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Will Charlottesville become a high-priced place for only the rich to live, or can it attract enough high-tech jobs here to provide jobs to keep a middle class. That’s the question examined in a series of discussions being held by the Virginia Piedmont Technology Council, sponsored by the law firm LeClair Ryan.

The first discussed the possible paths Charlottesville may follow. Will housing prices lock out middle class workers as has happened in the resort and retirement community of Aspen, Colorado? Or can the private sector, local governments, and the University of Virginia come together on an economic development strategy to produce a community attractive to emerging technology companies? VPTC Chair Gary Henry says he thinks the region could do so, and Katie Bullard of Austin-based AngelouEconomics makes a thorough comparison.

Click the arrow button above to hear the event, or download the mp3 here.

Brian McNeill writes about the event in the Daily Progress, and Brian Wheeler has an excellent and detailed post about this on Charlottesville Tomorrow. Carry on the conversation there and let us know what you think about Charlottesville’s future.

  6 Responses to “VPTC: Choosing Our Future — Austin or Aspen”

  1. [...] * Aspen or Austin? – this is an excellent post about the future of Charlottesville, sponsored by the Virginia Piedmont Technology Council, one of my favorite local groups (but unfortunately I rarely have the time to attend their events) Here is the podcast. [...]

  2. [...] VPTC: Choosing Our Future – Building a Mass Tech Sector By Sean Tubbs The Virginia Piedmont Technology Council continues its series of Technology Town Halls with a discussion of what it might take to bring more technology jobs to the area. In the first installment, the debate was framed in terms of whether Charlottesville will end up looking more like Austin or Aspen. In this second event, VPTC Chair Gary Henry lays out the groundwork, describing the crossroads that the region faces. He’s followed by Harvey Ring, an Austin-based technology executive and vice chair of the Austin Technology Council. Ring traces Austin’s steps from sleepy university to economic powerhouse. Listen Now: [...]

  3. [...] that most people who are interested in the question would rather have Charlottesville turn into Austin than Aspen, and the governments have to take part in solving that equation.  Rather than spending money on [...]

  4. most people who are interested in the question would rather have Charlottesville turn into Austin than Aspen, and the governments have to take part in solving that equation. Rather
    The government will take part to solve the equation, sure they will but the solution will be according to how the individuals participate and being part of this situation.

  5. Its interesting to hear the comparison. I live in Austin and I have heard some people say Charlottesville is what Austin was like a few years ago. Before the housing market imploded the Austin real estate market was starting to price people out of the central areas. So basically its a problem we are still dealing with. Its hard to have a cool city and to keep things affordable because if you have a fun dynamic city people move there and push up prices. We have attempted to do things like allowing small lots to encourage lower prices with mixed success.

  6. [...] that most people who are interested in the question would rather have Charlottesville turn into Austin than Aspen, and the governments have to take part in solving that equation. Rather than spending money on Art [...]

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