The Tom Tom Founders Festival will be holding its first Future Forum next month at the Paramount Theater.
The forum will feature some of the area’s leaders talking about what they see for the future of the city.
“The Future Forum will be a must-attend event for everyone passionate about the future of Charlottesville,” said TTFF Director Paul Beyer. “Whether you’re an entrepreneur, business owner, investor, artist, parent, University graduate student, or downtown worker, this wide-ranging discussion will leave everyone educated and inspired. We hope that the conversations stated here will continue for the months to come as we collectively shape Charlottesville and Albemarle County.”
Among the topics of discussion will be the city’s assets for new and growing organizations, comparing Charlottesville to other innovative cities, the impact of arts on the community, the hospitality industry’s support for local culture, and how government and education help create conditions attractive to dynamic people and businesses.
“Charlottesville is teeming with great ideas and success stories, and we want them to define the narrative. We are not a founding city just because of out history of founding or what happened in the past, but because there is so much active grounding taking place that will shape the future,” said Beyer.
The speakers at the forum will be Michael Prichard, founder and CTO of WillowTree Inc; Jody Kielbasa, Vice Provost for the Arts at the University of Virginia and director of the Virginia Film Festival; Mike Signer, Charlottesville City Mayor; Hunter Smith, President and Head Brewer at Champion Brewing Company; Pam Moran, Superintendent of Albemarle County Public Schools; and Brendan Richardson, co-founder and CEO of PsiKick.
The Future Forum will take place April 11 at 7 p.m.
Tickets are free but people are asked to sign up for one, which can be done by clicking [here].