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In this session, innovation experts from small cities show us what changes are coming in the next ten years, highlighting the best opportunities for progress and explaining why communities thrive or sputter. They will examine the specific fields and dynamics that will most shape our economic future, including global trade partnerships, advanced manufacturing, cleantech, the next big step for e-commerce, and the coming impact of social transparency on corporate governance and supply chains.

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Rider Foley

Assistant Professor, UVA School of Engineering and Applied Science
Dr. Rider W. Foley is an assistant professor in the science, technology & society program in the Department of Engineering and Society at the University of Virginia. He is the principal investigator on the ‘4C Project’ on Cultivating Cultures of Ethical STEM education with colleagues... Read More →

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Ed Harrell

Entrepreneur in Residence, Harrisburg University of Science and Technology
Ed is an economist with more than 40 years of experience in managing private and public programs in the areas of privatization, technology commercialization, entrepreneurial training, capital market development, private investment in Asia, Latin America, Africa and the Middle East... Read More →
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Jerry Peng

Founder and ex- CEO, Vastly
Jerry Z. Peng is the Founder and former CEO of Vastly (formerly Tranlin, Inc.). He served previously as managing director with Goldman Sachs (Asia) LLC, based in Hong Kong, managing corporate financing and derivatives business in the Investment Banking Division and corporate sales... Read More →
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Megan Robinson

Executive Director, The Collider
Megan Robinson is the Executive Director of The Collider. The Collider is an innovation center for a changing climate, based in Asheville, North Carolina, and is the organizer of ClimateCon 2018. ClimateCon 2018 is convening thought leaders to move the needle on the development of... Read More →
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Steve Warner

VP, Global Competitiveness, CRDA
Steve is a senior team member with the Charleston Regional Development Alliance (CRDA), a public/private economic development partnership that serves as a catalyst for long-term regional prosperity by attracting the world’s best companies, talent and entrepreneurs. Steve serves... Read More →


Katie Deal

Scribe, Volunteer

Thursday April 13, 2017 9:00am - 9:50am EDT
Lewis and Clark Room, Marriott Residence Inn Marriott Residence Inn 315 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22903