The Founding Cville project highlights local founders whose groundbreaking and original work has impacted Charlottesville and the world.

Founding Cville is a key pillar of Tom Tom that celebrates Charlottesville, and inspires the next generation of  ideas and founders. Honorees include artists, civic leaders, and entrepreneurs. Each Founder’s portrait is featured on a lamppost banner along the Downtown Mall for the month of September and is honored at Tomtoberfest, our fall block party.

The public nominates local founders of business, artistic or civic initiatives who embody the Jeffersonian spirit of multidisciplinary creativity. Nominations open in May 2017.