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Friday, April 27 • 10:00am - 10:35am
How Tech Tools & Other Innovative Solutions Contribute to Economic Development in the 21st-century | Sponsored by Charleston County Economic Development

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  • Moderator: Ryan Heafy, Director of Operations, 6AM City
  • Craig Kinley, Co-Founder, The ThinSchool
  • Chris Sloan, Chair, Baker Donelson’s Emerging Companies Group
  • Marcus Shaw, CEO, CO.LAB
  • Nick Jordan, CEO, Smashing Boxes

This group of panelists will discuss a multi-view approach to civic engagement, startup ecosystems and innovative initiatives that foster smart economic development. What will make the difference between the merely average and the truly great cities of this century? What partnerships can be formed with private industry today that will lead to future sustained growth and vitality? How do our startup ecosystems contribute to the effort? 

Speakers
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Ryan Heafy

Director of Operations, 6AM City, LLC
Let's talk innovation in the media landscape. | | 6AM is developing a scalable network of hyper local media properties. Delivered via a publishing technology platform designed to maximize audience participation. Where the public are publishers. | | We aggregate, curate, conden... Read More →
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Nick Jordan

CEO, Smashing Boxes
As CEO and co-founder of Smashing Boxes, Nick is passionate about technology, innovation, and entrepreneurship. He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he studied Business Administration. He is dedicated to helping cultivate the next wave of entr... Read More →
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Craig Kinley

Co-Founder, The ThinSchool
Senior Executive that guides and assists operational and growth strategies for start ups, institutions and businesses with focus on operational excellence and management execution.
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Marcus Shaw

CEO, CO.LAB
Marcus K. Shaw is the Chief Executive Offier of The Company Lab (CO.LAB). CO.LAB supports entrepreneurial growth in southeast Tennessee by working with entrepreneurs to refine their business models, test their ideas with customers, pursue capital and partnerships, and connect wit... Read More →
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Chris Sloan

Shareholder, Baker Donelson
Chris Sloan is chair of Baker Donelson’s Emerging Companies Group in the Firm’s Nashville office. He focuses his practice on start-ups and other emerging businesses, as well as handles complex software and other IT transactions for both small and large companies alike.Sloan h... Read More →



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