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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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Friday, April 13 • 10:30am - 11:40am
The Darkest Hour: Leading through Natural Disaster Now Open

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This year has seen some of the most devastating hurricanes, fires, and earthquakes in memory - possibly the first taste of a “new normal” in global climate weirding. What is the impact of these devastating events on cities? How can communities rebuild and confront this crisis?

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David Murray

Executive Director, MDV-SEIA
David Murray serves as Executive Director of the Maryland DC Virginia Solar Energy Industries Association, the state trade association for over 120 local solar energy firms. As Executive Director, David designs and implements legislative and regulatory campaigns related to state-level... Read More →

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Derrick Freeman

Mayor, City of Port Arthur
In 2016, Mayor Freeman made history, twice, in the City of Port Arthur. He was the first African American male to be elected. In addition, at the age of 40, he’s also the youngest person elected as mayor in the history of Port Arthur.

Andrea Luecke

President and Executive Director, The Solar Foundation
As President and Executive Director, Andrea sets the tone, provides overall management and strategic direction, and works closely with the Board to develop and implement high-level research and national educational initiatives that promote greater solar uptake.  

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Sun Tribe Solar

The solar space is dynamic, and keeping in front of advancements can be challenging.  Sun Tribe Solar is a partner with the technical and financial expertise to help your organization take advantage of emerging opportunities to strengthen financial operations while reinforcing your... Read More →

Friday April 13, 2018 10:30am - 11:40am EDT
Violet Crown - Theater 4
  Energy, Summit