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The Seventh Annual Tom Tom Founders Festival is a week-long celebration of innovators, visionaries, and artists who are shaping small cities. The Festival occurs at dozens of venues throughout downtown Charlottesville. 

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Thursday, April 12 • 2:00pm - 3:10pm
Unleashing the Power of Public Prototyping: An Inside Look at Bloomberg Philanthropies Mayors Challenge Now Open

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In February, Bloomberg Philanthropies announced the 35 Champion Cities in the 2018 U.S. Mayors Challenge, a nationwide competition that encourages city leaders to uncover bold, inventive ideas that confront the toughest problems cities face. Selected from a pool of more than 320 applications, these cities and are now in the midst of a six-month testing phase where they will conduct public prototypes of their ideas. Hear how Huntington, West Virginia will tackle compassion fatigue for emergency responders on the frontlines of the nation’s opioid epidemic; how Hartford, Connecticut will use gunshot detection technology to support traumatized youth; and how Durham, North Carolina will leverage behavioral insights to encourage alternatives to driving downtown.

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Katie Appel Duda

Government Innovation, Bloomberg Philanthropies
Katie Appel Duda co-leads Bloomberg Philanthropies' Government Innovation grant programs, which help city leaders and their teams in more than 250 cities around the world to better solve problems and share promising ideas that improve life for residents. Before Bloomberg Philanthropies... Read More →

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Maureen Devlin

Transportation Planner, City of Durham
I help people find their “car-lite” lifestyle, including advice on how to break-up or “ghost” their car. I would be nowhere, personally or professionally, without a smartphone. GPS and transit apps rule.
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Ryan Pierce

Project Manager, Strategic Initiatives, City of Hartford
As the Project Manager for Strategic Initiatives, Ryan works at the intersection of economic/community development, public policy, process improvement and innovation to help City of Hartford departments design initiatives and secure grant funds for implementation. Previously, Ryan... Read More →
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Jan Rader

Fire Chief, Huntington WV Fire Department
A Native of Ironton, Ohio, Jan Rader joined the Huntington Fire Department in August of 1994. Ms. Rader is the first woman to reach the rank of Chief for a career department in the State of West Virginia. She holds an Associates Degree in Occupational Development from Marshall University... Read More →

Thursday April 12, 2018 2:00pm - 3:10pm EDT
The Paramount Theater - Balcony Lounge
  Government & Society, Summit