“Growing the Creative Economy – the Troy Innovation Garage”Speaker: Tom Nardacci, CEO and Founder, Troy Innovation Garage
Tom Nardacci will discuss the Troy Innovation Garage, an entrepreneurial ecosystem specifically aimed at incubating, accelerating, fostering and growing creative economy companies in Upstate New York. The goal of The Garage is to generate a sustainable creative environment that advances progress in the region.
Tom will talk about what led to the project, its current stage of development, and his vision for its future. He will also discuss how consultants can become involved in supporting businesses that participate in the Garage. The Innovation Garage is a 14,000 square foot building that includes 75 coworking seats, 14 private suites, conference and meeting rooms, and a multimedia studio, along with a software and video game studio. The Garage is the only business incubator in New York State targeted specifically to creative businesses.
Tom Nardacci is recognized as a leading figure in the field of public relations across New York State. Over the course of a decade, Nardacci has grown his strategic communications company, Gramercy Communications, from the confines of a spare bedroom to one of Upstate New York's most respected strategic communications consulting practices. He is turning his attention to enabling other entrepreneurs and start-ups to achieve success through a unique coworking and incubation project called the Troy Innovation Garage.
Nardacci's own experiences as a small business owner drove him to pursue The Garage, and to travel all over the country to meet with leading minds in entrepreneurship and innovation to bring successful strategies back to the Capital Region. Beyond providing a collaborative, inspiring environment for individuals and small teams, The Garage will offer unique programming and services to its members that will help jump start their ideas and business aspirations. The Garage is the first of its kind thanks to its focus on supporting companies and individuals working in the creative economy.
The Garage will be anchored by Gramercy Communications, where Nardacci serves as Founder and CEO. Gramercy Communications has grown to one of the most respected communications agencies in the Northeast, and its clients represent over $5 billion worth of economic activity in New York State alone. Specializing in the areas of public relations, marketing and public affairs, Gramercy and its team members have been recognized time and time again for their work ethic, entrepreneurial vigor, boldness, creativity and passion.
Nardacci was named “PR Practitioner of the Year” by the Public Relations Society of America Capital Region chapter, a “40 Under 40” emerging business leader by The Business Review and among “People to Watch” by Capital Region Living magazine, and has exercised a commitment to philanthropy and volunteerism throughout the Capital Region.
Susanna Opper will be featured in our Member Spotlight presentation this month.
Members pay $20; Late Member Registrants pay $25
Non-Members pay $25
Late Non-Member Registrants pay $30
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