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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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Ryan Pierce

City of Hartford
Project Manager, Strategic Initiatives
Hartford, CT

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 spent nearly a decade advocating for startups, non-profits, and a research university to structure and fund programs and projects – in roles that interfaced directly with U.S. Senators and Members of Congress, their staff, and other state and federal leaders. He has also worked as a consultant, most notably to one of the largest metropolitan chambers of commerce in the country. He believes our future lies in vibrant, healthy, tech-savvy cities.



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