Tomtoberfest Kicks Off with Candidate Forum on the Politics of Innovation

By: Ruth Morton Email
By: Ruth Morton Email

September 25, 2013

Tomtoberfest kicked off with an innovative candidate forum.

Voters and candidates were able to learn about the politics of innovation and start-ups in our area.

The Tom Tom Founders Festival and the Charlottesville Business Innovation Council organized the event, which took place at the Old Met on the Downtown Mall.

Ten of the twelve candidates for the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors and Charlottesville City Council listened to and asked questions of local entrepreneurs, investors, and students. Candidates were then able to make a closing remark to the audience about themselves.

"Tom Tom is a festival about creativity and new ideas, especially starting and staying in Charlottesville. And tonight's forum is about the politics of innovation, and how policy impacts the types of businesses that can start here," said Paul Beyers of the Tom Tom Founders Festival.

Candidates and attendees could talk before and after the forum with music and drinks.

Tomtoberfest continues through Saturday. For more information on its events and times, visit the Tom Tom Founders Festival website here.

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