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Thursday, April 13 • 10:00am - 10:50am
Does Your City Seduce Talent? FULL

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Cities power economic progress by driving artistic, technological, and overall growth at one and the same time. Arts and culture play key roles in attracting skilled people who in turn power innovation, firm formation and economic growth and development. The role of quality of life and amenities in attracting workers and spurring growth trumps even job opportunities. Join these civic entrepreneurs for a conversation about how cities entice and retain a skilled workforce through a civic culture of engagement, inspiration, and opportunity that build an emotional attachment to their communities.

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Chip Ransler

Oligarch, HackCville
Chip is a multi-time founder and teacher of entrepreneurship. He's currently leading HackCville's efforts to be a next-generation provider of education and talent for growing economies.

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Rick Destito

Owner, dreamer, doer, The Gear Factory
Rick Destito is a Real Estate Investor, Social Entrepreneur, and owner of The Gear Factory. The Gear Factory is a 65,000sf building in Syracuse with a remarkable history, modern energy, and a promising future that Rick is steadily redeveloping with green infrastructure and a crowd sourced designed layout. Located at the crossroads of several diverse neighborhoods, it houses studio spaces for artists, musicians, and entrepreneurs. He is committed to creating a city where people who live the arts, live music, and live entrepreneurship every day can just be more successful here rather than somewhere else, a place where awesome things happen every day for no special occasion. Rick lives with his wife and two daughters in the Near West... Read More →
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Managing Partner & CTO, Moogfest
Moogfest’s CTO and Managing Partner KamranV builds elegant bridges between technology and artistry; founding Interscope Records’s multi-million dollar mobile platform and serving as a producer for grammy-nominated surround sound releases for NIN, Beck and more. As founder of... Read More →
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Joe Poeschl

Program Director, The Commons
Joe is co-founder and program director of The Commons, an entrepreneurial skills accelerator for the students across southeast Wisconsin. Joe oversees all student and mentor experience design, curriculum development, strategy and operations.


Bryan VanGronigen

Scribe, Volunteer

Thursday April 13, 2017 10:00am - 10:50am
Room 206, JSAAHC Jefferson School African American Heritage Center 233 4th St NW, Charlottesville, VA 22903

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