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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

Exec Director, 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... Read More →
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CyKiK founder and Arts Technologist KamranV builds elegant bridges between the real and the ideal. His current obsessions are holograms, automated commerce, and quadraphonic music. Recent explorations include reimagining Moogfest, co-creating the SONOS studio and producing Suzanne... Read More →
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Joe Poeschl

Cofounder, The Commons
After graduating from Marquette and MIAD in 2008, Joe Poeschl founded a web software design and development consultancy, where he lead the product design, project management and business strategy for web startups across the country. Joe also co-founded Startup Milwaukee, an organization... Read More →


Bryan VanGronigen

Scribe, Volunteer

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