MOUNT VERNON - Knox Labs, Inc., the newly opened community makerspace in downtown Mount Vernon, has named Todd Davis its executive director.
Davis is a lieutenant at the Mount Vernon Fire Department and recently graduated from Mount Vernon Nazarene University with a degree in Public Administration. A self-described tinkerer, Davis brings a depth of knowledge and enthusiasm to the organization.
“We are very excited to add Mr. Davis to our team at Knox Labs,” said Knox Labs Board President Elaine Robinson. “We look forward to supporting his ideas to engage the community. His enthusiastic approach will undoubtedly ignite the curiosity of local makers and tinkerers.”
In his role, Davis will focus on strategic planning to grow programming, community involvement and the organization’s membership base. He will also oversee the lab’s staff, day-to-day operations, budgeting, and public relations.
“Knox County has a great tradition of people who want to not only be creative, but innovative,” Davis said. “I am looking forward to bringing those innovative people together with equipment, technology, and the resources that they might not otherwise be able to access.”
Knox Labs is a nonprofit makerspace that provides access to digital tools and machinery for dues-paying members. The lab is a member of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s global Fab Lab network, and previously hired MIT to help plan the space’s launch in Mount Vernon. This STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) asset serves the community as a tinkerer space, hobbyist gathering spot, workforce development tool, and small business launching pad.
Target users of the makerspace / business incubator include local high school and college students who want to gain expertise in digital technologies with business and future employment potential; parents who want to expose their children to tools for creativity and invention; and adults who want to pursue a hobby, learn new skills, or take the first steps to test and launch a business notion or concept.
Knox Labs partnered with the Engineering Department at the Mount Vernon Nazarene University in establishing a 5,500 square foot makerspace / business incubator occupying the entire ground-level, main floor storefront space at 104 South Main Street, downtown Mount Vernon.
The lab opened in the fall of 2018 and provides members access to 3D printers, a laser cutter, ShopBot, CNC mill, CNC lathe, vinyl cutter, and a variety of woodworking tools such as electric saws and a drill press.
Knox Labs is a registered 501(c)(3) tax- exempt, nonprofit organization with a 15-member board of makers and local non-profit, public sector, and business leaders.