. This year the Tri-State MakerFest  will be held on Thursday, October 19, 2023 at the Oakley-Lindsay Center.

Showcase your business and different opportunities to students and area job seekers. Businesses are encouraged to provide a demonstration, or interactive display to promote and educate the public on your industry and expertise.

– Set up a tech demonstration to showcase your company’s innovations,
– Set up a display of equipment, robotics or video presentation,
– Present something interactive,
– Staff and employer exhibit for students & job seekers. Here you can promote available opportunities, discuss skills needed, take applications and/or accept resumes,

Registration is Open | Register by October 2nd | Questions Please Contact: Angela Caldwell –