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Wednesday, April 12 • 7:00pm - 8:30pm
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A forum about the Future of Charlottesville—its economy, culture, and community. The region’s most visionary leaders share what they see for the future of the city and how to encourage creativity and entrepreneurship for the decades to come.

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Lynn Easton

Founder, Easton Events; Easton Porter Group
As the creative force and co-founder of Easton Porter Group, a luxury hospitality company, Lynn Easton provides strategic vision and a well-honed stylistic eye on all elements of design and presentation for its highly acclaimed properties. Lynn’s sophisticated design sensibilities set the tone for the EPG luxury brand, and her impeccable attention to layered detail is what keeps us reaching high standards of quality and drives our... Read More →
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Nikki Hastings

Cofounder, CvilleBioHub
Nikki is an operations executive, engineer, and entrepreneur. Nikki previously served as Vice President of Operations at Hemoshear Therapeutics where she was on the founding team developing the company’s technology, internal processes, and recruiting strategies. Nikki received her Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Virginia. At Contraline, Nikki is spearheading the company’s operations.
avatar for Ludwig Kuttner

Ludwig Kuttner

Founder, IX Art Park
A pioneering developer in Downtown Charlottesville and venture capitalist with 50 years of real estate development experience, Ludwig is dedicated to the promotion of arts and culture in Charlottesville. Easily recognizable with his spray of white hair and colorful wardrobe, Ludwig has helped shape Charlottesville into the pedestrian, bike and family friendly space we now know it as. For instance, Ludwig was an instrumental voice in advocating... Read More →
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Rick Shannon

Executive Vice President, UVA Health System
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... Read More →
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Mike Signer

Mayor, City of Charlottesville
Mike Signer is managing principal of Madison Law & Strategy Group, PLLC, which he founded in 2010, where he practices corporate and regulatory law.  He is also a lecturer at UVA, where he teaches in both the Woodrow Wilson Department of Politics and the Batten School for Leadership and Public Policy.  He is a member of the Virginia and Washington, D.C. Bars and the Charlottesville-Albemarle Bar Association, where he has served as... Read More →
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Brian Wheeler

Executive Director, Charlottesville Tomorrow
Brian Wheeler was hired as Charlottesville Tomorrow's first Executive Director in 2005. The nonprofit is the trusted source of in-depth information on key quality of life issues in the Charlottesville area. Its award-winning journalism is widely distributed to the public online, in email newsletters, and through news partnerships. He helped launch the unique partnership with The Daily Progress, the first of its kind in the nation, which placed... Read More →


Wednesday April 12, 2017 7:00pm - 8:30pm
The Paramount Theater, Main Stage 215 E Main St

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