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Cities

Rising

Summit

Sept. 15 - Oct. 30, 2020

A virtual event series exploring critical issues surfaced by the Covid-19 pandemic and 2020 movement for racial justice. 

Our Summit is going virtual, for a whole season of incredible content and connections. Each week join thematic tracks featuring flash talks, audience breakouts, and conversations with leaders from across the country. In the shadow of a global pandemic that continues to affect daily life for billions of people, as well as the murder of George Floyd and the surrounding outcry for racial justice, the need could not be greater for multi-sector city leaders to exchange ideas and develop solutions for their communities.

 · Speakers announced in July ·

Our Themes:

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Week 1: Sept. 15-17

Vital Signs: 

The urgent call to build healthier communities.
There’s no going back to “normal”. Hear from leading community health experts about what’s next—and how we can use this as an opportunity to address the equity in healthcare that has been long, and sorely, needed.

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Week 2: Sept. 22-24
New World, New Justice:
Finally, a path to just cities and second chances.

Yes, there have been some wins: Covid-era early releases and a new spotlight on policing—but what’s next? That’s the question we’ll hope to answer in a series of critical conversations around what “criminal justice reform” really means. 

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Week 3: Sept. 29-Oct.1
Too Small to Fail: 
Our collective quest to save small business and our cities' vitality.
What would we do without Mom and Pop? Join us for an exploration into how we can come together to build and uplift our small business communities—especially for those who haven’t always had a seat at the table. 
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Week 4: Oct. 6-8

Yes, Community Arts Are Essential:

Let’s lift up our creative neighbors.

When’s the last time you saw a performance, went to an opening, or heard a reading? Come; learn how the art world is giving back in order to survive—and how you can support the artists living and working in your hometown. We all know what they say about art predicting life! 

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Week 5: Oct. 13-15
We Are Being Graded: 
Community partnership on the path to stronger, fairer education.

The Covid-19 pandemic has exposed dramatic inequities across cities, sectors, and services, but perhaps none with more immediate and dramatic ramifications than those in K-12 education. Join us for a timely and accessible conversation around the equity issues facing educators, administrators, and community partners.  

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Week 6: Oct. 20-22
The Data’s in the Details:
Applied Machine Learning for good.

Data could be our greatest ally in rebuilding—but only if we use it wisely. How can applied machine learning and A.I. not only inform, but uplift, systems of healthcare, education, and food security in our communities? Join us for the fourth year of a sell-out showcase of the industry’s latest trends—only this time, it’s personal.

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Week 7: Oct. 27-29
The Small City Moment:
Big ideas for right now.
The Covid-19 pandemic has presented incredible challenges for cities across the country and  together, we face a long road to recovery. Response and recovery efforts have demanded a renewed spirit of localism, making community leadership in small and mid-size cities is more important now than ever before. These are the people and the ideas behind that movement.
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Formats: 

Flashtalks
Panels
Roundtables
Marquee Talks
Virtual Mixers

Pay-What-You-Can Pricing.

These events are for everyone! Thanks to the generous support of our sponsors, we’re thrilled to be able to open the door to more people in more places with a virtual format and flexible pay scale.

Contributions in the range of $0-250 are welcome.

Pay more if you want to, and less if you need to!

Premier + Signature  Sponsors:

Additional Sponsors:

2RW Consultants · Boyd & Sipe PLC · Castle Hill Gaming · Center for Innovative Technology · Charlottesville Office of Economic Development · Community Investment Collaborative · Davenport Posner Wealth Management · Focused Ultrasound Foundation · Generation 180 · GO Virginia · GreeneHurlocker · HelioCampus · Local Energy Alliance Program · Lynchburg Economic Development Authority · Nvidia · R.L. Beyer Custom Homes · School of Data Science at UVA · Sol Unesco · Storyware · Sun Tribe Solar · Timmons Group · United Way of Greater Charlottesville · UVA Community Credit Union · UVA School Of Architecture · Virginia Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission · VMDO Architects

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