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David Woessner

David Woessner is leading a revolution in the automotive industry. As Managing Partner of Detroit-based company Local Motors, David shares an audacious vision: “The car as we know it must die.”
Certainly, not a new revelation for environmental watchers and activists, but David’s company is so much more than building environmentally-friendly cars, a concept he claims is already outmoded. Local Motors is radically different in its approach to just about everything. The company works from project to production, “combin[ing] communities of enthusiasts and problem solvers to understand local needs, harnessing the power of the crowd to develop and design a vehicle. Then [they] produce it locally at micro-factories, using locally developed fuel sources and locally sourced suppliers,” says David.
Visit the Local Motors website and meet the world’s first 3D printed car, which also happens to be electric, funded entirely through crowdsourcing, and produced in a microfactory the size of a grocery store. Maybe you can get involved on the Olli project and help designers and engineers all over the world finish production on a self-driving and cognitive, electric shuttle. Join a discussion board and help solve industry-problems, or maybe you would like to submit a new design for production.
Local Motors was founded in 2007 in Phoenix, Arizona, by John B. Rogers, Jr. The company has shaken up the automotive industry by taking the open-source concept to the extreme. Design competitions attract entries from designers and engineers around the globe while manufacturing remains a totally local affair. In keeping with the “grassroots” feel of the company, competitions cull designs for specific regions—like Boston, where pollution, traffic and complex roadways have made driving an aggravation in the city.
When David joined Local Motors in 2015, the company already achieved celebrity status with the Rally Fighter, a race-class truck that made a cameo in Transformers: Age of Extinction, and was featured on Top Gear and Discovery Channel’s Game Changers.
Prior to joining Local Motors in 2015, David Woessner served as Senior Advisor on economic development for Detroit Mayor Duggan, and helped rescue Detroit from bankruptcy after the great recession. David graduated from Wabash College in 2001 and earned a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering and a Master of Business Administration from Georgia Tech. He moved to Detroit in 2004 and built his career in Mergers & Acquisitions, and automotive consulting before starting his own firm, W Advisors & Co.
As the Managing Partner of Local Motors, David is responsible for operations of the educational, sales, and demonstration in the newly opened facilities in National Harbor, Maryland, and two other facilities in Washington, D.C., and Detroit, Michigan. David’s primary focus is working with local stakeholders in developing and building a full microfactory in the Washington, D.C. region, as well as promoting Local Motors’ presence and an associated microfactory in the Motor City. David splits his time between the Detroit, D.C., and Maryland facilities.