Hometown
Summit

The Future of Small Cities

APRIL 13-15, 2017

At the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center

Presented in partnership with the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA

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Small Cities are Innovation Labs for the New Economy

 

Discover how small and mid-sized cities are test beds for path-breaking solutions to 21st century challenges. The Hometown Summit is a one-of-a-kind convening and celebration of leaders in small and mid-sized cities who have spearheaded some of the nation’s most creative and successful initiatives for community problem-solving. Featuring dozens of keynotes, workshops, and peer-led panels, it’s your chance to learn from and connect with outstanding change-makers in this dynamic segment of American communities.

 

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Who Participates?

Three hundred key players in civic ecosystems across the United States—including elected officials, practitioners, policymakers, and investors—share their practical insights into creating positive change.

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What is a Hometown?

A Hometown is a metropolitan area with more than 100 thousand and fewer than 1 million residents. Leaders from such small-city standouts as Akron, Boulder, Madison, and Chattanooga share their most innovative projects and breakthroughs.

What is the Agenda?

Unlike other conferences, the Summit is primarily peer-led, offering dozens of interactive workshops, panels, and activities running concurrently from noon on Thursday through midday Saturday.

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What are the topics?

The Summit spotlights hundreds of innovative programs that are helping small cities adapt to the new economy through four key themes – leadership, talent, innovation, and place.

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Who Participates?

Three hundred key players in civic ecosystems across the United States—including elected officials, practitioners, policymakers, and investors—share their practical insights into creating positive change.

30-cities

What is a Hometown?

A Hometown is a metropolitan area with more than 100 thousand and fewer than 1 million residents. Leaders from such small-city standouts as Akron, Boulder, Madison, and Chattanooga share their most innovative projects and breakthroughs.

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What is the Agenda?

Unlike other conferences, the Summit is primarily peer-led, offering dozens of interactive workshops, panels, and activities running concurrently from noon on Thursday through midday Saturday.

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What are the topics?

The Summit spotlights hundreds of innovative programs that are helping small cities adapt to the new economy through four key themes – leadership, talent, innovation, and place.

A Bootcamp For Leading Change with Entrepreneurial Thought and Action at the Hometown Summit.

In today’s uncertain and polarized political environment, launching new policies seems like a daunting challenge. This intensive program helps mayors, elected officials, and city and county executives designed, launch, and grow new pilot projects.

 

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Tom Tom Founders Festival

The Hometown Summit takes place in the midst of the sixth annual Tom Tom Founders Festival, an action-packed week celebrating urbanism, creativity, and entrepreneurship in small cities, which last year drew 38,000 in attendance. Join us in historic downtown Charlottesville for seven days of terrific bands, entrepreneurs, artists, and local chefs and farmers. This is the perfect weekend to explore Charlottesville, the home of Thomas Jefferson, the University of Virginia, a legendary craft food scene, and scenic mountains and rivers.

 

Learn more about the organizers behind the Hometown Summit.

 

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