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Thursday, April 13 • 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Getting It Right: Downtown Development Districts FULL

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Join real estate and economic development champions who have spurred hundreds of millions in public and private capital investment to their cities’ commercial business districts and other neighborhoods for a conversation about stimulating job growth and improved vitality in urban cores. Learn how they assisted municipalities in strengthening neighborhoods while harnessing the attraction that vibrant downtowns hold for talented people, innovative small businesses, and residents from all walks of life.

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Jim Cheng

Board Member, Tom Tom Foundation
Current Angel Investor, CAV Angels, Executive Lecturer at UVA SEAS on Entrepreneurship, of Counsel to Lee & Hayes PLLC. Former VA Secretary of Commerce and Trade. Exited Tech Entrepreneur. MBA, UVA Darden; JD, Georgetown Law; BS Comp Sci ODU.

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Ric Cavender

Executive Director, Charleston Main Streets
Ric is the Executive Director of Charleston Main Streets, the city’s community & economic development agency focused on the East End and West Side Urban business districts. Since the programs' inceptions, the districts have experienced public and private investments totaling over... Read More →
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Bradley Jones

President and CEO, Harristown Development Corporation
Bradley R. Jones—Biography President and CEO Harristown Enterprises Inc. Effective January, 2015 Brad became President and CEO of Harristown Enterprises, Inc. He oversees the ownership and management of over 2.5 Million s.f. of real estate, including about 60 retail and commercial... Read More →
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Ben Teague

Executive Director, Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce
Over the past 15 years Benjamin has worked to place more than 60 economic development projects and over $1.5 Billion dollars in capital investment in multiple states. Ben has represented economic development organizations and private sector clients on statewide, regional and local... 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 →


Jayson White

Oklahoma City, OK, Volunteer

Thursday April 13, 2017 2:00pm - 2:50pm EDT
Room 206, JSAAHC Jefferson School African American Heritage Center 233 4th St NW, Charlottesville, VA 22903