Value Proposition & References

Founded in 2012, our nonprofit mission is to help develop 21st Century Cities across the nation by becoming a leading convener, thought-leader, and storyteller about small city innovation.

Tom Tom champions innovation, creativity, and entrepreneurship in America's hometowns. 

MISSION

Connecting visionaries & changemakers.

We foster relationships, break down barriers, trade solutions, and get things done.

Interdisciplinary & Multi-Sector.

We cross-pollinate nonprofit leaders, executives, policymakers, investors, artists, and engaged citizens. 

Small cities are America’s laboratories.

We are one of the only events shining a spotlight on this important demographic.

HOW

266,944

Attendees

552

Cities

1,626

Speakers

10

Years

WHERE

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PAST COLLABS

We bring a collaborative sensibility to our mission. Nationally, we work with hundreds of leading policymakers, academics, and industry heavyweights to help curate world-class content that has the ability to make real impact in America’s small cities. Locally, it means that 300+ Charlottesville organizations participate and partner to help us build better hometowns. 

Institutes

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Academic

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CIVIC

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Entrepreneurship

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Chief Research & Programming  Collaborator 

Tom Tom’s most substantial and sustained partner, each year over 20 UVA departments and initiatives showcase faculty, student and alumni, and offers a platform for year-round research in the arts, data-science, entrepreneurship, medicine, and education. 

This multi-disciplinary collaboration enables UVA to facilitate conversations and projects with stakeholders in the public and private sectors from hundreds of communities across the nation. 
 

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Sheila Dugan,

Director of Cities, Johns Hopkins University

Tom Tom...means investing in the places that we love and not giving up on them. The work that we do is difficult. It’s not glamorous. But we’re doing this work out of love in the communities that we live in.

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Mark Warner,

US Senator

[Tom Tom] will continue to attract some of the country's, and for that matter the world's, best and brightest to come to this remarkable community and tell their stories.

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Derrick Braziel,

Co-Founder & Managing Partner, MORTAR Cincinnati

An amazing experience. I made some great connections, met like-minded people, and generally felt encouraged about the direction of our work.

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Renee Margocee,

Executive Director, Tamarack Foundation for the Arts

I made a ton of great connections, was sparked to think about things in a new way, and found myself telling everyone back home what an awesome time I had. Very valuable.

TESTIMONIALS