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Wednesday, April 12
 

6:00pm

Screening and Panel: Seats at the Table
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This feature documentary, currently in production, will present how each group of students—the free and the incarcerated—is equally transformed by this unique educational experience. The film’s mission will be to share this model with educators and correctional policy-makers around the world, inspiring others to replicate this type of program in their own communities. This continues Rosalia Films’ past work (World Peace and other 4th-Grade Achievements; Holistic Life Foundation: breathing love into a community) of affecting social change through presenting inspiring examples of individuals and their work within their communities.

“It doesn’t matter if you’re a 20 year-old college student or a 20 year-old youth in a correctional facility, you know what it feels like to lose someone you love. You know what it feels like to struggle with family situations. You know what it feels like to search to find your place in a world that doesn’t always make that easy.”

Preconceptions of what it means to be an incarcerated youth or a university student are dismantled through a semester of intense and meaningful discussion of classic Russian writers like Tolstoy and Dostoevsky, their timeless human themes, and through the deep relationships that result. Stereotypes are replaced by a much more nuanced understanding of the other set of students and oneself.

“When I walked into that building every Tuesday afternoon, it’s like, I wasn’t locked up. It’s like, for the next three hours I can live. I can be myself. I can open up.”

“Never before have I felt so connected to a class, so motivated to give my all, and so transformed not just as a student but as a human being.”

Wednesday April 12, 2017 6:00pm - 7:00pm
The Paramount Theater, Upstairs Ballroom 215 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902

7:00pm

Future Forum
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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.

Speakers
avatar for Lynn Easton

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 →
avatar for Nikki Hastings

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 →
avatar for Rick Shannon

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 →
avatar for Mike Signer

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 →
avatar for Brian Wheeler

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

7:00pm

Screening and Panel: River of Gold
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$25 | Get Tickets
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War journalists Ron Haviv and Donovan Webster travel along Peru’s Madre de Dios River to reveal the savage unraveling of pristine rainforest. Peruvian environmental activist and biologist, Enrique Ortiz, guides the team, pointing out the heedless exploitation of the land for minor gain. Miners rush to the Amazon to scrape together enough money to start a business or to feed their family while disregarding the catastrophic consequences to their health and homeland. Vulnerable trees, over one thousand years old, and countless species of plants, animals, and insects, both known to science and yet to be discovered, fall victim to the annihilation as well. Environmental degradation and human degradation are irrevocably intertwined as illegal gold mining is directly tied to corruption, human trafficking, narcotics, and organized crime.
An animated agouti springs to life to tell the story of its ecosystem, as it represents the only species capable of cracking open the Brazil nut and thereby repopulating this essential apex forest tree. The valuable Amazon rainforest is not only being stripped of life, but also forever poisoned with mercury, a by-product of illegal mining practices.
Flash forward four years to a massive intervention by the Peruvian government. What will be the fate of this critical region as these extraordinarily beautiful forests are turned into a hellish wasteland? River of Gold reaffirms the right of the rainforest to exist as a repository of priceless biodiversity and not as the toxic remains of man’s greed for gold.

Speakers
avatar for Sarah duPont

Sarah duPont

President, Amazon Aid Foundation
Sarah duPont is an award-winning humanitarian, educator and filmmaker and is a vocal advocate of ecological preservation. As the President and Founder of the Amazon Aid Foundation, Sarah works with Neotropical scientists to study Amazonian biodiversity with an eye toward educating the public and introducing cutting-edge conservation practices and on the ground solutions to the region. Sarah is a producer of the film River of Gold, the short... Read More →
avatar for Enrique Ortiz

Enrique Ortiz

Vice President and co-founder, Amazon Conservation Association
Enrique Ortiz was born and raised in Lima, Peru. He is trained as a tropical ecologist (San Marcos University in Lima, and Princeton University), with a long history of research on species and ecological systems in coastal/marine, deserts, highlands and tropical forest ecosystems. | | His specialty is community ecology (plant animal interactions) and has authored several research papers and popular articles on a variety of themes, mainly on... Read More →


Wednesday April 12, 2017 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Vinegar Hill Theatre @ Light House Studio 220 West Market Street

8:30pm

Oracle: Tarot Opera
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A one-time, one-of-a-kind experience… only 72 seats each performance.

The future is unknown, but that does not stop us from seeking insights into the path ahead. In an unusual twist, the creative minds of Victory Hall Opera will mix a night of possibility with performance, allowing the audience to have their fortunes read, but revealing the portents of those divinations only through a custom-chosen aria.This limited engagement and exclusive performance offers audience members the opportunity of having their fortune read and sung to them by some of the world’s premier opera singers.

Speakers
avatar for Donna Balson

Donna Balson

Pianist
Her operatic engagements have included work with European companies such as Oper Frankfurt, Frankfurter Kammeroper, Düsseldorf Opera and the Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart. An avid concert performer and enthusiast for both contemporary and classical music, she has appeared as a soloist with orchestras and chamber ensembles in Europe and the US as well as Australia. Donna has also performed as a recitalist, most recently in a concert tour of... Read More →
avatar for Carlton Ford

Carlton Ford

Baritone
Baritone Carlton Ford is renowned for the dramatic vigor, precision, and natural beauty of his singing. Acclaimed by The New York Times as a “robust baritone with a vibrant stage presence,”Ford is a graduate of both The Juilliard School and Rice University and has performed with Le Théâtre du Châtelet, the New York Philharmonic, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Houston Grand Opera, the Aspen Music and Glimmerglass Festivals, and at Carnegie Hall.
avatar for Miriam Gordon-Stewart

Miriam Gordon-Stewart

Soprano
Australian soprano Miriam Gordon-Stewart has gained recognition across four continents for her powerful instrument and dramatic vulnerability, specializing in the repertoire of Wagner and Strauss. Described in the French press as “a genuine singer-actress”, she has performed over 40 leading roles at major opera houses including the Sydney Opera House, Hamburg State Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Châtelet (Paris), Korean National Opera and... Read More →
avatar for Brenda Patterson

Brenda Patterson

Mezzo-Soprano
Virginia-raised mezzo-soprano Brenda Patterson has been at the forefront of contemporary vocal music for over 15 years, recognized as much for her artistic bravery as for the beauty and warmth of her voice. A graduate of The Juilliard School and Barnard College, Brenda was at the Hamburg State Opera before continuing to La Scala in Milan and the Metropolitan Opera, where she was on the roster for seven seasons, and at Opera Colorado, Glimmerglass... Read More →
avatar for Sarah Wolfson

Sarah Wolfson

Soprano
A “keenly intelligent artist” (-New York Times), Washington, D.C. native Sarah Wolfson brings to the stage her gifts of dynamic presence and a natural, luxurious instrument. With vitality, wit, and technical precision, she is equally at home singing the leading ladies of Mozart or jumping through the tetrachordal hoops of Elliott Carter. A Juilliard graduate and Winner of the Concert Artists Guild Competition, she performs regularly in... Read More →


Wednesday April 12, 2017 8:30pm - 9:45pm
Old Metropolitan Hall 101 E Main St.
 
Thursday, April 13
 

8:00am

Hometown Summit Opening Breakfast
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Join other Hometowners for light breakfast and coffee.

Thursday April 13, 2017 8:00am - 9:00am
Auditorium, JSAAHC Jefferson School African American Heritage Center 233 4th St NW, Charlottesville, VA 22903

8:00am

Thursday Registration
Thursday April 13, 2017 8:00am - 5:00pm
The Jefferson School African American Heritage Center 233 4th St NW, Charlottesville, VA 22903

9:00am

Cultivating Industries of the Future
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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.

Moderators
avatar for Rider Foley

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 from Notre Dame, Xavier University and St. Mary’s College. Rider is a Research Collaborator with the Sustainability Science Education program at the... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Ed Harrell

Ed Harrell

Faculty member and 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 and early stage financing of technology companies. He has held senior managerial positions with Rohm & Haas Co., E.I. DuPont de Nemours & Co., the State Department, the... Read More →
avatar for Jerry Peng

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 for the Securities Division in China. Prior to this, Mr. Peng was executive director and head of China Onshore Sales for the Fixed Income Division of Morgan Stanley... Read More →
avatar for Megan Robinson

Megan Robinson

Executive Director, The Collider
Megan Robinson is the Executive Director of The Collider, working on internal strategic development of programming, membership, coworking, and events. She is also the Asheville facilitator for North Carolina's InnovateNC project. Megan earned her Masters in Public Administration from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University and her Masters of Science in Environmental Science from the State University of New York... Read More →
avatar for Steve Warner

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 as CRDA's chief strategist, utilizing his experience in corporate brand management to oversee research and planning initiatives that guide regional economic... Read More →

Volunteers
KD

Katie Deal

Scribe, Volunteer

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

9:00am

Local Insights for the Ideas Ecosystem
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There is a gap between the worldview of elite policy institutions - “think tanks” - and the concerns of citizens in the United States of America, as could not have been more vividly illustrated than by the 2016 Presidential election. How can organizations explicitly conceived as “universities without students” listen to the rest of the country beyond their walls? There is a real hunger for policy solutions in hundreds of communities across the nation. Can think tanks adapt to meet this opportunity?

Moderators
avatar for Hana Passen

Hana Passen

Associate Director, New America National Network, New America
Hana Passen is the Associate Director for New America’s National Network. Her responsibilities include project management for the Reinventing the Think Tank Initiative and coordinating New America’s growth into a nationally networked organization.

Speakers
avatar for Sheila Dugan

Sheila Dugan

Senior Implementation Advisor, Cities, Center for Government Excellence at Johns Hopkins University
At the Center for Government Excellence at Johns Hopkins University, Sheila works with cities on strengthening their open data and performance management programs. She worked on broadband adoption and access programs before joining GovEx. As EveryoneOn’s former Chief Marketing Officer, she collaborated with nonprofits and government agencies to promote affordable internet service and devices to unconnected households across the United States... Read More →
avatar for Ferki Ferati

Ferki Ferati

Executive Director, The Jefferson Educational Society
Mr. Ferki Ferati has been with The Jefferson Educational Society since its founding in 2008, first as Director of Research and Operations, but was quickly promoted to Executive Director in 2009 and then to Vice President in 2013. During those six years, Mr. Ferati has supervised more than 600 programs, including the nationally-recognized annual Global Summit speaker series. He also oversees various publications, such as the Jefferson Essays and... Read More →
avatar for Jennifer Park

Jennifer Park

Associate Director, What Works Cities, Results for America
Jennifer Park is the associate director for Bloomberg Philanthropies' What Works Cities. She joined What works Cities in April 2015 and is leading the Community of Cities, a peer-learning network for cities. She previously served as coordinator for the Work on Purpose program at Echoing Green, a nonprofit with the mission to unleash next generation talent to solve the world’s biggest problems. In this role, she supported the design and... Read More →
avatar for Joda Thongnopnua

Joda Thongnopnua

Executive Director, Metro Ideas Project
Joda Thongnopnua is the Executive Director of the Metro Ideas Project, a non-profit policy research startup dedicated to bringing smart solutions to the tough challenges facing local governments. Previously, Joda led communications efforts at Lamp Post Group, a venture capital firm in Chattanooga working to build the infrastructure necessary to support a tech hub in the Southeast. | | Prior to that, he worked with creatives and entrepreneurs... Read More →

Volunteers
KH

Kelsey Huelsman

Scribe, Volunteer

Thursday April 13, 2017 9:00am - 9:50am
Room 207, JSAAHC Jefferson School African American Heritage Center 233 4th St NW, Charlottesville, VA 22903

9:00am

March of Regress? Understanding Technology and Inequality
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University of Virginia economics professor James Harrigan has used more than 35 years of data to study economic inequality in the United States, seeking explanations and solutions for the rapidly widening chasm between the very rich and nearly everyone else. He has found that while globalization is part of the story, it is automation that is the primary reason that middle-wage and manufacturing jobs have decreased so drastically. This “table setting” special seminar is a small group dialogue that is designed to allow leaders to reflect and exchange ideas about how these megatrends are affecting their communities, and what can be done to respond.

Moderators
avatar for James Harrigan

James Harrigan

Professor of Economics, University of Virginia
James Harrigan is a Professor in the Economics Department at the University of Virginia. During the 2012-2013 academic year, he was a Visiting Professor of Economics at Sciences Po in Paris. He conducts research on economic inequality, international trade, and economic geography. | | Mr. Harrigan joined the University of Virginia in 2008. Before that, he was an economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York for twelve years. He has also... Read More →

Volunteers
BV

Bryan VanGronigen

Scribe, Volunteer

Thursday April 13, 2017 9:00am - 9:50am
Room 206, JSAAHC Jefferson School African American Heritage Center 233 4th St NW, Charlottesville, VA 22903

9:00am

Reimagining the Suburban Strip: Case Study, Tour, and Charrette
Limited Capacity seats available

This session starts in Room 209 and then moves off-site.

Reimagining the Suburban Strip – A Case Study of Route 29 North in Albemarle County
Sixty years ago, Route 29 North was a rural highway connecting farms to “the city” (Charlottesville). Today, it is the urban heart of Albemarle County, home to its largest commercial corridor. The current built environment, primarily suburban retail strip development, is aging. New roadway improvements, including the grade-separated intersection at Rio Road and the development of a new parallel road network, and new private development in the pipeline, including retail, hospitality, and housing, lay the groundwork for a transformation of this area. Participants will explore themes of placemaking, economic development, and connectivity through this interactive session.



Speakers
avatar for Rachel Falkenstein

Rachel Falkenstein

Senior Planner, County of Albemarle
avatar for Emily Kilroy

Emily Kilroy

Community Engagement Specialist, County of Albemarle
avatar for Adam Krason

Adam Krason

Architect, Principal, ZMM Architects and Engineers, Charleston Main Streets
Adam Krason serves as a Principal and Architect at ZMM Architects & Engineers and has been involved in the design of a variety of project types including educational facilities (PK-12 and Higher Education), military facilities, and civic buildings. Adam is also involved with a variety of community development focused non-profit organizations including Charleston Main Street (where he serves as the Board Chair), the Charleston Area Alliance, and... Read More →

Volunteers
AL

Angelina Loverde

Scribe, Volunteer

Thursday April 13, 2017 9:00am - 12:00pm
Room 209, JSAAHC Jefferson School African American Heritage Center 233 4th St NW, Charlottesville, VA 22903

10:00am

Do Tax Incentives Stifle Local Business?
Limited Capacity seats available

Some 75 percent of state and local economic development dollars--more than $100 billion--go to fewer than 1000 large corporations, such as oil and coal conglomerates, technology and entertainment companies, and big-box retail chains. But the benefits of the current incentive system are unclear at best. Notably, as much as 90 percent of the apparent direct benefits of such incentives are offset by losses suffered by the subsidized companies’ local competitors. More, the system encourages states, cities, suburbs, and towns to compete with one another for the same pot of dollars. This session tests alternatives to this zero-sum philosophy of economic development: favoring locally owned business, as well as data-driven investments in public services such as education.


Moderators
avatar for Joda Thongnopnua

Joda Thongnopnua

Executive Director, Metro Ideas Project
Joda Thongnopnua is the Executive Director of the Metro Ideas Project, a non-profit policy research startup dedicated to bringing smart solutions to the tough challenges facing local governments. Previously, Joda led communications efforts at Lamp Post Group, a venture capital firm in Chattanooga working to build the infrastructure necessary to support a tech hub in the Southeast. | | Prior to that, he worked with creatives and entrepreneurs... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Lauren Gellatly

Lauren Gellatly

Community Development Director, Lowcountry Local First
Forever optimistic to change the traditional model of economic development and to prevent Charleston from becoming “Anywhere, USA,” Lauren leads advocacy and community development projects, as well as the Good Business Initiative at Lowcountry Local First (LLF). LLF works with local-independent businesses, consumers, and policymakers to cultivate a place-based approach to economic development. Prior to joining the LLF team in 2013, she worked... Read More →
avatar for Michael Hendrix

Michael Hendrix

Senior Director, Emerging Issues & Research, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation
As the senior director for emerging issues and research at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, Michael Hendrix leads the Foundation’s public policy research and outreach. In addition, Hendrix directs the Foundation’s Cities & States Initiative, which educates community leaders in practical solutions for creating entrepreneurial opportunity and thriving economies. Hendrix is a frequent author and speaker on economic development, startups... Read More →
avatar for Ben Teague

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 levels. Clients have called on Ben for governmental affairs at the Federal, State and local levels to advocate for strong public investment or ensuring the passage of... Read More →

Volunteers

Thursday April 13, 2017 10:00am - 10:50am
Room J125 Jefferson School City Center 1st Floor Jefferson School City Center 233 4th St NW, Charlottesville, VA 22903

10:00am

Know Thy City - Driving Performance with Data
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“Trust God,” is the new city manager’s mantra. “Everybody else has to bring data.” States and localities are beginning to amass huge amounts of structured and unstructured data, but each community has a slightly different approach, based on its organization and where it is on the journey from warehousing, an early collection step, to visualization and analysis. This panel offers an overview of what’s possible with data and what isn’t; identifies low-hanging fruit for resource strapped local governments and citizen groups; and examines key concerns about cybersecurity and privacy rights.


Moderators
avatar for Aaron Renn

Aaron Renn

Manhattan Institute, Senior Fellow
Aaron M. Renn is a Senior Fellow at the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research and a Contributing Editor at its quarterly magazine City Journal. He is on a mission to help America’s cities thrive in an ever more complex, competitive, globalized, and diverse 21st century. Renn is also an economic development columnist for Governing Magazine.

Speakers
avatar for Alyssa Doom

Alyssa Doom

Open Cities Project Manager, The Sunlight Foundation
Alyssa is the Open Cities Project Manager for Sunlight’s Policy team, helping to advance open data on the local level. In this role, she conducts research and creates resources related to Sunlight’s state and local policy priorities, provides feedback on state and local open data initiatives, and represents the organization at local and national meetings related to Sunlight’s work. Alyssa previously served as an investigator for the... Read More →
avatar for Elizabeth Linos

Elizabeth Linos

VP, Head of Research and Evaluation, Behavioral Insights Team, North America
Elizabeth is Vice President and Head of Research and Evaluation at BIT North America. Her research centers on how to improve government performance, with a specific focus on recruiting, retaining and motivating public servants. She has led a series of projects on city-level innovation, as part of the “What Works Cities” initiative, as well as organizational behavior projects with the police, teachers, social workers and other civil... Read More →
avatar for Jennifer Park

Jennifer Park

Associate Director, What Works Cities, Results for America
Jennifer Park is the associate director for Bloomberg Philanthropies' What Works Cities. She joined What works Cities in April 2015 and is leading the Community of Cities, a peer-learning network for cities. She previously served as coordinator for the Work on Purpose program at Echoing Green, a nonprofit with the mission to unleash next generation talent to solve the world’s biggest problems. In this role, she supported the design and... Read More →
avatar for Matt Raifman

Matt Raifman

Senior Implementation Advisor, GovEx, Johns Hopkins University
Matt has addressed public policy challenges at the local, national, and international levels as an expert in energy and transportation. He is currently a Senior Advisor at the Center for Government Excellence (GovEx) at Johns Hopkins University, where he advises cities on implementing performance analytics and open data programs. | Most recently, he was a Science and Technology Fellow at the U.S. Department of Energy, where he supported the... Read More →

Volunteers
KD

Katie Deal

Scribe, Volunteer

Thursday April 13, 2017 10:00am - 10:50am
Lewis and Clark Room, Marriott Residence Inn Marriott Residence Inn 315 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22903

10:00am

Finding Your City's Design Identity
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Every city has a unique history, a distinct vernacular of environment and culture. Owning and expanding this authentic sense of place is critical to how cities carve out compelling identities for current and potential residents. How can your city embrace its own design story as it develops its built environment?

Moderators
avatar for Jim Richardson

Jim Richardson

Senior Associate, VMDO Architects
A Senior Associate at VMDO, Jim strives to find and celebrate the unique qualities of each place in order to create authentic, meaningful, and enduring architecture. Jim’s design work is distinctive for its thoughtful balance of conceptual coherence and resolved ingenuity, founded in a deep understanding of site, function, and performance. His work demonstrates craft with attention to details that derive from a belief that place and materials... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Josh Martin

Josh Martin

Senior Advisor to the Mayor, City of Charleston
Named as one of the top 30 young professional urban planners in 2009 by Next American City, Josh Martin possesses over fourteen (14) years of public, private, and non-profit sector urban planning and real estate development management experience. Josh has managed numerous strategic real estate development projects including complex mixed-use urban infill projects; development feasibility and financial studies; and retail and commercial schemes... Read More →
avatar for Marie Schacht

Marie Schacht

Director, Hopscotch Design Festival
Marie believes in ruckus making and positivity. She works to help make the world more fun. Besides loving to ask questions and turn strangers into friends, she's the Director of Hopscotch Design Festival in Raleigh, NC and a coach for the altMBA.
avatar for Jason Segedy

Jason Segedy

Planning Director, City of Akron
Jason Segedy is the Director of Planning and Urban Development for the City of Akron, Ohio. Jason has worked in the urban planning field for the past 21 years. His passion is creating great spaces and places where people can live, work, and play.

Volunteers
KH

Kelsey Huelsman

Scribe, Volunteer

Thursday April 13, 2017 10:00am - 10:50am
Room 207, JSAAHC Jefferson School African American Heritage Center 233 4th St NW, Charlottesville, VA 22903

10:00am

Innovation and Policy Diffusion
Limited Capacity seats available

One of the benefits of American federalism is the ability for states and localities to try out new policies, keeping the successes, abandoning the failures, and learning from one another. However, in ideologically polarized times, this system of learning and policy diffusion may be under serious strain. Professor Craig Volden has studied legislatures across the United States to understand why some policies diffuse across states and localities while others do not, and how to overcome biases in order to accelerate innovation. This special seminar is opportunity to consider and debate the role of small cities in prototyping policy and absorbing best practices.

Moderators
avatar for Craig Volden

Craig Volden

Professor of Public Policy and Politics, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, University of Virginia
Craig Volden is the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and a professor of public policy and politics, with appointments in the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy and the Woodrow Wilson Department of Politics. He studies legislative politics and the interaction among political institutions, including within American federalism. His current projects include studies of innovation and policy diffusion across states and localities... Read More →

Volunteers
JW

Jayson White

Oklahoma City, OK, Volunteer

Thursday April 13, 2017 10:00am - 10:50am
Room 209, JSAAHC Jefferson School African American Heritage Center 233 4th St NW, Charlottesville, VA 22903

10:00am

Does Your City Seduce Talent?
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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.

Moderators
avatar for Chip Ransler

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.

Speakers
avatar for Rick Destito

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... Read More →
avatar for KamranV

KamranV

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 Echo Park's largest music facility Bedrock.LA, he also serves Bedrock.LA's neighborhood as Echo Park's Chamber of Commerce President.
avatar for Joe Poeschl

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.

Volunteers
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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

11:00am

Does Your City Have a Brand?
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When people see a product that was made in your city, what comes to their minds? What story does your city tell about its identity and history through its consumer-facing products? Chat with a group of entrepreneurs and organizers who became brand architects for their communities, and hear what they learned about customers and culture through the process.

Moderators
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Lucy Meade

Director of marketing and development, Venture Richmond

Speakers
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Jason Bannon

Director, Marketing & Communications, Ben Franklin Technology Partners
Jason Bannon leads marketing and communications for Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Southeastern Pennsylvania, the most active seed and early-stage investor in technology-focused enterprises in Greater Philadelphia. An ever-curious student for how brand stories evolve, he has more than 15 years experience in building both consumer and B2B-focused brands from both corporate and agency perspectives.
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Chris Fowler

Executive Director, SyracuseFirst
Chris Fowler is the Founder & Executive Director of SyracuseFirst, a not for profit organization of over 425 Locally Owned and Independent businesses dedicated to building a sustainable economy where local businesses thrive and prevent chain proliferation and other trends from displacing local entrepreneurs.
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Chris Horne

Publisher, The Devil Strip; Unbox Akron
A former tutor, salesman, waiter, youth minister and reporter, Chris Horne started "The Devil Strip" as an Akron, Ohio-lovin' arts and culture print magazine that practices narrative placemaking to build community instead of an audience.

Volunteers
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Kelsey Huelsman

Scribe, Volunteer

Thursday April 13, 2017 11:00am - 11:50am
Room 207, JSAAHC Jefferson School African American Heritage Center 233 4th St NW, Charlottesville, VA 22903

11:00am

Equity by Design
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Designers often operate under the assumption that their intention to work in the public interest makes their work inherently good, but this is not enough. Design professionals must be more reflective about what they hope to achieve, and more honest about what they actually do achieve. How might designers move beyond focusing on process or product to address outcomes? How can they hold up new voices and perspectives that can help them innovate around equity? Fundamentally, how might design professionals deliver on the promise of design engagement as a tool in the fight for social justice?

Moderators
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Barbara Brown Wilson

Assistant Professor of Urban and Environmental Planning, UVA
Dr. Wilson’s research and teaching focus on sustainable community development, especially in economically and/or environmentally vulnerable communities, and on the history of urban social movements.

Speakers
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Sarah Corlett

Director, Design Impact
Sarah Corlett specializes in community economic development and works with non-profits to apply creative, design based approaches when solving complicated social issues. In 2011, she joined ArtWorks in Cincinnati to develop, launch and manage ArtWorks’ business development program for artisans and creative entrepreneurs. As Director of Creative Enterprise, Sarah built resources that train, promote and connect creative entrepreneurs in the... Read More →
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Liz Ogbu

Founder & Principal, Studio O
A designer and social change agent, Liz is an expert on social and spatial innovation in challenged urban environments globally. From designing shelters for immigrant day laborers in the U.S. to a water and health social enterprise for low-income Kenyans, Liz has a long history of working to improve these environments. Through her multidisciplinary consulting practice, Studio O, she continues to collaborate with communities to use design to... Read More →
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Dan Pitera

Executive Director, Detroit Collaborative Design Center
Dan Pitera is a political and social activist masquerading as an architect. He is the Executive Director of the Detroit Collaborative Design Center at the Detroit Mercy School of Architecture. Mr. Pitera holds the position that the future and sustainability of any neighborhood lies in the hands of its residents and local organizations. He led the Civic Engagement process for the Detroit Works Project initiated by Mayor Bing, which released its... Read More →

Volunteers
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Katie Deal

Scribe, Volunteer

Thursday April 13, 2017 11:00am - 11:50am
Lewis and Clark Room, Marriott Residence Inn Marriott Residence Inn 315 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22903

11:00am

Climate Adaptation and Resillience
Limited Capacity seats available

The effects of human-induced climate change are being felt in every corner of the United States, with water growing scarcer in dry regions, torrential rains increasing in wet regions, heat waves becoming more common and more severe, and wildfires growing worse. These weather events destroy homes, disrupt commerce, and wipe out infrastructure. Hear how communities on the front lines are experiencing climate change and how, by adapting to cope with its effects, communities, enterprises and institutions can build up their climate change resilience.

Moderators
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Ben McFarlane

Senior Regional Planner, Hampton Roads Planning District Commission
Mr. Benjamin J. McFarlane has been with the HRPDC since 2008, first as a Physical and Environmental Planner and currently as a Regional Planner. During his tenure he has worked on several major projects, including a plan for the Northwest River Watershed in Chesapeake, Virginia and the Hampton Roads Regional Green Infrastructure Plan. Mr. McFarlane also conducts regular research and analysis related to water quality issues, comprehensive and... Read More →

Speakers
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Jori Erdman

Professor, LSU School of Architecture
Jori Erdman is a Professor in School of Architecture at Louisiana State University and member of the Executive Advisory Committee for the LSU Coastal Sustainability Studio. She was the Design Editor of the Journal of Architectural Education from 2007
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Omar Hakeem

Design Director, buildingcommunityWORKSHOP
Omar Hakeem, AIA, is Design Director at buildingcommunityWORKSHOP and leads its Washington DC office. His work seeks to address the systemic poverty, health and resilience issue that plague our nation through thoughtful design and planning. From 2013-2015, Omar lead the Rio Grande Valley office focusing on a geographical, social cultural frontier by addressing the systemic poverty, health and resilience issue that plague the region... Read More →
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Josh Martin

Senior Advisor to the Mayor, City of Charleston
Named as one of the top 30 young professional urban planners in 2009 by Next American City, Josh Martin possesses over fourteen (14) years of public, private, and non-profit sector urban planning and real estate development management experience. Josh has managed numerous strategic real estate development projects including complex mixed-use urban infill projects; development feasibility and financial studies; and retail and commercial schemes... Read More →

Volunteers

Thursday April 13, 2017 11:00am - 11:50am
Room J125 Jefferson School City Center 1st Floor Jefferson School City Center 233 4th St NW, Charlottesville, VA 22903

11:00am

Know Thy City: Ideas to Action
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Data is everywhere - whether it’s generated by automated systems operating in real time or locked away in a row of filing cabinets - that can potentially tell us how our cities are performing and changing. But particularly in small cities, the staff capacity, strategy, and political will to harness this information for better decision making often falls short of futuristic predictions. Over the last year Josh Edwards has led Durham to become a What Works City and a Bloomberg Innovation team grant award winner. This session is an opportunity to share ideas and experiences in improving Performance Management culture and how to shift from internal improvement to also looking beyond organizational walls to tackling broader community challenges.


Moderators
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Josh Edwards

Strategic Initiatives Manager, City of Durham, NC
Josh Edwards is the City of Durham’s Strategic Initiatives Manager and leads the Office of Performance and Innovation (OPI). The OPI team helps all 24 departments accomplish Durham’s “One Vision and Five Goals,” by advancing the City’s Strategic Plan, providing a framework for data driven decision making, fostering a culture of innovation, and leading process improvements.

Volunteers
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Jayson White

Oklahoma City, OK, Volunteer

Thursday April 13, 2017 11:00am - 11:50am
Room 209, JSAAHC Jefferson School African American Heritage Center 233 4th St NW, Charlottesville, VA 22903

11:00am

Upskilling Adult Workers
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In the coming decades working adults will need to learn new skills suited to a very different employment landscape. In the bygone era of lifelong job tenure, unions and employers often negotiated training and advancement opportunities for workers, but that system has declined steeply over the past four decades. What sort of education can engage and retrain the low- and middle-skilled workers whose livelihoods are most threatened by technology today?

Moderators
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Ridge Schuyler

Director, Charlottesville Works Initiative, Piedmont Virginia Community College
Ridge Schuyler graduated from the University of Michigan and the University of Virginia School of Law. Ridge spent 10 years on Capitol Hill serving as Chief of Staff to U.S. Congressman Rick Boucher and Chief Policy Advisor to U.S. Senator Charles S. Robb of Virginia. | | In 2011, Ridge published the Orange Dot Report which analyzed the economic struggles facing a considerable portion of Charlottesville’s families and suggested solutions... Read More →

Speakers
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Dana Calder

Campus Director, The Iron Yard
Dana is the Campus Director for The Iron Yard Durham. She supports students transitioning into a career as junior software developers after completing the 12 week immersive program. She has worked in educational sales and support which included managing a large territory to drive educational content and technology for K-12 and Higher Ed.
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Ace Epps

Akron BMe Community Manager, BMe Community
Certified facilitator, entrepreneur, social activist, community builder and artist/ poet. Ace has over 15 years experience working for nonprofit organizations that focus on entrepreneurship and job readiness training for returning citizens. He has started his own business called the Self Advancement Center where he serves as a business counselor and consultant. He also works as the Akron BMe Community Manager where he build better communities... Read More →

Volunteers
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Bryan VanGronigen

Scribe, Volunteer

Thursday April 13, 2017 11:00am - 11:50am
Room 206, JSAAHC Jefferson School African American Heritage Center 233 4th St NW, Charlottesville, VA 22903

12:00pm

Civic Entrepreneurship: Changing the Way We Change the World
Limited Capacity seats available

Successful entrepreneurship sets off a chain reaction, encouraging other entrepreneurs to iterate upon and ultimately propagate innovation to the point of “creative destruction,” rendering existing products, services, and business models obsolete. We've seen this domino of accelerating innovation at work in the private sector - and our public sector and civic institutions can't keep up. Hear from these policy entrepreneurs and civic innovators about how their work bridges the gap and changes the game.

Moderators
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Roger Dean Huffstetler

Senior Advisor, Tom Tom Founders Festival
Roger Dean “RD” Huffstetler is Senior Advisor to the Hometown Summit, leading strategic partnerships and organizational performance. RD comes to Charlottesville from serving as Chief of Staff to Congressman Seth Moulton (D-MA), a fellow Marine he came to know in graduate school. Prior to working on the Hill, RD was in the San Francisco Bay Area for five years, first at the high-growth startup Twilio and later co-founding a big data... Read More →

Speakers
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Steven Olikara

President and Co-Founder, Millennial Action Project
Steven Olikara is a political entrepreneur, public servant, and Founding President of the Millennial Action Project (MAP). MAP is a national, nonpartisan organization dedicated to activating young policymakers to overcome partisan conflict through cooperative political leadership and governance. In this role, he organized the nation’s first and only bipartisan caucus for young members of Congress, the Congressional Future Caucus. Steven’s... Read More →
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Laura Weidman Powers

Co-founder and CEO, CODE2040
Laura Weidman Powers is the co-founder and CEO of CODE2040, a nonprofit that creates pathways to success in the innovation economy for Blacks and Latino/as. She brings to this work a background in entrepreneurship, nonprofit management, youth development, and technology. | Laura and CODE2040 are based in San Francisco.
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Mayor Levar Stoney

Mayor, City of Richmond, VA
Levar Stoney was raised in Virginia by his grandmother and his father, a custodian. A product of Virginia public schools, Levar grew up on free and reduced lunch and was the first in his family to earn a high school diploma. He went on to graduate from James Madison University, before moving to Richmond to begin a career in public service. Levar rose through the ranks from Fellow in then-Governor Mark Warner’s office to become the... Read More →

Volunteers

Thursday April 13, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Auditorium, JSAAHC Jefferson School African American Heritage Center 233 4th St NW, Charlottesville, VA 22903

1:00pm

Hometown Summit Lunch
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Casual buffet lunch.

Thursday April 13, 2017 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Auditorium, JSAAHC Jefferson School African American Heritage Center 233 4th St NW, Charlottesville, VA 22903

1:00pm

Machine Learning Conference
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REGISTRATION CLOSED

$30 | Get your tickets
Email hometown@tomtomfest.com to upgrade to an All Access or Patron Pass.

Virginia and Charlottesville have seen a blossoming of exciting machine learning work emerging from academia, startups and government endeavours. This one-day event will highlight novel and applied machine learning research that brings together this growing community. See the latest on this event at TomTomFest.com.

FORMAT
Keynotes: The conference will begin with a keynote presentation that highlights new research challenges motivated by data science and machine learning and explores applications in the real world.
Flash Talks: A series of eight rapid fire talks will highlight the strides being made in data science and specifically with machine learning.

STEERING COMMITTEE
Michael Prichard– Founder, Metis Machine
Reginald Leonard – Assistant Director for Career Services, UVA Data Science Institute
Daniel Bailey– Founding Partner, Astraea
Patrick Harrison– Lead Data Scientist, S&P Global Market Intelligence
Sean Gorman – Product Manager, DigitalGlobe
Renee Teate– Data Scientist, HelioCampus

Thursday April 13, 2017 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Violet Crown Cinema 200 W Main St

1:45pm

Preparing Youth for an Unknowable Future
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How might youth meaningfully prepare for an unknowable future? What should our students be learning in order to become informed and active citizens of the 'real world?' How might we empower our students to be the leaders of today and tomorrow? Panelists will share their various perspectives from working in government, education, and more to inform and inspire our 700+ student audience.

This session is part of the Youth Summit, where students, educators, and civic leaders from across Virginia assemble to hear stories from young speakers and participate in high energy challenges that spark entrepreneurial problem solving. The Youth Summit is designed by local high school students who actively engage entrepreneurial skills through a multi-month design process facilitated by Tom Tom and the student-founded ReinventED Lab.

Speakers
avatar for Steven Olikara

Steven Olikara

President and Co-Founder, Millennial Action Project
Steven Olikara is a political entrepreneur, public servant, and Founding President of the Millennial Action Project (MAP). MAP is a national, nonpartisan organization dedicated to activating young policymakers to overcome partisan conflict through cooperative political leadership and governance. In this role, he organized the nation’s first and only bipartisan caucus for young members of Congress, the Congressional Future Caucus. Steven’s... Read More →
avatar for Laura Weidman Powers

Laura Weidman Powers

Co-founder and CEO, CODE2040
Laura Weidman Powers is the co-founder and CEO of CODE2040, a nonprofit that creates pathways to success in the innovation economy for Blacks and Latino/as. She brings to this work a background in entrepreneurship, nonprofit management, youth development, and technology. | Laura and CODE2040 are based in San Francisco.
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Zaakir Tameez

Founder, Houston Independent School District Student Council


Thursday April 13, 2017 1:45pm - 2:30pm
The Paramount Theater, Main Stage 215 E Main St

2:00pm

Getting It Right: Downtown Development Districts
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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.

Moderators
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Jim Cheng

Co-Founder, CAV Angels
Current Angel Investor, 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.

Speakers
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Ric Cavender

Executive Director, Charleston Main Streets
Ric Cavender is the Executive Director of Charleston Main Streets. Ric holds a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in marketing and management from West Virginia State University. His background includes over 15 years of organizational and project management in both the non-profit and for-profit sectors. Ric has been named one of West Virginia's Generation Next Top 40 Under 40 award winners by the State Journal... Read More →
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Bradley Jones

President and CEO, Harristown Development Corporation
Effective January, 2015 Brad became President and CEO of Harristown Development Corporation. He oversees the ownership and management of over 2.5 Million s.f. of real estate, including about 60 retail and commercial tenants, and Strawberry Square in downtown Harrisburg and a staff of over 150 employees. He leads the development efforts of Harristown, which has been involved in over $500 Million of mixed use projects in downtown Harrisburg since... 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 levels. Clients have called on Ben for governmental affairs at the Federal, State and local levels to advocate for strong public investment or ensuring the passage 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 as CRDA's chief strategist, utilizing his experience in corporate brand management to oversee research and planning initiatives that guide regional economic... Read More →

Volunteers
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Jayson White

Oklahoma City, OK, Volunteer

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

2:00pm

What Role Should Universities Play in Cities?
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What role should our universities play in the 21st century? Do we need a new generation of land-grant institutions? Are our current institutions of higher education fulfilling their educational missions? Additionally, what responsibility do universities have to the cities in which they exist, and the populations that they employ? This session takes a close look at a variety of models for high-impact town-gown collaboration, including tech transfer and venture creation, working world-class cultural amenities into the urban fabric, equitable statewide employment, and co-investment in downtown renewal.

Moderators
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William Sherman

Associate Vice President for Research in Design, Arts and Humanities, University of Virginia
William Sherman is the Lawrence Lewis, Jr. Professor of Architecture, Associate Vice President for Research in Design, Arts and Humanities, and the Founding Director of OpenGrounds at the University of Virginia. As an architect and educator, his teaching and design research examine dynamic cultural and environmental processes in architectural design, ranging in scale from human physiology to the city to global energy flows. His work explores... Read More →

Speakers
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Sarah Cunningham

Executive Director of Research, School of the Arts, Virginia Commonwealth University
As Executive Director of Research at VCU School of the Arts, Dr. Cunningham works with the school, faculty, and students to expand VCU’s presence as an international leader in arts research.Prior to VCU Arts, Dr. Cunningham served as the Director for Arts Education at the National Endowment for the Arts, providing national leadership in all artistic disciplines. In addition to chairing the panel review process, Cunningham led several NEA... Read More →
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Scott Selig

Associate Vice President For Capital Assets, Duke Financial Services, Real Estate
Scott Selig, is the Associate Vice President of Capital Assets and Real for Duke University and the Duke Health. Scott has 30 years’ experience in both the public and private sectors of the commercial real industry . | | Scott is charged with developing and implementing the overall real estate strategy for Duke University and the Duke University Health System. Scott is acting in the lead role for Duke University regarding the... Read More →
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Elizabeth Smyth

Senior Director, Strategic Initiatives, Johns Hopkins Technology Ventures
Elizabeth Smyth serves as Senior Director of Strategic Initiatives at Johns Hopkins Technology Ventures. In this role, she works to ensure that JHTV’s resources are deployed effectively to enhance commercialization activities across the university and economic development regionally. Prior to JHTV, Elizabeth worked in a variety of roles in both industry and government providing management and communication strategy. This included positions at... Read More →

Volunteers
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Hung Truong

Scribe, Volunteer

Thursday April 13, 2017 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Room 207, JSAAHC Jefferson School African American Heritage Center 233 4th St NW, Charlottesville, VA 22903

2:00pm

How Do Cities Create Vital Public Art?
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Keith Haring said that, “the public needs art, and it is the responsibility of a ‘self-proclaimed artist’ to realize that the public needs art.” Perhaps it is equally the responsibility of a community to realize that it needs artists, but the process of curating culture is fraught and often bogged down by process. What do we know about public art that inspires, and what does that look like in small cities? This session explores creative ecosystems holistically, from artisans, to arts programming, to events, to citywide murals.

Moderators
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Mickael Broth

Co-Founder, Welcoming Walls
Mickael Broth is a Richmond Virginia-based artist, muralist, and writer. Broth moved to Richmond in 2001 with the intention of painting as much graffiti as possible. His involvement in vandalism was halted abruptly with his arrest in 2004 and subsequent ten-month jail term for his crimes. Since that time, he has gone on to pursue a successful and active career in the arts. He was awarded a Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Professional Fellowship in... Read More →

Speakers
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Monica Diodati

Project Manager, Better Block
Monica joined Better Block in 2014 as communications director, and began managing projects in 2015. She also organizes outdoor markets under her company, Little D Markets, and runs a nonprofit that raises awareness for the Trinity River in Dallas.
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Nicole Mullet

Executive Director, ArtsNow
Nicole Mullet serves as the Executive Director of ArtsNow, an organization which seeks to support arts, culture & community in Summit County, Ohio. Nicole is passionate about connecting people to places with an eye on talent attraction and retention.
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Marie Schacht

Director, Hopscotch Design Festival
Marie believes in ruckus making and positivity. She works to help make the world more fun. Besides loving to ask questions and turn strangers into friends, she's the Director of Hopscotch Design Festival in Raleigh, NC and a coach for the altMBA.
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Dan Swartz

Founder/Curator, Wunderkammer Company
Dan Swartz is an artist, entrepreneur, and writer based in Fort Wayne, Indiana. In the past Swartz has worked with nonprofit and for profit art spaces, equity and venture capital firms, and economic development agencies. Currently, Swartz is building a creative community through WunderkammerCompany, a non-profit contemporary art center exploring the intersections of economic development and arts. Swartz enjoys meeting new people, talking about... Read More →

Volunteers
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Kate LeCroy

Scribe, Volunteer

Thursday April 13, 2017 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Room 209, JSAAHC Jefferson School African American Heritage Center 233 4th St NW, Charlottesville, VA 22903

2:00pm

The UX of Unemployment
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It’s bad enough to be out of work, but try filing for unemployment benefits, finding job openings that fit your skill sets, navigating public transit to get to job interviews, going through training that may or may not result in a job, and getting bumped off benefits for taking gigs that could lead to full-time employment. This is the “UX” of unemployment, and it’s broken. The good news is that cities, communities, and employers have the power to revolutionize the unemployment experience--and at a relatively low cost--by making use of a more user-driven mindset.

Moderators
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Alex Johnston

Founder, Cities Reimagined
Alex Johnston is the founder of Cities Reimagined, a civic engagement firm that equips mayors and city leaders with low-cost, data driven solutions to urban challenges like income inequality, workforce gaps, and rising poverty rates.

Speakers
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Ed Boyd

Chief Strategy Officer/Board Chair, iNvictus Group Holdings, LLC./iNvictus Forward Outreach
Edward R. Boyd, Jr. is a lifelong serial entrepreneur, educator and executive. He has owned childcare facilities, taught in public and charter schools and served in the non­-profit sector primarily working with urban adolescents, focusing on national and neighborhood gang prevention, intervention and sustaining. Ed co-­founded the Durham H.A.W.K.S. (Helping All Willing Kids Succeed). While remaining very active mentoring entrepreneurs and... Read More →
DC

Daniel Cowen

Daniel Cowen is the Deputy Director of Economic Inclusion at CenterState CEO and is responsible for helping shape the mission, vision and goals of the portfolio. Daniel also works with staff in implementing, sustaining, and scaling the portfolio’s successful programs: Work Train, Up Start and Northside UP. In addition to his role as Deputy Director, Daniel serves as the Program Director for CenterState CEO’s Up Start business development... Read More →
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Elizabeth Linos

VP, Head of Research and Evaluation, Behavioral Insights Team, North America
Elizabeth is Vice President and Head of Research and Evaluation at BIT North America. Her research centers on how to improve government performance, with a specific focus on recruiting, retaining and motivating public servants. She has led a series of projects on city-level innovation, as part of the “What Works Cities” initiative, as well as organizational behavior projects with the police, teachers, social workers and other civil... Read More →

Volunteers
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Kirtana Pathak

Scribe, Volunteer

Thursday April 13, 2017 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Room J125 Jefferson School City Center 1st Floor Jefferson School City Center 233 4th St NW, Charlottesville, VA 22903

2:35pm

Gov. Terry McAuliffe on Education and Youth Agency
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Inspire and be inspired ath the Youth Summit. Students, educators, and civic leaders from across Virginia assemble to hear stories from young speakers and participate in high energy challenges that spark entrepreneurial problem solving. The Youth Summit is designed by local high school students who actively engage entrepreneurial skills through a multi-month design process facilitated by Tom Tom and the student-founded ReinventED Lab.

Speakers
avatar for Governor Terry McAuliffe

Governor Terry McAuliffe

Governor, Commonwealth of Virginia
Terry McAuliffe is the 72nd Governor of Virginia. Since being sworn-into office, Governor McAuliffe has aggressively focused on building a new Virginia economy.  Whether traveling to Bedford or Beijing, Governor McAuliffe has made it clear that his number one priority is economic development and he is working hard to create and maintain jobs throughout the Commonwealth.  The Governor is also working to restore trust in government... Read More →


Thursday April 13, 2017 2:35pm - 3:15pm
The Paramount Theater, Main Stage 215 E Main St

3:00pm

City As Software
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Technology in government has reached an inflection point. With states and localities themselves spending nearly $100 billion annually on IT, the public sector has always been a massive consumer of technology and a major market for the companies serving them. But over the last several years there has been a fundamental shift in what was a surprisingly staid market. Gov tech is a growing portfolio of truly scalable, digital solutions addressing the tough, complicated problems that governments face, from health care and public finance to urban planning and public safety. It combines public-sector mission and private-sector entrepreneurship and innovation, bringing with it engineering prowess and financial resources otherwise unavailable to government. Meet entrepreneurs and activists on the cutting edge of this uniquely disruptive moment in the evolution of technology and the relationship between public and private sectors.


Moderators
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Emefa Addo Agawu

Program Associate for the Cybersecurity Initiative, New America
Emefa Agawu is a program associate in New America's Cybersecurity Initiative, where she runs a project on State and Local Cybersecurity. She joins New America from Princeton University, where she worked for Dr. Jake Shapiro on the Empirical Studies of Conflict (ESOC) Project at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. | Emefa has a BA in political science from Yale University. She hails from New Jersey and Ghana.

Speakers
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Sheila Dugan

Senior Implementation Advisor, Cities, Center for Government Excellence at Johns Hopkins University
At the Center for Government Excellence at Johns Hopkins University, Sheila works with cities on strengthening their open data and performance management programs. She worked on broadband adoption and access programs before joining GovEx. As EveryoneOn’s former Chief Marketing Officer, she collaborated with nonprofits and government agencies to promote affordable internet service and devices to unconnected households across the United States... Read More →
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Bratton Riley

Founder, Citibot
Bratton is the CEO of Citibot in Charleston, SC. Citibot enhances citizen engagement by interactively connecting cities and citizens through a conversational customer service experience via text, email, and the messenger apps. | | Bratton Riley led Business Development for Maybank Industries, LLC, a group of companies focused on local and global maritime operations with services ranging from ship terminal operations, marine logistics, steamship... Read More →
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Caroline Smith

Co-Director of Marketing, SeeClickFix
Caroline Smith is a community organizer working with many others to build towards a vision of a more equitable, connected Yale-New Haven community. After graduating from Yale University, she works as the Co-Director of Marketing at SeeClickFix — a civic technology company that connects citizens with their local governments. She is the Co-Organizer of New Haven Bike Month and Co-Founder of Collaboratory. She’s received the Yale... Read More →

Volunteers
JW

Jayson White

Oklahoma City, OK, Volunteer

Thursday April 13, 2017 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Room 206, JSAAHC Jefferson School African American Heritage Center 233 4th St NW, Charlottesville, VA 22903

3:00pm

Can Local Media Change the Narrative of a City?
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Many cities are gripped by negative narratives. Whether it’s “town and gown don’t mix” or “this is where the factory used to be,” there are a host of backward-looking stories that define our communities.  Local media--whether it’s an arts and culture weekly highlighting a city’s restaurants and galleries, or local news coverage that engages citizens in zoning decisions--can help cities overcome stale and unproductive identities, and engage citizens in positive narratives about where they live. Join these local media leaders for a conversation about the importance of vibrant journalism--and how it can thrive in an era of diminishing ad revenue.



Moderators
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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 →

Speakers
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Chris Horne

Publisher, The Devil Strip; Unbox Akron
A former tutor, salesman, waiter, youth minister and reporter, Chris Horne started "The Devil Strip" as an Akron, Ohio-lovin' arts and culture print magazine that practices narrative placemaking to build community instead of an audience.
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Ben Speggen

Program Director, Jefferson Educational Society
Ben Speggen joined The Jefferson Educational Society in February 2015 as its Program Developer, curating the think tank's educational programming. In November 2015, he was named the think tank's Program Director. Putting to good use two degrees in English, he writes press releases and edits The Jefferson's publications, ranging from essays to biographies and beyond. He also serves as the director for the think tank's Leadership Academy, which... Read More →
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Kent Wyatt

Co-Founder, Engaging Local Government Leaders
Kent is the co-founder of the Engaging Local Government Leaders (ELGL). ELGL is a nationwide organization of more than 1,900 members from 40 states who are committed to connecting, educating, and communicating with all stakeholders in the local government arena.

Volunteers
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Kirtana Pathak

Scribe, Volunteer

Thursday April 13, 2017 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Room J125 Jefferson School City Center 1st Floor Jefferson School City Center 233 4th St NW, Charlottesville, VA 22903

3:00pm

The Shape of Things to Come: How Land Use Policy Can Help or Hinder Your City's Entrepreneurs
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Do your zoning codes allow for mixed-use buildings, in which a shop owner runs her business on the first floor and lives upstairs? Would current codes allow for a vacant home to be turned into a store? Are food trucks permitted in your community? Can people manufacture things within your city’s limits? Buying, renting or renovating a building for a new business can be extremely costly. If your community allows for the creative use of space, diverse income streams, and smaller options than the typical stand-alone store, you’ve lowered the barriers to entry for small business owners.

Moderators
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Scott Beyer

Writer, Forbes
Scott Beyer is a journalist who focuses on urban American issues. He writes columns for Forbes and Governing Magazine, and is the editor of daily content at MarketUrbanism.com. He is currently on a 3-year cross-country trip--living for a month each in 30 different U.S. cities--to write a book about they how can be revived through "Market Urbanism". | | Along with doing regular speeches and media appearances, Scott also regularly publishes... Read More →

Speakers
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Jonathan Coppage

Visiting Senior Fellow, R Street Institute
Jonathan Coppage is a visiting senior fellow with the R Street Institute, where he studies regulatory obstacles to the traditional, walkable neighborhood development patterns that strengthen communities both socially and fiscally. He is a contributing editor to The American Conservative magazine, where he edited the New Urbs project before joining R Street, and has also been published in The Washington Post, First Things, and National Review... Read More →
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Michael Hendrix

Senior Director, Emerging Issues & Research, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation
As the senior director for emerging issues and research at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, Michael Hendrix leads the Foundation’s public policy research and outreach. In addition, Hendrix directs the Foundation’s Cities & States Initiative, which educates community leaders in practical solutions for creating entrepreneurial opportunity and thriving economies. Hendrix is a frequent author and speaker on economic development, startups... Read More →
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Lee Wellington

Executive Director, Urban Manufacturing Alliance
Lee Wellington has dedicated her career to industrial and community development for over a decade. Before joining the UMA as our Founding Executive Director, Lee directed a New York City Council Member’s legislative priorities and land use decisions as Chief of Staff; helped create NYC’s Industrial Business Zones and a broader industrial policy for the NYC Mayor’s Office of Industrial and Manufacturing Businesses; and... Read More →

Volunteers
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Hung Truong

Scribe, Volunteer

Thursday April 13, 2017 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Room 207, JSAAHC Jefferson School African American Heritage Center 233 4th St NW, Charlottesville, VA 22903

3:00pm

Finding the Political Will for Change
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Partisanship in recent years has reached its most extreme levels on record. Numerous polarizing forces, worsened by fear-based campaign fundraising and media echo chambers, have served as a barrier to what we elected our leaders to do: govern. That makes our society terribly vulnerable at  a moment when we face historic challenges to our institutions and economy. So what can we do to combat extreme partisanship and restore a governing system that works? Steven Olikara, founder of the Millennial Action Project, suggests that the path forward lies in a post-partisan agenda championed by a new generation of political leaders. This session is an opportunity to understand the current political crisis, and discover opportunities for forward momentum.

Moderators
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Steven Olikara

President and Co-Founder, Millennial Action Project
Steven Olikara is a political entrepreneur, public servant, and Founding President of the Millennial Action Project (MAP). MAP is a national, nonpartisan organization dedicated to activating young policymakers to overcome partisan conflict through cooperative political leadership and governance. In this role, he organized the nation’s first and only bipartisan caucus for young members of Congress, the Congressional Future Caucus. Steven’s... Read More →

Volunteers
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Margaret Chen

Volunteer

Thursday April 13, 2017 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Carver Recreation Center Classroom Jefferson School City Center 233 4th St NW Charlottesville, VA 22903

3:00pm

The Public Library in 2030
Limited Capacity seats available

There are more libraries in the United States--over 9,000--than there are McDonald's restaurants. This tremendous infrastructure of tax-supported learning institutions blossomed around the turn of the last century, as a resource allowing children and adults not only to improve their literacy, but to gain the knowledge  required by the emerging trades of the modern industrial era. As our country enters a new era of technological and economic change, how can libraries once again emerge as “lyceums”--centers of education, skill development, and civic association?

Moderators
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Amy Garmer

Director, Aspen Institute Dialogue on Public Libraries, The Aspen Institute
Amy Garmer is the Director of the Aspen Institute Dialogue on Public Libraries, a multi-year initiative on the future of public libraries created in partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation that brings together leaders, visionaries and practitioners from diverse stakeholder groups to explore the development of an asset-based approach to re-envisioning public libraries in the 21st century. Amy has spent two decades in public policy... Read More →

Speakers
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David Farnan

Library & Arts Director, City of Boulder
David is the library and arts director for the City of Boulder. He has worked in libraries for 20+ years and holds a masters in library and information science from Florida State University and bachelors in history from the University of Missouri.
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Corinne Hill

Executive Director, Chattanooga Public Library

Volunteers
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Kate LeCroy

Scribe, Volunteer

Thursday April 13, 2017 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Room 209, JSAAHC Jefferson School African American Heritage Center 233 4th St NW, Charlottesville, VA 22903

4:00pm

Jane's Walk: Strategic Investment Area
Jane's Walk is a movement of free, citizen-led walking tours inspired by Jane Jacobs. The walks get people to tell stories about their communities, explore their cities, and connect with neighbours. This Walk explores the Strategic Investment Area, an initiative to identify and shape potential redevelopment opportunities in a 330-acre section of Central Charlottesville into a walkable, mixed-income, and mixed-use neighborhood. Current residential areas include two Charlottesville Redevelopment and Housing Authority sites and the subsidized Friendship Court community. Led by City Councilor and Architect Kathy Galvin, entrepreneur and resident of Friendship Court, Toni Eubanks, and Piedmont Housing Alliance Community Organizer and urban planner, Claudette Grant, this walk explores the tensions between an opportunity for progress and fears of displacement. MEET IN THE AUDITORIUM OF THE JSAAHC.


Moderators
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Toni Eubanks

Owner, Push Mommies
Toni Eubanks is the owner of Push Mommies, an in-home daycare service with the mission to help families who are struggling with affordable childcare. A native of Charlottesville, Toni has been an advocate for her community as the former Youth Program Coordinator for the Piedmont Housing Alliance, a Community Organizer for The Bridge Progressive Art Initiative, and Nursery Director at Sojourners United Church of Christ. She has served on the Board... Read More →
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Kathleen Galvin

Architect and City Councilor, Galvin Architects and Charlottesville City Council
Ms. Galvin is a registered architect with her own practice in Virginia. She’s been a lead urban designer on such projects as the Crozet Master Plan, Old Trail Village, and the Places29 Master Plan and Transportation Study and is currently adjunct faculty at the University of Virginia where she teaches walkable neighborhood design. She has a BA in Economics and Geography from Boston University and an MA in Architecture from the University of... Read More →
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Claudette Grant

Community Organizer, Piedmont Housing Alliance
As a Community Organizer with Piedmont Housing Alliance, Claudette designs, organizes and sustains a framework for resident participation in the planning for redevelopment of Friendship Court, a low–income housing development located in Charlottesville, Virginia. Claudette has nearly thirty years of experience working in housing, neighborhoods, and community development. She has held the position of Senior Planner with both Albemarle County and... Read More →

Volunteers
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Margaret Chen

Volunteer

Thursday April 13, 2017 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Meet in Auditorium, JSAAHC

4:00pm

Tom Tom Pub Crawl
This pub crawl features bars crafting specialty “Tom Tom” cocktails made with local spirits and ingredients, as part of our Craft Cocktail competition. Patrons will vote for their favorites throughout the week, and a panel of judges will also crown a winner.  The winning cocktail and mixologist will be announced at the end of the festival.

Thursday April 13, 2017 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Location TBD

4:00pm

Tour of the University of Virginia
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Opened in 1825 and still the historic and ceremonial core of the University of Virginia, the Academical Village represents Thomas Jefferson’s vision of a holistic learning environment carried beyond the classroom. Jefferson was influenced by Palladio and Greco-Roman architecture and consulted with architects William Thornton and Benjamin Latrobe on the design. His plan consists of a 200-foot wide open lawn, set into three tiers and lined with deciduous trees, with rows of interconnected buildings enclosing the long east and west sides and the Rotunda anchoring the northern edge. Jefferson’s Rotunda was inspired by the Pantheon in Rome and served as the school’s library. This UNESCO World Heritage Site remains a working residence for students and faculty to this day. Tour “the Lawn” and “Grounds” with current Wahoos.


Volunteers

Thursday April 13, 2017 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Meet in Auditorium, JSAAHC

6:00pm

Innovations in Energy: The Future of Renewables
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See the latest on Innovations in Energy: The Future of Renewables at TomTomFest.com.

This 90 minute program will feature two distinguished keynotes: Lester Brown and Jerome Ringo.
 
Lester Brown, Founder of Earth Policy Institute, is one of the world’s most widely published authors, including the instant classic, Eco-Economy: Building and Economy for the Earth. Jerome Ringo, Founder and Chairman of Zoetic Energy, has led two of the largest environmental organizations, National Wildlife Federation and the Apollo Alliance, both of which have millions of members.

Charlottesville is growing as a renewable energy hub, where strategic and innovative research and local entrepreneurship are shaping the region’s startup brand and having global impact. Innovations in Energy will showcase advances in clean energy and feature renewable energy leaders in the region through a keynote panel of entrepreneurs, academics, and policy makers, followed by “flash talks” of big ideas.

Speakers
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Lester Brown

The Washington Post calls Lester Brown “one of the world’s most influential thinkers.” The Telegraph of Calcutta refers to him as “the guru of the environmental movement.” In 1986, the Library of Congress requested his personal papers noting that his writings “have already strongly affected thinking about problems of world population and resources.” | | Brown started his career as a farmer, growing tomatoes in southern New... Read More →
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Patrick Hopkins

Associate Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University of Virginia
Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, UVA School of Engineering and Applied Science
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Eric Loth

Professor of Engineering and Chair of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, University of Virginia
UVA School of Engineering and Applied Science; Chair, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
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Rich Allevi

Co-founder and Director of Operations, Sun Tribe Solar
As Co-founder and Director of Operations at Sun Tribe Solar, Rich Allevi uses his extensive industry experience to manage the overall growth strategy of the company. Through his efforts in the development and continual improvement of internal processes, as well as his ability to identify market opportunities in the solar energy sector, Rich acts as a strong member of the core management team.   Before co-founding Sun Tribe Solar, Rich... Read More →
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Jerome Ringo

Jerome Ringo is the founder and chairman of Zoetic Energy, a leading edge renewable energy developer. Zoetic is the culmination of Mr. Ringo’s life’s long work to promote sustainable development through the use of clean technology solution. He is an internationally recognized thought leader on global environmental issues and has led two of the largest environmental organizations in the world, the 6-million-member National Wildlife... Read More →


Thursday April 13, 2017 6:00pm - 7:30pm
The Paramount Theater, Main Stage 215 E Main St

8:00pm

Innovations in Democracy: First 100 Days of Trump
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Read more about "Innovations in Democracy: First 100 Days of Trump" on TomTomFest.com.


April 13 is Thomas Jefferson’s birthday. Charlottesville, Virginia was his home, alongside three other Founding Fathers whose influence on American democracy is difficult to overstate. At the sixth annual Tom Tom Founders Festival, we will sit down with some of the nation’s leading presidential scholars and journalists covering the White House to assess President Trump at 100 Days, the state of American democracy, where we’re headed, and what some of the big ideas are for our collective future.

Segment 1: Keynote ConversationKeynote Speakers include Mark Warner, United States Senator, and Bill Antholis, Director and CEO of the Miller Center.
Segment 2:  BackStory Panel on History of Media and the Presidency BackStory’s Ed Ayers and Brian Balogh welcome Christa Dierksheide, a historian at the Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies at Monticello, to a panel discussion on the “History of Media and the Presidency.”
Segment 3: Miller Center – Innovations in the Media Speakers will include Peter Baker, chief White House correspondent of The New York Times; Chris Cillizza, political commentator and writer of “The Fix” at the Washington Post; Russell Riley, co-director of the Presidential Oral History Program at the Miller Center; Douglas A. Blackmon, Pulitzer Prize-winning author and host of the Miller Center’s American Forum TV program; and Nicole Hemmer, columnist for US News & World Report and Vox.com and assistant professor of presidential studies at the Miller Center.

Speakers
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Bill Antholis

Miller Center at the University of Virginia, Director and CEO
Bill Antholis serves as Director and CEO of the Miller Center, a nonpartisan affiliate of the University of Virginia that specializes in presidential scholarship, public policy, and political history. | | Immediately prior, he served as managing director at The Brookings Institution from 2004 to 2014. In that capacity, he worked directly with Brookings’ president and vice presidents to help manage the full range of policy studies, develop new... Read More →
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Ed Ayers

President Emeritus and Tucker-Boatwright Professor of the Humanities, University of Richmond
Ed Ayers is President Emeritus and Tucker-Boatwright Professor of the Humanities at the University of Richmond. He is also former Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences and Professor of History at the University of Virginia and winner of the 2013 National Humanities Medal. Ed Ayers has written and edited ten books, including In the Presence of Mine Enemies: Civil War in the Heart of America, winner of both the Bancroft Prize and the Beveridge... Read More →
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Peter Baker

Chief White House Correspondent, The New York Times
Peter Baker is the chief White House correspondent for The New York Times covering President Donald J. Trump. He previously covered the presidencies of Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton for The Times and The Washington Post winning the Gerald R. Ford Prize for Distinguished Reporting on the Presidency and the Aldo Beckman Memorial Award for White House coverage. He is the author of: Days of Fire: Bush and Cheney in the White House... Read More →
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Brian Balogh

Compton Professor and Chair of the National Fellowship Program, Miller Center of Public Affairs
Brian Balogh is Compton Professor and Chair of the National Fellowship Program at UVa’s Miller Center of Public Affairs and Professor in the Department of History at the University of Virginia. Brian Balogh is the author of The Associational State: American Governance in the Twentieth Century and A Government Out of Sight: The Mystery of National Authority in Nineteenth-Century America and is currently at work on In the Nation’s Backyard: How... Read More →
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Douglas A. Blackmon

Executive Producer, American Forum
Douglas A. Blackmon is a Pulitzer Prize winning writer and filmmaker. His first book, Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II, won the Pulitzer-Prize in 2009. He is currently host and executive producer of the nationally broadcast weekly public television program American Forum, produced at the University of Virginia’s Miller Center. Formerly, he was senior national correspondent at... Read More →
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Chris Cillizza

Journalist and Political Commentator, The Washington Post
Chris Cillizza writes “The Fix,” a politics blog for The Washington Post covering American electoral politics, the White House, gubernatorial, and Congressional elections. He also hosts the Ciquizza podcast. Cillizza frequently appears as a guest on various news outlets including, NBC, CBS, ABC, MSNBC, Fox News Channel and CNN to talk politics.
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Senator Mark Warner

Virginia, United States Senate
The first in his family to graduate from college, Mark Warner spent 20 years as a successful technology entrepreneur and business leader in Virginia before he was elected Governor in 2001. When he left the Governor’s Office in 2006, Virginia was ranked as the best state for business, the best managed state, and the best state in which to receive a public education. | Governor Warner was elected to the United States Senate in 2008, where... Read More →


Thursday April 13, 2017 8:00pm - 9:30pm
The Paramount Theater, Main Stage 215 E Main St
 
Friday, April 14
 

8:00am

Hometown Summit Breakfast
Limited Capacity seats available

Join other Hometowners for light breakfast and coffee.

Friday April 14, 2017 8:00am - 8:30am
Auditorium, JSAAHC Jefferson School African American Heritage Center 233 4th St NW, Charlottesville, VA 22903

8:00am

Friday Registration
Pick up your pre-printed badge, lanyard, and other materials at registration.

Friday April 14, 2017 8:00am - 2:00pm
The Jefferson School African American Heritage Center 233 4th St NW, Charlottesville, VA 22903

8:30am

Expanding Access to Capital in Small Cities
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Seventy-three percent of capital in the U.S. flows into three square miles of California. That means there’s a huge opportunity for value investing in under-resourced communities around the country. This session looks at different types of capital, from micro-grants for social entrepreneurs, to loans for small business, to angel funding for startups, to the world of larger funds for scalable ventures. Seeking to move  beyond the “one size fits all” approach, this conversation also examines which situations require more funding, and which situations might be better served by other forms of capital, such as partnerships, training, or space.

Moderators
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Ross Baird

Founder and Executive Director, Village Capital
Ross Baird is the founder and Executive Director of Village Capital, an organization that sources, trains, and invests in entrepreneurs solving major global challenges, using a peer review process that delivers better results for entrepreneurs and investors. Founded in 2009, Village Capital has supported over 500 entrepreneurs that have gone on to... Read More →

Speakers
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Jessica Feingold

Senior Development Manager, Kiva
Jess Feingold helps great social entrepreneurs grow their impact. With Kiva, she has been a driving force in scaling Kiva US to new cities including New York City, Milwaukee, Baltimore, and Columbus and launching corporate engagement programs that give employees a chance to lend directly to global entrepreneurs. Previously, Jess was a Partner and the Director of Partnerships at Ashoka Changemakers, where she helped corporations partner with... Read More →
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Ryan Frew

Associate Director, Duke Angel Network
Ryan Frew is the Associate Director of the Duke Angel Network, which facilitates investments in early-stage companies with an affiliation with Duke University on behalf of Duke-affiliated angel investors. He is responsible for the sourcing, due diligence, and execution of investments, as well as providing ongoing support and advice to companies in the DAN portfolio. Ryan helped to launch and manage DAN during its first year of operation while... Read More →
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Ryan Glenn

Director of Statewide Initiatives, Ben Franklin Technology Partners
Ryan Glenn serves as Director of Statewide Initiatives for the Ben Franklin Technology Partners. In this role he coordinates all marketing, funding and outside partnerships that the four regionally-based Ben Franklin centers undertake as a network.

Volunteers
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Lily Ouyang

Scribe, Volunteer

Friday April 14, 2017 8:30am - 9:45am
Room 207, JSAAHC Jefferson School African American Heritage Center 233 4th St NW, Charlottesville, VA 22903

8:30am

Creative Placemaking Panel and Breakfast
Limited Capacity seats available

Many communities have begun to engage in a process known as “creative placemaking,” whereby artists, arts organizations, and community development practitioners intentionally integrate arts and culture into community revitalization work--placing arts at the table with land-use, transportation, economic development, education, housing, infrastructure, and public safety strategies. Presenters on this panel will share case studies and techniques from the National Endowment for the Arts’ (NEA) “Our Town” grant program and the Urban Land Institute’s creative placemaking portfolio, and local practitioners will talk about how to do such work effectively.  The session will illuminate a variety of approaches that seed innovation via creative placemaking and help foster better places across America.

Moderators
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Jason Schupbach

Director of Design and Creative Placemaking, National Endowment for the Arts
Jason Schupbach is the Director of Design Programs for the National Endowment for the Arts, where he oversees all design and creative placemaking grantmaking and partnerships, including Our Town and Design Art Works grants, the Mayor’s Institute on City Design, the Citizens’ Institute on Rural Design, and the NEA's Federal agency collaborations. Previous to his current position, Jason served Governor Patrick of Massachusetts as the Creative... Read More →

Speakers
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Juanita Hardy

Senior Visiting Fellow, Urban Land Institute
Juanita Hardy is the ULI Senior Visiting Fellow for Creative Placemaking. Her work will support the Institute’s Building Healthy Places Initiative by deepening and broadening ULI’s focus on creative placemaking in its content and program areas, and through its District Council regional offices across the US. She has over 43 years of business experience, including 31 years with IBM where she retired in 2006, and over 30 years in the arts as... Read More →
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Liz Ogbu

Founder & Principal, Studio O
A designer and social change agent, Liz is an expert on social and spatial innovation in challenged urban environments globally. From designing shelters for immigrant day laborers in the U.S. to a water and health social enterprise for low-income Kenyans, Liz has a long history of working to improve these environments. Through her multidisciplinary consulting practice, Studio O, she continues to collaborate with communities to use design to... Read More →
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Teal Thibaud

Founder, Glass House Collective
Teal started working in Community Development almost seven years ago after an initial career in Communications and Advertising. She cofounded and is now the Executive Director of a small nonprofit in Chattanooga, TN called Glass House Collective. Her organization is utilizing arts and culture to shape the physical, social and economic future of East Chattanooga along Glass Street. She’s passionate about taking action —large or small— to... Read More →

Volunteers
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Lexi Luo

Scribe, Volunteer
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Hung Truong

Scribe, Volunteer

Friday April 14, 2017 8:30am - 9:45am
Auditorium, JSAAHC Jefferson School African American Heritage Center 233 4th St NW, Charlottesville, VA 22903

10:00am

Who Constructs the Future? Activating Citizen Leadership
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Where are there opportunities for citizens to play a role in making decisions? How can power be redistributed? How can civic engagement be imbued with thoughtfulness and creativity? This conversation gathers a group of community organizers and artists working to rethink democracy and empower citizens to shape the future of their cities.

Moderators
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Matthew Slaats

Creative Director, PauseLab
Matthew Slaats is an artist, designer, teacher, organizer, and activist, focusing on participatory modes of democracy that strengthen resident voices in defining the future of their neighborhoods. Matthew works at the University of Virginia’s Open Grounds, and serves as the Creative Director of PauseLab, a Charlottesville based non-profit focused on community engagement, placemaking, and design thinking.

Speakers
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Miranda Bogen

Associate, Upturn
Miranda Bogen in an Associate at Upturn, a technology policy group that focuses on civil rights issues on the local and national level. She holds degrees from UCLA and The Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy.
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Alyssa Doom

Open Cities Project Manager, The Sunlight Foundation
Alyssa is the Open Cities Project Manager for Sunlight’s Policy team, helping to advance open data on the local level. In this role, she conducts research and creates resources related to Sunlight’s state and local policy priorities, provides feedback on state and local open data initiatives, and represents the organization at local and national meetings related to Sunlight’s work. Alyssa previously served as an investigator for the... Read More →

Volunteers
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Lexi Luo

Scribe, Volunteer
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Lily Ouyang

Scribe, Volunteer

Friday April 14, 2017 10:00am - 10:50am
Room 207, JSAAHC Jefferson School African American Heritage Center 233 4th St NW, Charlottesville, VA 22903

10:00am

The Workplace of the Future
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Technology has upended traditional notions of the “workplace,” and the difference between home and office has all but disappeared. A new class of workers roam the streets looking for places to get their jobs done, gathering in a new kind of office, known as a “coworking space.” The numbers of such spaces have multiplied during the last few years, filling a niche for those who need more than a cafe, but less than an office. What have we learned about the social nature of collaboration and teams from these new “third places”?

Moderators
avatar for Natalie Batman

Natalie Batman

Co-founder, Studio IX

Speakers
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Tony Bacigalupo

Mayor, New Work Cities
Tony Bacigalupo runs New Work Cities, an organization dedicated to supporting organizers building better communities for independent workers everywhere. The New Work Cities network includes over 20 coworking spaces in cities all over the world. From 2008 to 2015, the organization founded a coworking space in New York called New Work City. It was one of the city’s first and most prominent coworking spaces. Tony is also a Director at Open... Read More →
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Matt Busby

Director of The Camp House, The Camp House
Matt Busby is passionate about creating third spaces that foster community and cultivate culture. Since 2012, he has been the Director of The Camp House, a cafe, venue, and gathering space at the heart of the Innovation District in Chattanooga, TN. Ordained in 2012, he also serves as the Pastor of Cultural Engagement for the Mission Chattanooga where he explores the threshold of faith and culture. Matt regularly consults with existing churches... Read More →
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Ariel Lev

Director, CoLab
Ariel is the director of the CoLab, Roanoke Virginia's largest coworking space and resource hub for small businesses and entrepreneurs. Ariel also was the organizer for the 6th annual CityWorks (X)po, a placemaking conference.

Volunteers
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Beki San Martin

Scribe, Volunteer

Friday April 14, 2017 10:00am - 10:50am
Room 206, JSAAHC Jefferson School African American Heritage Center 233 4th St NW, Charlottesville, VA 22903

10:00am

Understanding the Mobility Landscape of Your City
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This session offers a new lens to evaluate transportation equity, as well as concrete, low-cost solutions to fixing gaps. We will start by providing a framework for equity and what it means for local communities and government, how to set a vision, and how to implement using data approaches.  Next in an interactive session, panelists will work with you to define equity, identify outcomes and data needs and begin to develop strategies for implementation for your city. Lastly, you will to report back to the full panel, who will provide actionable feedback.

Moderators
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Andrew Mondschein

Asisstant Professor, University of Virginia School of Architecture
Andrew Mondschein, PhD AICP, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Urban and Environmental Planning at the University of Virginia School of Architecture. He teaches and studies transportation systems and travel behavior, examining the effects of new technology on travel and and methods for integrating new technologies into transportation planning. Dr. Mondschein’s research emphasizes the human experience of travel as a key part of... Read More →

Speakers
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Veronica Davis

Managing Partner, Nspiregreen LLC
Veronica O. Davis, PE is a transportation nerd who uses her knowledge to spark progressive social change in the community. Currently, she is a co-owner and Principal Planning Manager at Nspiregreen LLC. In July 2012, the White House recognized her as a Champion of Change and Transportation Innovator for her professional accomplishments and community advocacy in the District of Columbia. Veronica is one of the co-founders of Black Women Bike... Read More →
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Monica Diodati

Project Manager, Better Block
Monica joined Better Block in 2014 as communications director, and began managing projects in 2015. She also organizes outdoor markets under her company, Little D Markets, and runs a nonprofit that raises awareness for the Trinity River in Dallas.
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Matt Raifman

Senior Implementation Advisor, GovEx, Johns Hopkins University
Matt has addressed public policy challenges at the local, national, and international levels as an expert in energy and transportation. He is currently a Senior Advisor at the Center for Government Excellence (GovEx) at Johns Hopkins University, where he advises cities on implementing performance analytics and open data programs. | Most recently, he was a Science and Technology Fellow at the U.S. Department of Energy, where he supported the... Read More →


Friday April 14, 2017 10:00am - 10:50am
Room J112 Jefferson School City Center 1st Floor Jefferson School City Center 233 4th St NW, Charlottesville, VA 22903

10:00am

Urban Land Institute Placemaking
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This follow on conversation to the morning plenary is an opportunity to discuss placemaking in greater depth with Juanita Hardy, the Urban Land Institute Senior Visiting Fellow for Creative Placemaking, who is helping to enhance creative placemaking in its content and program areas as part of its Building Healthy Places initiative. Hardy will discuss best practices in creative placemaking, gleaned from research on lessons learned from many projects spanning the US.  Hardy has a passion for art and business, having retired from IBM after 31 years of business management experience in 2005.  She is a collector of fine art, trustee for ArtTable, a national non-profit supporting women professionals in the arts, and former Executive Director of CulturalDC, a nonprofit committed to making space for artists and art organizations and fostering cultural and economic vibrancy in communities through its creative placemaking services.

Moderators
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Juanita Hardy

Senior Visiting Fellow, Urban Land Institute
Juanita Hardy is the ULI Senior Visiting Fellow for Creative Placemaking. Her work will support the Institute’s Building Healthy Places Initiative by deepening and broadening ULI’s focus on creative placemaking in its content and program areas, and through its District Council regional offices across the US. She has over 43 years of business experience, including 31 years with IBM where she retired in 2006, and over 30 years in the arts as... Read More →

Volunteers
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Hung Truong

Scribe, Volunteer

Friday April 14, 2017 10:00am - 10:50am
Carver Recreation Center Classroom Jefferson School City Center 233 4th St NW Charlottesville, VA 22903

10:00am

The Open Road and the Stuck American
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Contrary to conventional wisdom, Americans are less mobile today than ever before in the history of our country. When Ronald Reagan took office in 1981, about one in 10 Americans changed jobs in a given year. As of 2012, that number was down by half. What sounds like rootedness can mask stagnation: people are more likely to get stuck in economically depressed communities and in jobs for which they are ill-suited. These innovative policy experts offer fresh ideas for how your city can “unstick” talent and open new opportunities for your workforce.

Moderators
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Henry Grabar

Staff Writer, Slate
Henry is a staff writer at Slate who covers cities. Previously, he was a senior editor at Urban Omnibus and the author of the Science of Cities column for Next City. His work has appeared in the Atlantic, the Wall Street Journal, and elsewhere.

Speakers
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Jonathan Coppage

Visiting Senior Fellow, R Street Institute
Jonathan Coppage is a visiting senior fellow with the R Street Institute, where he studies regulatory obstacles to the traditional, walkable neighborhood development patterns that strengthen communities both socially and fiscally. He is a contributing editor to The American Conservative magazine, where he edited the New Urbs project before joining R Street, and has also been published in The Washington Post, First Things, and National Review... Read More →
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Diana Simpson

Attorney, Institute for Justice
Diana litigates cases to promote economic liberty, protect free speech, secure property rights, and support school choice at the Institute for Justice, the national law firm for liberty. She has represented animal massage practitioners in Arizona, homeowners in Minnesota, and grassroots speakers in Mississippi and Arizona in challenges to government restrictions on her clients’ ability to control their own destinies as free and responsible... Read More →

Volunteers
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Ekin Arin

Scribe, Volunteer

Friday April 14, 2017 10:00am - 10:50am
Room 209, JSAAHC Jefferson School African American Heritage Center 233 4th St NW, Charlottesville, VA 22903

11:00am

How to Start and Grow a Business in a Small City
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What do small city entrepreneurs have to do differently to be successful than entrepreneurs in larger metros? From raising capital and hiring talent, to finding office space and acquiring customers - what is easier and what is harder? And is there inevitably a point when you outgrow your city?

Moderators
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Heather Roszczyk

Akron Entrepreneurship Fellow, Fund for Our Economic Future
Roszczyk’s experience ranges from small nonprofits to management of a global Nike footwear line. She is a connector of people and resources, a champion of entrepreneurship culture, and a funder of efforts to support the front lines of Akron business.

Speakers
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Brandon Bruce

Co-founder & COO, Cirrus Insight
Brandon Bruce is Co-founder and COO of Cirrus Insight which was #41 on the Inc. 500 in 2016. Cirrus Insight is an application for Gmail, Outlook, iOS, and Android that connects Salesforce to the inbox and calendar for sales professionals. Brandon was named Young Entrepreneur of the Year by the Knoxville Chamber of Commerce in 2016. He was also named to the 40 Under 40 by the Knoxville Business Journal in 2015. Brandon is currently a member of... Read More →
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Michael Prichard

CEO, Metis Machine LLC
Michael J. Prichard is the Founder & CEO of Metis Machine, an industrial strength machine learning platform.Previously, Michael was the Founder & CTO of WillowTree Inc.( http://www.willowtreeapps.com/ ) , a 180-person mobile digital agency with offices in Charlottesville, VA and Durham, NC. Inc. Magazine has named WillowTree one of the fastest... Read More →

Volunteers
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Lily Ouyang

Scribe, Volunteer

Friday April 14, 2017 11:00am - 11:50am
Room 207, JSAAHC Jefferson School African American Heritage Center 233 4th St NW, Charlottesville, VA 22903

11:00am

Ending the Black Recession in Your City
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It’s been called a “permanent recession”:  Being born black in America means being born into a household with one thirteenth the wealth of the average white household - a gap that has widened over the past twenty-five years. Statistically, most middle class black kids are likely to be downwardly mobile. Black boys are twice as likely as their white peers to grow up to be unemployed, and seven times more likely to wind up in prison. In the face of such overwhelming odds, can your city offer a different future? These innovators say yes, and offer real strategies to break the cycle in this generation.

Moderators
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Sarad Davenport

Director, City of Promise/Charlottesville Promise Neighborhood
Sarad Davenport currently serves as the Director of the City of Promise in Charlottesville, Virginia where he and team of neighbors, officials, and partners are building a cradle-to-college-and-career pathway for young people.

Speakers
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Ace Epps

Akron BMe Community Manager, BMe Community
Certified facilitator, entrepreneur, social activist, community builder and artist/ poet. Ace has over 15 years experience working for nonprofit organizations that focus on entrepreneurship and job readiness training for returning citizens. He has started his own business called the Self Advancement Center where he serves as a business counselor and consultant. He also works as the Akron BMe Community Manager where he build better communities... Read More →
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Melissa Maddox-Evans

Chief Executive Officer, Charleston County Housing and Redevelopment Authority
Melissa Maddox-Evans is the Chief Executive Officer of the Charleston County Housing and Redevelopment Authority and the General Counsel for The Housing Authority of the City of Charleston and is an advocate for developing affordable housing opportunities for low to moderate income families within the region. She obtained her undergraduate degree for Georgetown University and her law degree from the University of Georgia. Ms. Maddox-Evans is a... Read More →
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James McKissic

Director: Multicultural Affairs, City of Chattanooga
James McKissic is the Director of the City of Chattanooga Office of Multicultural Affairs. His role for the City includes linking diverse businesses to City Government contracting opportunities, improving the City’s supplier diversity efforts, and working to promote inclusion and diversity among the employees and citizenry of Chattanooga. Since being appointed by Mayor Andy Berke four years ago, James has established the City’s Internship... Read More →

Volunteers
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Beki San Martin

Scribe, Volunteer

Friday April 14, 2017 11:00am - 11:50am
Room 206, JSAAHC Jefferson School African American Heritage Center 233 4th St NW, Charlottesville, VA 22903

11:00am

Neighborhood Placemaking
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Jane Jacobs wrote that, “under the seeming disorder of the old city... is a complex order. The ballet of the good city sidewalk never repeats itself from place to place, and in any once place is always replete with new improvisations.” Placemaking capitalizes on a local community's assets, inspiration, and potential, with the intention of creating public spaces that promote people's health, happiness, and well being. While these strategies are sometimes writ large over entire cities or districts, this session takes placemaking down to its most tangible, grassroots level - the neighborhood - to talk about how citizen engagement and the thoughtful alignment of stakeholders can be a powerful force in revitalizing and reclaiming nodes of economic opportunity.


Moderators
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Kathleen Galvin

Architect and City Councilor, Galvin Architects and Charlottesville City Council
Ms. Galvin is a registered architect with her own practice in Virginia. She’s been a lead urban designer on such projects as the Crozet Master Plan, Old Trail Village, and the Places29 Master Plan and Transportation Study and is currently adjunct faculty at the University of Virginia where she teaches walkable neighborhood design. She has a BA in Economics and Geography from Boston University and an MA in Architecture from the University of... Read More →

Speakers
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Ric Cavender

Executive Director, Charleston Main Streets
Ric Cavender is the Executive Director of Charleston Main Streets. Ric holds a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in marketing and management from West Virginia State University. His background includes over 15 years of organizational and project management in both the non-profit and for-profit sectors. Ric has been named one of West Virginia's Generation Next Top 40 Under 40 award winners by the State Journal... Read More →
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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... Read More →
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Alia Scanlon

Interim Executive Director, Jane's Walk
Alia connects, builds, and supports the network of over city-builders who organize Jane’s Walk in 200+ cities around the world. She loves data and believes that kindness, joy, and inclusive community-building are what make cities thrive.
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Cathryn Zommer

Executive Director, Enough Pie
Cathryn Davis Zommer is the Executive Director of Enough Pie, a non-profit in Charleston, SC that uses creativity to connect and empower their community. A documentary filmmaker and activist, Cathryn led global creative marketing campaigns in New York for 10 years before returning to her Carolina roots. She leads the efforts of Enough Pie using tools like community-focused seed grants, creative placemaking, artistic installations and dynamic... Read More →

Volunteers
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Ekin Arin

Scribe, Volunteer

Friday April 14, 2017 11:00am - 11:50am
Room 209, JSAAHC Jefferson School African American Heritage Center 233 4th St NW, Charlottesville, VA 22903

11:00am

A Grantmaker's Perspective on the Arts
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As Director of Design and Creative Placemaking Programs for the National Endowment for the Arts, Jason Schupbach has been at the forefront of the creative placemaking movement nationally. Schupbach manages a $10 million annual portfolio of design and creative placemaking grants and initiatives, serves as national liaison to and steward for the design and creative placemaking fields for the Federal government, manages a number of design leadership initiatives including the Mayors’ Institute on City Design and Citizens’ Institute on Rural Design, and leads partnership efforts with other Federal agencies to reinvigorate the role of design quality in Federal investments. Come to this session with questions about national trends in creative placemaking, what works and what doesn’t from the creative placemaking projects that have been funded by the NEA and perspectives on where the creative placemaking field (and funding) is headed.


Moderators
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Jason Schupbach

Director of Design and Creative Placemaking, National Endowment for the Arts
Jason Schupbach is the Director of Design Programs for the National Endowment for the Arts, where he oversees all design and creative placemaking grantmaking and partnerships, including Our Town and Design Art Works grants, the Mayor’s Institute on City Design, the Citizens’ Institute on Rural Design, and the NEA's Federal agency collaborations. Previous to his current position, Jason served Governor Patrick of Massachusetts as the Creative... Read More →

Volunteers
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Hung Truong

Scribe, Volunteer

Friday April 14, 2017 11:00am - 11:50am
Carver Recreation Center Classroom Jefferson School City Center 233 4th St NW Charlottesville, VA 22903

11:00am

Innovating Public School: What Makes Good Ideas Grow?
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For several centuries, the secondary school curriculum changed little. The basics of western literature and history, algebra and geometry, chemistry, biology, and physics were predictably implied by a high school degree, as were a familiarity with certain rituals: lunch in the cafeteria, team sports, homework, and school dances. But now every year, the goal posts for young adults seem to shift. Coding skills, grit, flipped classrooms, social intelligence, and STEM, vocational experiences, entrepreneurship - every few months a new developmental imperative captures headlines, even as educators struggle to teach foundational literacy and numeracy. What does today’s high school graduate really need to know - and, more importantly, how can we support educators in adapting old institutions to the needs of today’s world?

Moderators
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Eric Reese

Senior Implementation Advisor, GovEx, Johns Hopkins University
Originally from Indiana, Eric has spent his career working and partnering with organizations around the world to improve public sector performance. Before coming to GovEx, Eric worked on public education initiatives as a Fulbright Grantee in South Korea and at the DC Public Education Fund in Washington, DC, where he managed grant programs to drive improved performance in the DC Public Schools. Most recently, Eric worked with local governments... Read More →

Speakers
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Katie Boody

CEO, The Lean Lab
A native of Kansas City and the daughter of two community organizers, Katie Boody has worked in public education in KCMO since 2008. Seemingly always involved in the "startup" phase of organizations, Katie was a charter corps member of Teach For Amer
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Debra Socia

Executive Director, Next Century Cities
Deb Socia is the Executive Director of Next Century Cities, a nonprofit that strives to support community leaders across the country as they seek to ensure that all have access to fast, affordable, and reliable Internet. More than 150 cities strong, Next Century Cities is committed to celebrating city successes, demonstrating the value of truly high speed broadband, and elevating the importance of next generation broadband as essential... Read More →
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Keaton Wadzinski

Executive Director, ReinventED Lab
Keaton Wadzinski is a fourth year student at the University of Virginia studying education innovation and social entrepreneurship. He is the founder and Executive Director of the nonprofit ReinventED Lab (reinventedlab.org). Keaton hosts K-12 design sessions as a Design Project Facilitator for Albemarle County Public Schools, and sits on the VA Governor’s Council for Youth Entrepreneurship.


Friday April 14, 2017 11:00am - 11:50am
Room J112 Jefferson School City Center 1st Floor Jefferson School City Center 233 4th St NW, Charlottesville, VA 22903

12:00pm

Luncheon Plenary: Future City: America's Local Innovators
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12:00PM - Casual buffet lunch
12:30PM - Flash talk
12:50PM - Moderated panel and Q&A
1:50PM - Adjourn

There is a narrative that the United States is a country in decline, overwhelmed by changes in technology, demographics, and the world economy. The truth is more complicated, and more hopeful. Communities throughout America are actively engineering new models of entrepreneurship, culture, and civic engagement, solving tough challenges from within. Join an engaging conversation about pathbreaking solutions with two mayors, a pioneering startup researcher, and the leader of New America, a think tank and civic enterprise committed to renewing American in the Digital Age.

Moderators
avatar for Anne-Marie Slaughter

Anne-Marie Slaughter

CEO and President, New America
Anne-Marie Slaughter is the president and CEO of New America, a think ​and action ​tank dedicated to renewing America in the Digital Age. She is also the Bert G. Kerstetter '66 University Professor Emerita of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton University. From 2009–2011, she served as director of policy planning for the United States Department of State, the first woman to hold that position. Upon leaving the State... Read More →

Speakers
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Mayor Andy Berke

Mayor, City of Chattanooga
Andy was born on March 31, 1968 in Chattanooga, Tennessee, to Marvin and Kandy Berke. Andy’s grandfather, Harry, founded a local law practice in Chattanooga aimed at representing and helping Tennesseans. From assisting someone who was discriminated against for his military service to talking to someone who just needed some advice, the Berke family law practice worked to make someone's life better. Growing up in a family devoted to solving... Read More →
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Mike Lenox

Tayloe Murphy Professor of Business Administration, Senior Associate Dean and Chief Strategy Officer, UVA Darden School of Business
Professor Lenox teaches business strategy in the MBA core program, and has been recognized for his teaching on a number of occasions. In 2016, he assumed the role of Senior Associate Dean and Chief Strategy Officer for the school. From 2008 to 2015, he served as the Associate Dean and Academic Director of Darden’s 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 →

Volunteers
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Lexi Luo

Scribe, Volunteer
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Lindsay Riordan

Scribe, Volunteer

Friday April 14, 2017 12:00pm - 1:45pm
Auditorium, JSAAHC Jefferson School African American Heritage Center 233 4th St NW, Charlottesville, VA 22903

2:00pm

What Can the Gig Do for Your City?
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The United States, creator of the Internet, increasingly lags behind in access to it. In the absence of a national broadband strategy, many communities have invested in broadband infrastructure, especially wireless broadband, to offer broadband choices to their residents. Today's decisions will lay the foundation for the future of telecommunications in our communities, and in our country as a whole. Join us for a frank conversation that looks at whether, when, how, and why your city should invest in fiber internet and municipal wi-fi with the founder of North America’s leading independent wireless broadband provider for small cities; the Mayor of America’s first “Gig City;” a leading advocate for digital inclusion; and the federal agency in charge of implementing broadband nationally.


Moderators
avatar for Debra Socia

Debra Socia

Executive Director, Next Century Cities
Deb Socia is the Executive Director of Next Century Cities, a nonprofit that strives to support community leaders across the country as they seek to ensure that all have access to fast, affordable, and reliable Internet. More than 150 cities strong, Next Century Cities is committed to celebrating city successes, demonstrating the value of truly high speed broadband, and elevating the importance of next generation broadband as essential... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Mayor Andy Berke

Mayor Andy Berke

Mayor, City of Chattanooga
Andy was born on March 31, 1968 in Chattanooga, Tennessee, to Marvin and Kandy Berke. Andy’s grandfather, Harry, founded a local law practice in Chattanooga aimed at representing and helping Tennesseans. From assisting someone who was discriminated against for his military service to talking to someone who just needed some advice, the Berke family law practice worked to make someone's life better. Growing up in a family devoted to solving... Read More →
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Sheila Dugan

Senior Implementation Advisor, Cities, Center for Government Excellence at Johns Hopkins University
At the Center for Government Excellence at Johns Hopkins University, Sheila works with cities on strengthening their open data and performance management programs. She worked on broadband adoption and access programs before joining GovEx. As EveryoneOn’s former Chief Marketing Officer, she collaborated with nonprofits and government agencies to promote affordable internet service and devices to unconnected households across the United States... Read More →
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Aimee Meacham

Director of External Affairs, BroadbandUSA, NTIA
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Elliot Noss

CEO, Ting
Elliot is CEO of Tucows. For nearly twenty years, Elliot has loved and championed the Internet as the greatest agent of positive change the world has ever seen. Through his role at Tucows, his involvement in ICANN and his personal efforts, he has lobbied, agitated and educated to promote this vision and protect an Open Internet around the world. Tucows challenged how software was distributed in the 1990s and how domain names were offered and... Read More →

Volunteers
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Kathryn Hendley

Scribe, Volunteer

Friday April 14, 2017 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Room 207, JSAAHC Jefferson School African American Heritage Center 233 4th St NW, Charlottesville, VA 22903

2:00pm

To What Degree Can Cities Choose Their Destinies?
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During the past decade, city leaders across America have raised the minimum wage, expanded social services, put conditions on incoming development, and otherwise engaged in social welfare redistribution. These cities have not suffered from capital flight; in fact, many have experienced economic renaissance.  This session brings leading experts together to explore just how active and powerful our local governments can be, despite constitutional limitations--and why we should want them to be that way.

Moderators
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Henry Grabar

Staff Writer, Slate
Henry is a staff writer at Slate who covers cities. Previously, he was a senior editor at Urban Omnibus and the author of the Science of Cities column for Next City. His work has appeared in the Atlantic, the Wall Street Journal, and elsewhere.

Speakers
avatar for Aaron Renn

Aaron Renn

Manhattan Institute, Senior Fellow
Aaron M. Renn is a Senior Fellow at the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research and a Contributing Editor at its quarterly magazine City Journal. He is on a mission to help America’s cities thrive in an ever more complex, competitive, globalized, and diverse 21st century. Renn is also an economic development columnist for Governing Magazine.
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Richard Schragger

Perre Bowen Professor of Law, University of Virginia School of Law
Rich Schragger is the Perre Bowen Professor, Joseph C. Carter, Jr. Research Professor of Law at the University of Virginia School of Law. His scholarship focuses on the intersection of constitutional law and local government law, federalism, urban policy, and the constitutional and economic status of cities. Schragger received an M.A. in legal theory from University College London and received his J.D., magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School... Read More →

Volunteers
avatar for Kaleigh Watson

Kaleigh Watson

Scribe, Volunteer

Friday April 14, 2017 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Room 206, JSAAHC Jefferson School African American Heritage Center 233 4th St NW, Charlottesville, VA 22903

2:00pm

Design and Health: Renewal through Shared Spaces
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Lively public spaces foster neighborhood health and economic opportunity. This session focuses on how multi-sector partnerships, resident engagement, and the built environment work together to ensure cohesion, vibrancy, and investment in areas such as an abandoned highway, a grocery store parking lot, and more traditional parks. Hear how these leaders worked with residents to restore safety and allure to public spaces, and how they have worked with the private sector to make change sustainable.

Moderators
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Jenny Roe

Professor; Director of the Center of Design and Health, University of Virginia
Jenny Roe is the first Mary Irene DeShong Professor of Design and Health and the Director of the Center of Design and Health with a multi-disciplinary background in design and... Read More →

Speakers
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Rebecca Bostwick

Managing Director, Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion
Rebecca Bostwick is Managing Director of the Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion at The Maxwell School at Syracuse University. She helped lead the startup of the Center and oversees the Center’s administrative and program operations, staff, community partnerships, and organizational strategy. She has worked in the field of community health for over 16 years, previously working for SUNY Upstate Medical University and the CNY Health Systems... Read More →
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Harry Lesesne

Executive Director, Charleston Parks Conservancy
Harry Lesesne has been the Executive Director of the Charleston Parks Conservancy since 2012. Prior to joining the Conservancy, he served more than eight years as Senior Advisor to Charleston Mayor Joseph P. Riley, Jr. where he was responsible for advising the mayor on all aspects of city government. It was in that position that his passion for creating great parks and public spaces in Charleston blossomed. In his career he has also served as... Read More →
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Jonathan Morschl

Designer, Four Points Architectural Services, Inc.
Jon has been a designer with Four Points Architectural for over ten years. He is currently involved with the Highland Square Neighborhood Association and the Porch Rokr festival as well as other activities in the area.

Volunteers
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Sam Yu

Scribe, Volunteer

Friday April 14, 2017 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Room 209, JSAAHC Jefferson School African American Heritage Center 233 4th St NW, Charlottesville, VA 22903

2:00pm

Participatory Budgeting
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Participatory budgeting (PB) is a different way to manage public money, and to engage people in government. It is a democratic process in which community members directly decide how to spend part of a public budge, enabling taxpayers to work with government to make the budget decisions that affect their lives. Having started in Brazil over 30 years ago, PB has been making a major impact in the US since 2009 with over $170 million dollars allocated in cities all over the country.   

For this session, Maria Hadden and Matthew Slaats will talk about the impact that PB is making nationally and what it takes to bring the process to your local community. 

Moderators
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Matthew Slaats

Creative Director, PauseLab
Matthew Slaats is an artist, designer, teacher, organizer, and activist, focusing on participatory modes of democracy that strengthen resident voices in defining the future of their neighborhoods. Matthew works at the University of Virginia’s Open Grounds, and serves as the Creative Director of PauseLab, a Charlottesville based non-profit focused on community engagement, placemaking, and design thinking.

Speakers
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Maria Hadden

Project Manager, Participatory Budgeting Project
Maria first became involved in participatory budgeting (PB) during the very first PB cycle in the U.S. in 2009. Inspired by the experience, she took on a leadership role as a founding board member of the Participatory Budgeting Project (PBP). She is currently PBP's Project Manager for the Midwest & South. | Maria’s expertise in public participation is grounded in grassroots organizing efforts for social change. In both her professional and... Read More →

Volunteers
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John Devine

Scribe, Volunteer

Friday April 14, 2017 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Carver Recreation Center Classroom Jefferson School City Center 233 4th St NW Charlottesville, VA 22903

2:00pm

Empowering Youth for a Self-Directed Career
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The typical nine to five is on the wane. Nearly half of all working Americans (40.4% according to GAO research) instead piece together a living from part-time work, temporary jobs, and freelancing - typically without benefits, paid leave, or predictable hours. Meanwhile, old kinds of work - like driving trucks, building houses, and record keeping - are likely to be automated in the next twenty years. In this uncertain work environment, one skill that will remain indispensable for workers at all pay levels is resourcefulness and the desire to learn. Learn how youth organizers, educators, and students are activating their peers for the challenges of tomorrow’s workforce by changing the way that students are taught.

Moderators
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Zaakir Tameez

Founder, Houston Independent School District Student Council

Speakers
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Ed Boyd

Chief Strategy Officer/Board Chair, iNvictus Group Holdings, LLC./iNvictus Forward Outreach
Edward R. Boyd, Jr. is a lifelong serial entrepreneur, educator and executive. He has owned childcare facilities, taught in public and charter schools and served in the non­-profit sector primarily working with urban adolescents, focusing on national and neighborhood gang prevention, intervention and sustaining. Ed co-­founded the Durham H.A.W.K.S. (Helping All Willing Kids Succeed). While remaining very active mentoring entrepreneurs and... 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.
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Nora Poggi

Director & Producer, She Started It
Nora Poggi is a French journalist with a background in film production who has been interviewing key players in Silicon Valley for the past four years. After graduating from French top schools Sciences Po Paris and La Sorbonne, she moved to San Francisco to work for French social network Viadeo.com. She then went back to her first love, films, with the production company Lucky Dragon Productions, where she trained in all areas of film... Read More →

Volunteers
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Nina Goepfert

Scribe, Volunteer

Friday April 14, 2017 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Room J112 Jefferson School City Center 1st Floor Jefferson School City Center 233 4th St NW, Charlottesville, VA 22903

3:00pm

Accelerating What? Assessing Investments in Entrepreneurship
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Seed accelerators, also known as startup incubators, are generally fixed-term, cohort-based programs, that include mentorship and educational components and culminate in a public pitch event or demo day. According to a 2016 Brookings Institution report, America is home to more than 700 self-declared startup launch programs. Many small cities regard these programs as key ingredients in their economic development strategies, but it is not clear what curricula, culture, or  structures yield viable businesses, nor how different entrepreneurial programs suit the needs of particular communities. This session will explore best practices for accelerators in small cities; what kinds of funding models are most appropriate within different community contexts; and, critically, who these programs are designed to serve.



Moderators
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David Touve

Director, iLab at UVA
David oversees and supports the people, programs, and resources of the i.Lab, while working to develop new initiatives, connections, and opportunities. On those rare occasions when he has the coordination to both think and type at the same time, his work has been published and presented in academic, professional, and policy venues, and cited by a variety of media (e.g., Financial Times, BBC, Congressional Quarterly, Billboard, WIRED... Read More →

Speakers
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Chris Harris

Senior Program Officer, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
Chris Harris is a senior program officer in Entrepreneurship for the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, where he manages the Market Gaps program, which seeks to work with organizations to address persistent barriers for diverse entrepreneurs. Prior to joining the Kauffman Foundation, Harris was a program director for the Kansas Department of Commerce, where he developed and managed programs to address nonprofit capital campaigns, early-stage... Read More →
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Adam Klein

Chief Strategist, American Underground
Adam Klein is Chief Strategist for the American Underground, a thriving campus for entrepreneurs in Durham, NC. Under Klein's leadership, the American Underground has become a model for how to transform a once depressed downtown into a magnet for high-growth companies. The American Underground is home to more than 240 startup companies across 120,000 square feet of space.
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Penny Lee

Chief Strategy Officer, 1776
Penny Lee is a seasoned political communications and government relations strategist. A regular commentator on the political process, campaigns and elections, she has been quoted extensively in the New York Times, Washington Post, National Journal, Bloomberg, Rollcall, Politico and dozens of local publications. Ms. Lee appears as an analyst on MSNBC, FOX News Channel, FOX Business Channel, ABC News Now, and CNN. Ms... Read More →


Friday April 14, 2017 3:00pm - 3:50pm
The Paramount Theater, Upstairs Ballroom 215 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902

3:00pm

Can Civic Innovation Restore Political Civility?
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In the past year, we’ve witnessed violence at political rallies, expletive-laden voicemails, name-calling, and far worse. Sixty-nine percent of Americans agree that civility in public life has declined in the last few years, and two out of three voters say that the 2016 campaign was less civil than election contests of the past.  In local, state, and national politics, even the basic legitimacy of political opponents is routinely challenged; indeed, a widening regional and cultural gulf seems to hold no room for compromise. In an era of identity politics, taunting tweets, and lying disguised as “alternative facts,” how can we find the common values, truths, and vocabulary necessary for constructive debate? These civic innovators offer bold ideas for healing the rift.


Moderators
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Thomas Walls

Executive Director, Thomas C. Sorensen Institute of Political Leadership at the University of Virginia
Thomas Walls has served as a senior staff member to three U.S. senators, most recently as chief counsel to Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia. He was a partner at McGuireWoods LLP and senior vice president of federal public affairs at McGuireWoods Consulting. Before joining Sorensen, Walls held the position of principal in the Public Policy and Regulation group at Dentons US LLP in Washington, D.C. Walls’ legislative, political, legal and... Read More →

Speakers
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Ferki Ferati

Executive Director, The Jefferson Educational Society
Mr. Ferki Ferati has been with The Jefferson Educational Society since its founding in 2008, first as Director of Research and Operations, but was quickly promoted to Executive Director in 2009 and then to Vice President in 2013. During those six years, Mr. Ferati has supervised more than 600 programs, including the nationally-recognized annual Global Summit speaker series. He also oversees various publications, such as the Jefferson Essays and... Read More →
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Abby Garrison

Executive Director, Causeway
Current: ED @Causeway. Prior: CNE (community development), The National Trust in DC, River City Company in Chattanooga, and Williams-Sonoma in San Francisco. Undergrad: Princeton, politics. Grad: UNC City Planning and MBA.
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Pete Haga

Community/Government Relations Officer, City of Grand Forks, ND
Pete Haga serves as the Community/Government Relations Officer for the City of Grand Forks. He is the Mayor’s assistant and policy advisor and works specifically with communications, federal and state government relations and on community collaborations including the GF Youth Commission, immigrant integration efforts, and on grants related to ending childhood exposure to violence and to provide safe childhood visitation and exchange. Pete is... Read More →
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Kent Wyatt

Co-Founder, Engaging Local Government Leaders
Kent is the co-founder of the Engaging Local Government Leaders (ELGL). ELGL is a nationwide organization of more than 1,900 members from 40 states who are committed to connecting, educating, and communicating with all stakeholders in the local government arena.

Volunteers
NG

Nina Goepfert

Scribe, Volunteer
KH

Kathryn Hendley

Scribe, Volunteer

Friday April 14, 2017 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Room 207, JSAAHC Jefferson School African American Heritage Center 233 4th St NW, Charlottesville, VA 22903

3:00pm

Rising Tide or Rising Rent? How to Solve a Housing Crisis
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Gentrification can bring walkable retail, better transit connections, reduced crime, and attention from the city government. But if an influx of new residents isn’t managed, it is also a process that can displace lower-income families and small businesses, aggravating racial inequality. Hear from housing advocates and planners in cities that have experienced significant gentrification over the past twenty years how their communities have struggled to balance new and existing residents, developers and NIMBYs, authenticity and opportunity in growing districts.

Moderators
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Henry Grabar

Staff Writer, Slate
Henry is a staff writer at Slate who covers cities. Previously, he was a senior editor at Urban Omnibus and the author of the Science of Cities column for Next City. His work has appeared in the Atlantic, the Wall Street Journal, and elsewhere.

Speakers
avatar for Scott Beyer

Scott Beyer

Writer, Forbes
Scott Beyer is a journalist who focuses on urban American issues. He writes columns for Forbes and Governing Magazine, and is the editor of daily content at MarketUrbanism.com. He is currently on a 3-year cross-country trip--living for a month each in 30 different U.S. cities--to write a book about they how can be revived through "Market Urbanism". | | Along with doing regular speeches and media appearances, Scott also regularly publishes... Read More →
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Sara Eskrich

Alder, City of Madison, WI
Sara Eskrich is starting her second term as Alder for District 13 in the City of Madison. She serves on many boards and committees, including the Finance Committee, the Madison Metropolitan Sewerage Commission, and the Community Development Authority. Her district is diverse and active, with some of the highest concentrations of public housing and some of the most affluent near-downtown neighborhoods. Sara holds Masters Degrees in Public Health... Read More →
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Omar Hakeem

Design Director, buildingcommunityWORKSHOP
Omar Hakeem, AIA, is Design Director at buildingcommunityWORKSHOP and leads its Washington DC office. His work seeks to address the systemic poverty, health and resilience issue that plague our nation through thoughtful design and planning. From 2013-2015, Omar lead the Rio Grande Valley office focusing on a geographical, social cultural frontier by addressing the systemic poverty, health and resilience issue that plague the region... Read More →
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Melissa Maddox-Evans

Chief Executive Officer, Charleston County Housing and Redevelopment Authority
Melissa Maddox-Evans is the Chief Executive Officer of the Charleston County Housing and Redevelopment Authority and the General Counsel for The Housing Authority of the City of Charleston and is an advocate for developing affordable housing opportunities for low to moderate income families within the region. She obtained her undergraduate degree for Georgetown University and her law degree from the University of Georgia. Ms. Maddox-Evans is a... Read More →

Volunteers
JD

John Devine

Scribe, Volunteer
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Kaleigh Watson

Scribe, Volunteer

Friday April 14, 2017 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Room 206, JSAAHC Jefferson School African American Heritage Center 233 4th St NW, Charlottesville, VA 22903

3:00pm

Government as First Customer for Innovation: Social Impact Bonds and Procurement
Limited Capacity filling up

Procurement is a clerical task that cities do on autopilot: Decide what you need. Write a mind-numbing couple dozen pages of specifications. Collect a few bids from the usual suspects.Yep, that’s procurement. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Instead of functioning as a rote purchasing exercise, what if procurement could serve as a way for cities to find new approaches to their problems? Join us to explore problem-based procurement, pay-for-performance, prizes, and other innovative approaches to using the city’s purse to elicit better solutions more cheaply, while supporting local ventures.

Moderators
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Daniel Edelman

Fellow, Harvard Kennedy School Government Performance Lab, Harvard Kennedy School Government Performance Lab
Dan Edelman is a Fellow with the Harvard Kennedy School's Government Performance Lab. Dan works with governments to develop Pay for Success programs, and assists Arkansas, New York State, and Illinois with managing reentry systems for people exiting prison. Through Bloomberg Philanthropies' What Works Cities initiative, he has also worked on vendor diversity, transportation, and workforce and youth development projects with cities across the... Read More →

Speakers
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Social Entrepreneurship @UVA

Christine Mahoney is an Associate Professor of Public Policy and Politics at the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy and Director of Social Entrepreneurship at the University of Virginia. | | She studies social justice advocacy, activism and direct action through social entrepreneurship. Her first book Brussels vs. the Beltway (Georgetown University Press) explored how advocates shape public policy in two of the most powerful... Read More →

Volunteers
SY

Sam Yu

Scribe, Volunteer

Friday April 14, 2017 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Room 209, JSAAHC Jefferson School African American Heritage Center 233 4th St NW, Charlottesville, VA 22903

4:00pm

Telling Your Venture's Story
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This session is an opportunity to consolidate insights gained from the Hometown Summit and to re-examine how you tell the story of your work to community stakeholders using data, design, and interactive media, in order to be a stronger leader in your city.

Speakers
avatar for Damon Rawls

Damon Rawls

Principal Strategist, DRC Business Consulting
Damon Rawls is the epitome of the twenty-first century entrepreneur, part cowboy, part business genius, part marketing wizard. He displays passion and qualities that when combined, equal a brilliant and techno savvy leader. An entrepreneur and author, Damon found his success by embracing entrepreneur personality research, solid business principles, and personal brand development. Damon stresses the importance of adding Social Media, along with... Read More →
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Tina Ughrin

Owner/Partner, Smile Minded Smartworks, LLC
Tina Ughrin is owner/partner of the firm Smile Minded Smartworks, LLC which provides evaluation, research, organizational development, and community engagement services. Tina has worked with dozens of organizations and agencies helping them to better tell their story, communicate with stakeholders, and lead. Presently, Smile Minded Smartworks is facilitating a city-wide Neighborhood Congress with 19+ neighborhoods participating in this new... Read More →

Volunteers
avatar for Kaleigh Watson

Kaleigh Watson

Scribe, Volunteer

Friday April 14, 2017 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Room 206, JSAAHC Jefferson School African American Heritage Center 233 4th St NW, Charlottesville, VA 22903

4:00pm

A Leader's Roadmap: Self-Care to Success
Limited Capacity seats available

Moderators
avatar for Angie Hamstead

Angie Hamstead

Contract Support, The Hozho Project: Live.Love.Hope
After 23 years of servant leadership in the educational and non-profit arenas, Angie Hamstead founded The Hozho Project. Her mission is to empower others through personal growth that encourages professional excellence. The Hozho Project passionately supports others with their commitments to self-care, setting and honoring boundaries and healthy management of energy. Angie holds degrees in Communications and Education. She has also completed... Read More →
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Alexa Sponcia

Co-Founder of Live Love Hope, Live Love Hope
Alexa is a builder and a creator. There is always an idea working in her head. Alexa sees a need and figures out a way to fix or create the solution. She is the Co-Founder of Live Love Hope, Owner of Hard Knox Pizzeria and M6 Strength and Conditioning in Knoxville, TN. Her and her husband created multiple programs in the urban schools in their area. With their three commercial businesses and their non-profit, they stay busy. They believe that... Read More →

Volunteers
SY

Sam Yu

Scribe, Volunteer

Friday April 14, 2017 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Room 209, JSAAHC Jefferson School African American Heritage Center 233 4th St NW, Charlottesville, VA 22903

4:00pm

Founders Summit: Incubators, Startups, and Investors
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REGISTRATION CLOSED

The Founders Summit is a day of talks featuring the first-person stories of how leading entrepreneurs launched their ventures. 

The final keynote of the Founders Summit with Dave McClure is free to Hometown Summit badgeholders. To attend the rest of the day, as well as the array of Founders Luncheons and Workshops, contact hometown@tomtomfest.com and bump your badge up to an All Access or Patron Pass. 

Learn more about the incredible innovators and ideas gathered at the Founders Summit on our website

Speakers
avatar for Dave McClure

Dave McClure

500 Startups, Founding Partner
A self-described geek, former coder and internet marketing nerd, Dave co-founded 500 Startups in 2010. With some $300 million in assets currently under management, the high-energy firm has established itself as a leading global venture capital seed fund and startup accelerator. Every year 8,000 startups apply for 200 spots in this renowned incubator. | A tech veteran with over 25 years in Silicon Valley, Dave previously managed early-stage... Read More →


Friday April 14, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm
The Paramount Theater, Main Stage 215 E Main St

5:00pm

City Innovators Gala
Limited Capacity filling up

5pm to 6:30pm

Before heading over to the Block Party, join us at the City Innovators Gala for drinks and light refreshments.

Friday April 14, 2017 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Old Metropolitan Hall 101 E Main St.

6:00pm

Friday Night Block Party
See the latest on the Friday Night Block Party on TomTomFest.com.

You've been working your brain at the Hometown Summit - now step outside for an open air block party in Historic Downtown Charlottesville! The Friday Night Block Party features the region’s best blues, reggae, funk, rock, and americana, plus tons to drink, eat, and enjoy.

Craft Beer Garden
Featuring exclusive taps from New Belgium Brewing, fine Virginia wines and cider, home brew workshops, and - as an extra special experiment this year - a crowd-crafted beer from Champion Brewery. Help choose the hops, spices, and other special ingredients for a unique Tom Tom quaff. But don't get too crazy - we've got to drink it in September! 

Artisinal Tom Tom
An open air market and showcase for local and regional creativity, ranging from upcycled furniture, artisanal food goods, to handmade toys, crafts, and original works of fine art. All 60+ vendors have the option to demo their goods by live showcasing steps of their creative process, teaching the crowd best use of their product, or handing out samples.

Food Truck Rally
Ever hear of a food truck snob? Well you're about to meet a bunch of them at the state's biggest gathering of top trucks. Come hungry to sample fresh cider donuts, pizza wood-fired in a travelling kiln, cold pressed juices, healthy broths and bowls, and - yup - some damn fine Virginia comfort food.

Tech Mixer
Recruit, pitch, mingle, and interview with 100+ of the region's leading startup firms. After you've grabbed your beer, be a part of Charlottesville’s premier destination for top talent from across the innovation community in the heart of Tom Tom’s signature Block Party at Lee Park. 
 

Friday April 14, 2017 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Lee Park Lee Park, Charlottesville, VA 22902

8:00pm

Farm to Table Restaurant Week
Charlottesville is a locavore’s paradise, and this city-wide Farm to Table Restaurant Week shows why. The city’s finest restaurants and chefs highlight their commitment to sourcing local through special dinner menus that emphasize craft preparation and local artisans.

Check out participating restaurants and make your reservation: https://tomtomfest.com/restaurantweek/

Friday April 14, 2017 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Lee Park Lee Park, Charlottesville, VA 22902
 
Saturday, April 15
 

9:00am

Tour of the University of Virginia
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Opened in 1825 and still the historic and ceremonial core of the University of Virginia, the Academical Village represents Thomas Jefferson’s vision of a holistic learning environment carried beyond the classroom. Jefferson was influenced by Palladio and Greco-Roman architecture and consulted with architects William Thornton and Benjamin Latrobe on the design. His plan consists of a 200-foot wide open lawn, set into three tiers and lined with deciduous trees, with rows of interconnected buildings enclosing the long east and west sides and the Rotunda anchoring the northern edge. Jefferson’s Rotunda was inspired by the Pantheon in Rome and served as the school’s library. This UNESCO World Heritage Site remains a working residence for students and faculty to this day. Tour “the Lawn” and “Grounds” with current Wahoos.

Volunteers
JL

Jonathan Lee

Volunteer, Volunteer

Saturday April 15, 2017 9:00am - 10:30am
Second Street Gallery 115 2nd St SE, Charlottesville, VA 22902

10:00am

Regional Collaborations That Yield Results
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Many of today's most compelling land use, infrastructure, and workforce issues require people and institutions to work across jurisdictional lines and other boundaries. Likewise, funders and institutions are increasingly realizing the importance of addressing complex economic and social issues through greater collaboration. This session offers civic leaders practical lessons on building regional collaboration to address challenges and opportunities that are too big to take on alone.

Moderators
avatar for Jim Cheng

Jim Cheng

Co-Founder, CAV Angels
Current Angel Investor, 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.

Speakers
avatar for Becky Ceperley

Becky Ceperley

Consultant, Member of Charleston, WV City Council, Appalachia Funders Network, City of Charleston, WV
Becky Cain Ceperley is an at-large member of the Charleston, West Virginia City Council. Ms. Ceperley is employed as a consultant for the Philanthropy Engagement Project of Appalachia Funders Network.
avatar for Michael Hostad

Michael Hostad

Executive Director, The Commons/MiKE
Michael Hostad is the Executive Director of Innovation in Milwaukee (MiKE) and co-founder of The Commons, which is an initiative of the Greater Milwaukee Committee. MiKE creates programs that lead to partnerships between corporations and emerging talent networks. Hostad also oversees the MKE United initiative, which is a shared and inclusive visioning process for Downtown Milwaukee and its adjacent neighborhoods. Prior to his role at MiKE, Hostad... Read More →
avatar for Kendra Stewart

Kendra Stewart

Director/Professor, The Riley Center for Livable Communities, The College of Charleston
Kendra B. Stewart is a Professor of Political Science and Public Administration and Director of the Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Center for Livable Communities at the College of Charleston.
avatar for Brad Whitehead

Brad Whitehead

President, The Fund for Our Economic Future
In his role as president of the Fund for Our Economic Future, Brad Whitehead directs staff activities and facilitates member engagement in accomplishing the Fund's mission to advance economic growth and equitable access to opportunity for the people of Northeast Ohio. Brad worked with others to establish the Fund in 2004 while a senior fellow at The Cleveland Foundation. | | Prior to his role as senior fellow, Brad was a senior partner at... Read More →

Volunteers
LO

Lily Ouyang

Scribe, Volunteer

Saturday April 15, 2017 10:00am - 10:50am
Second Street Gallery 115 2nd St SE, Charlottesville, VA 22902

10:00am

Building Diversity in STEM
Limited Capacity seats available

Despite a national focus on directing more students - particularly women and minorities - toward science, technology, engineering and math, the STEM workforce is no more diverse now than it was in 2001. Fifteen years into the 21st century, the demographics of STEM disciplines resemble a 1980s U.S. Census report, as do the graduating classes of American undergraduate engineering and technology programs: We are squandering talent. What changes the trajectory?


Moderators
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Kay Neeley

Associate Professor of Science, Technology & Society, University of Virginia
Kathryn Neeley has been on the faculty of the School of Engineering & Applied Science since 1979 and might be best described as a recovering English major who found her calling in the most unexpected of places: engineering. She began her career as a writer, editor, and producer who worked on research teams in materials science and chemical engineering and developed print and video materials to promote SEAS research programs. These experiences... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Ed Boyd

Ed Boyd

Chief Strategy Officer/Board Chair, iNvictus Group Holdings, LLC./iNvictus Forward Outreach
Edward R. Boyd, Jr. is a lifelong serial entrepreneur, educator and executive. He has owned childcare facilities, taught in public and charter schools and served in the non­-profit sector primarily working with urban adolescents, focusing on national and neighborhood gang prevention, intervention and sustaining. Ed co-­founded the Durham H.A.W.K.S. (Helping All Willing Kids Succeed). While remaining very active mentoring entrepreneurs and... Read More →
avatar for Kasey Faust

Kasey Faust

Assistant Professor, University of Texas at Austin
Dr. Kasey Faust is an Assistant Professor in Construction Engineering and Project Management in the Department of Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Faust's work focuses on human-infrastructure interactions, infrastructure interdependencies, and water sector infrastructure. Her research on sociotechnical systems aims to improve service to communities. Her work involves the application... Read More →

Volunteers
PC

Priya Chandrashekar

Scribe, Volunteer
NS

Nina Satasiya

Scribe, Volunteer

Saturday April 15, 2017 10:00am - 10:50am
Piedmont Council for the Arts / Chroma Gallery 112 West Main Street, in York Place

10:00am

Iron Chef Competition
The Iron Chef City Market Competition challenges six of Charlottesville’s top sous chefs to create a dish 100% locally-sourced. The catch? They’ll only have a budget of $50, 35 minutes to shop for ingredients in the farmer’s market, and 30 minutes to cook before presenting their dishes to a carefully selected panel of judges. The winner takes home the title of Charlottesville’s Iron Chef.

Saturday April 15, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
Farmer's Market Corner of Water and 2nd Streets, SE

11:00am

Why Are So Few Women in Office - and What Will Change That?
Limited Capacity filling up

In 2012, the ICMA Task Force on Women in the Profession examined the current status of women in local government.  The major finding of the report was that only 13 percent of local government Chief Administrative Officers were women, and that there had been no change in this statistic in thirty years. This is a solutions-oriented conversation around causes and implications of gender imbalance in local leadership, and what our communities can do to change existing leadership trends.

Moderators
avatar for Kent Wyatt

Kent Wyatt

Co-Founder, Engaging Local Government Leaders
Kent is the co-founder of the Engaging Local Government Leaders (ELGL). ELGL is a nationwide organization of more than 1,900 members from 40 states who are committed to connecting, educating, and communicating with all stakeholders in the local government arena.

Speakers
avatar for Becky Ceperley

Becky Ceperley

Consultant, Member of Charleston, WV City Council, Appalachia Funders Network, City of Charleston, WV
Becky Cain Ceperley is an at-large member of the Charleston, West Virginia City Council. Ms. Ceperley is employed as a consultant for the Philanthropy Engagement Project of Appalachia Funders Network.
avatar for Sara Eskrich

Sara Eskrich

Alder, City of Madison, WI
Sara Eskrich is starting her second term as Alder for District 13 in the City of Madison. She serves on many boards and committees, including the Finance Committee, the Madison Metropolitan Sewerage Commission, and the Community Development Authority. Her district is diverse and active, with some of the highest concentrations of public housing and some of the most affluent near-downtown neighborhoods. Sara holds Masters Degrees in Public Health... Read More →
avatar for Kendra Stewart

Kendra Stewart

Director/Professor, The Riley Center for Livable Communities, The College of Charleston
Kendra B. Stewart is a Professor of Political Science and Public Administration and Director of the Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Center for Livable Communities at the College of Charleston.

Volunteers
PC

Priya Chandrashekar

Scribe, Volunteer
NS

Nina Satasiya

Scribe, Volunteer

Saturday April 15, 2017 11:00am - 11:50am
Piedmont Council for the Arts / Chroma Gallery 112 West Main Street, in York Place

11:00am

Key Investments for Legacy Cities
Limited Capacity seats available

Legacy cities are older, industrial urban areas that have experienced significant population and job loss, resulting in high residential vacancy and diminished service capacity and resources. This session explores renewal. It identifies the powerful obstacles that stand in the way of recovery and suggests strategies for embarking on the path of regeneration through design, infrastructure, land use downtown employment bases, stable neighborhoods, multimodal transportation networks, colleges and universities, local businesses, historic buildings and areas, and arts, cultural, and entertainment facilities, legacy cities have numerous assets that can serve as valuable starting points for change. Bearing the value of such assets in mind, legacy cities must address the realities of population loss and a changing economy, and find new ways of moving forward.

Moderators
avatar for Kasey Faust

Kasey Faust

Assistant Professor, University of Texas at Austin
Dr. Kasey Faust is an Assistant Professor in Construction Engineering and Project Management in the Department of Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Faust's work focuses on human-infrastructure interactions, infrastructure interdependencies, and water sector infrastructure. Her research on sociotechnical systems aims to improve service to communities. Her work involves the application... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Danielle Lewinski

Danielle Lewinski

Vice President and Director of Michigan Initiatives, Center for Community Progress
Danielle Lewinski serves as Vice President and Director of Michigan Initiatives for the Center for Community Progress, a national nonprofit focused on helping communities develop solutions for vacant and deteriorated properties. At CCP, Danielle directs the organization’s technical assistance, education, research, and policy work throughout Michigan. Before joining CCP, she worked with a variety of initiatives focused on blight elimination... Read More →
avatar for Brad Whitehead

Brad Whitehead

President, The Fund for Our Economic Future
In his role as president of the Fund for Our Economic Future, Brad Whitehead directs staff activities and facilitates member engagement in accomplishing the Fund's mission to advance economic growth and equitable access to opportunity for the people of Northeast Ohio. Brad worked with others to establish the Fund in 2004 while a senior fellow at The Cleveland Foundation. | | Prior to his role as senior fellow, Brad was a senior partner at... Read More →
avatar for Perry Wood

Perry Wood

Executive Director, Erie County Gaming Revenue Authority
Perry N. Wood is a grant-maker in the field of regional economic development. His work has been featured in The Atlantic’s American Futures column and by the Brookings Institute’s Metropolitan Policy Program.

Volunteers
LO

Lily Ouyang

Scribe, Volunteer

Saturday April 15, 2017 11:00am - 11:50am
Second Street Gallery 115 2nd St SE, Charlottesville, VA 22902

12:00pm

Hometown Summit Closing Session: 5 Minutes, 5 Days, 5 Months
Limited Capacity filling up

Move thought to action. How will ideas and insights gathered at the Hometown Summit inform your work going forward? Share ideas and commitments with fellow participants in this closing session.

Volunteers
LO

Lily Ouyang

Scribe, Volunteer

Saturday April 15, 2017 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Red Pump Kitchen 401 East Main Street