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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 • 3:30pm - 4:40pm
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As Americans seek increasingly urban, walkable environments, downtown has returned to center stage for economic opportunity and social vibrancy. What makes these places work? Join this roundtable for a lively conversation about design, policy, and placemaking.

Moderators
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Winona Dimeo-Edgar

Managing Editor, Livability.com
Winona Dimeo-Ediger’s articles have appeared in Rolling Stone, National Geographic, Country Living, NPR and Buzzfeed. She currently serves as the managing editor of Livability.com, a site that highlights the "unsung awesomeness" of small to mid-size cities in voice-driven artic... Read More →

Speakers
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Ric Cavender

Executive Director, Charleston Main Streets
A native West Virginian and Charlestonian, Ric has a combined 16 years of nonprofit and business development experience. He sits on the Boards of Directors of several organizations throughout the valley, including the YMCA of Kanawha Valley and the West Virginia State University... Read More →
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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.
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Juanita Hardy

Senior Visiting Fellow for Creative Placemaking, 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 Counci... Read More →
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Mona El Khafif

Associate Professor, UVA School of Architecture
Mona El Khafif is an Associate Professor at UVA School of Architecture, co-author of ‘URBANbuild: Local/Global’ (with Ila Berman) and author of ‘Staged Urbanism: Urban Spaces for Art, Culture and Consumption in the Age of Leisure Society’ (German edition). She received he... Read More →

Scholars
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Johnny Magdaleno

Communications Manager, Urban Manufacturing Alliance
Johnny Magdaleno is the communications manager for the Urban Manufacturing Alliance. He writes policy reports, leads grant applications, writes and distributes press releases, and works with UMA's partners on a variety of writing and research projects. Johnny also works as a jour... Read More →
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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.
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Melody Warnick

Freelance Journalist
Melody Warnick is the author of This Is Where You Belong: Finding Home Wherever You Are (Viking, 2016), an exploration of the groundbreaking concept of place attachment. Described by Richard Florida as “an important book for so many people who are choosing their place to live... Read More →




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