Edge Task Force: Getting Real

Edge Task Force: Getting Real

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By Joe Kent

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The County EDGE Task Force continued their local reform work with a productive open discussion of challenging and locally self-inflicted economic development conditions in Shelby County. At the same time, task force member Carolyn Hardy continued the simplistic and sloganistc “good not great” rhetoric to describe the work of the Economic Development Growth Engine (EDGE).

Such rhetoric is disconnected from any sort of data supported reality and seems designed to support the status quo. This disconnect marked the low point of the meeting which was otherwise marked by frank, open and productive discussion of issues that challenge the local economic development ecosystem.

Eric Robertson of Community Lift was added as a task force member by County Commission Chairman Van Turner. Commissioner and Task Force Chair Willie Brooks, Commissioner Reginald Milton, Carolyn Hardy, Eric Robertson, Al Bright, Cary Vaughn and Les Binkley were task force members present with Jack Sammons, Calvin Anderson and Ron Belz absent. New Commissioner Amber Mills was present as an interested observer. And based on an email from the County Commission, the pubic audio record will not be available due to technical difficulties.

Meeting Recap

Dexter Muller a local economic development expert led in testimony with a presentation that stressed a strategic plan framework that consisted of a focus on 1) available sites, 2) target industry sectors, 3) workforce development and 4) marketing. Muller stated that Shelby County is not getting State of Tennessee referrals for manufacturing based on a lack of available sites while also citing concerns over Holmes Road transportation infrastructure that has been delayed since 2001.

Muller also promoted tapping local water resource assets to spur local economic development while referencing Dupont Solae that saves $1M per year by operating and leveraging high quality water resources in Memphis. Dupont Solae will be discussed later.

Mark Halperin of Boyle followed Muller with testimony that emphasized community assets in quality of life and low cost of living while citing concerns regarding efficient air travel, neglected transportation Holmes Road infrastructure and workforce. Halperin also touted the teamwork involved in the highly successful ServiceMaster save.

In questioning, Cary Vaughn representing the County on the EDGE Board, persisted in advocating for a connected strategy throughout Shelby County which has been a concern for areas outside of Memphis. Harold Byrd, representing the County Chambers will appear at the next County EDGE Task Force meeting.

Carolyn Hardy, Al Bright and Eric Robertson rightly focused on local small business support which is where most local economic growth comes from across the country. Calls to work together with local small business were made while known local small business proposals to address workforce development remain stifled by the rigged-up Memphis Tomorrow complex at the expense of 60,000 learners and a business community in need of workers.

Calls for a new EDGE Board were not addressed by the task force after 7 of the 9 board members have served for 7 years. This was made possible by a Memphis Tomorrow supported City/County resolution that did not protect the public interest with term limits for board members or approval of economic modeling to justify excessive tax abatements.

 

Analysis – Self Inflicted

The economic development “crisis” as described by Council Chairman Berlin Boyd is a Memphis Tomorrow / Memphis Corporate Community Leadership (MCCL) self-inflicted crisis. Memphis Tomorrow is a local CEO organization that has historically guided economic policy development. But based on the data, Memphis Tomorrow appears to be a meddler of sorts rigging up the system for a small few at the expense of a community in need. This conclusion is supported by local work that has not been prioritized to include operating without a measurable commonly understood definition for economic development and a plan that adequately addresses site readiness, workforce, public transit and small business.

Based on EDGE Task Force questioning and testimony, it’s clear that a measurable definition for economic development along with a strategic plan remain outstanding. The lack of a definition for economic development occurs after the new economic development thought leader in the social media group Memphis Raise Your Expectations (the people) proposed a definition using the only known available public survey on the matter to the County Commission. But the problem is that the people are not considered in a rigged-up Memphis Tomorrow social construct

The above has gone neglected over the last 7 years as excessive EDGE corporate / real estate tax abatements for local companies have been prioritized using incomplete bogus accounting at an estimated cost to taxpayers of $250M+ . The former occurs while EDGE reports a $600M gain on the local practice of transferring wealth to corporate / real estate interests at the expense of many. This results in a system out of balance.

One such example of an excessive local PILOT can be referenced from Mr. Muller’s testimony involving Dupont Solae that saves $1M per year while leveraging geographically unique local water resources. In addition to that savings, the EDGE Board of which Mr. Muller is not a part, went on to award Dupont Solae an additional total $5M tax abatement over 11 years against existing jobs while justifying it with its very own incomplete bogus accounting methodology.

Erasing the above excesses in tax abatements will go a long way in addressing deficient economic growth by investing locally. Using a connected county wide approach, local investments would target career education, public transit, small business development and site development. It can be shown that the majority of local deficient $1.57B total wage growth can be addressed through a focus on career education and small business.

Conclusion

Getting economic development right will require frank data centric discussions that are diametrically opposed to the rigged-up Memphis Tomorrow social construct. Such discussions should result in a measurable economic development definition and the implementation of a connected Shelby County wide economic development plan that lifts the quality of life for all.
 

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Introducing myself, we can start with my name being Conner. It is my mom’s maiden name. I’m 42, and I was born and raised in Memphis. For the last 18 years of my life, I traveled all over the US, coast to coast, corner to corner. All I can say is, there is no place like home.

My start to art began way before I can remember. Just like any other great artist, my first canvas was the walls in my childhood home. My bedroom, the hallway, anyplace I saw that needed improvement, I put my crayons to work. I remember the days back in elementary school. The teacher would try to educate me and all I wanted to do was draw. My first art was always planes and trucks. I was good at drawing jets at many angles of the flight. My mom knew I had a gift and enrolled me in art lessons. They took place on Saturday mornings at a place called Arts East. There I learned depth, shadows, shading, highlights, and eye perspective. As I got older onto middle school, it was drawing on the desk tops and book covers. I was good at drawing album covers like Metallica and Megadeth, and of course was still drawing planes. Then I progressed to a Salvador Dali style. The strange, eye-teasing art that has the artist’s thoughts out of his head onto paper and the viewer either understands it or has their own take on it. Art is always up to the eye of the beholder.

As far as my start in clocks go, it started during a long drive after I saw a picture on the web of a clock that was different from a normal grandfather clock. I said to myself, I can make that but it will be very different from any clock out there. So that long drive, I planned out all that was needed to build. Each cut, how the wood was going to bend, the height, the size, it was all mapped out and created in my thoughts. My beginning with wood was building ramps. I made a handful in my teenage years and gradually moved up to building a large half pipe in my back yard. That was the beginning of having wood bend and curve. Around the same period in high school, I took wood shop. Of course, that comes with bong making and paddle making, really just a class to pass time. I did learn and kept with me the art or process of sanding and staining wood. I made a few projects, nothing big or fancy, but I did enjoy the painting and finishing process of wood. So with all that, I knew I could build clocks and furniture like no other, and wanted to hear from people how the heck can that be.

 

 

I can say I’m grateful for having a gift that gives me the ability to see or create a vision in my head, and use my hands to make it come out to life. Whether it’s on paper, canvas, or constructing art with wood.

This latest clock is a Memphis themed clock. This one has been a challenge, with more wood work involved. I love the city I was raised in. Memphis has great culture, music, and heritage, just a city with a bright soul. I wanted to put in as much of Memphis that is on the map as what makes the city Memphis. From Graceland to the pyramid, of course, the bridge, and all in between.

As far as my goals for the clock, I have a few ideas. I could have a sponsor donate money for the cost of the build, and donate the clock to St. Jude, or any of the Memphis visitor’s centers or the airport. Perhaps FedEx would like to put it in the lobby of one of their buildings or Graceland may like to have in one of the gift shops or lobby. I’m not sure, but it speaks Memphis and should be out for the people of Memphis to see. Any thoughts or ideas from the people would be helpful.

 

 

 

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The American Cancer Society (ACS) hosted its Making Strides Against Breast Cancer kickoff breakfast at Memphis Botanic Garden on August 23 to share details about its upcoming, free community walk on Sunday, October 21 at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium.

The Greater Memphis walk celebrates its 18th year in 2018. Flagship sponsors are Kroger, Horseshoe Tunica Hotel & Casino, Tunica Roadhouse, and Allstate. Registration for the Oct. 21 Making Strides event begins at 1:30 p.m. and the walk starts at 3 p.m. There is no cost to register; however, teams are encouraged to fundraise to support the Society’s life-saving mission.

Dollars raised help the ACS fund innovative breast cancer research; provide education and guidance to help people reduce their risk; and offer comprehensive patient support to those who need it most.

Since 1993, more than 14 million supporters have raised more than $870 million nationwide. Last year, more than 5,000 walkers in Greater Memphis helped to raise approximately $600,000.

At the Aug. 23 kickoff, Autumn Rodriguez of Power & Tel, the morning’s sponsor, welcomed guests. Local 24 anchor Katina Rankin emceed the event, and highlighted how individuals, businesses, and organizations can support the ACS’s work to help save lives from breast cancer. 

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Featured survivor speaker, Suzanne Horsley, encouraged attendees to stay up to date on their cancer screenings. She also left them with the inspirational message to, “cherish every day and make a difference.”

Candace Dean, senior community manager for the ACS’s Greater Memphis office, encourages Mid-Southerners to come together on Oct. 21 to raise funds, celebrate survivorship and pay meaningful tributes to loved ones lost.

“Because of the determination of Making Strides supporters, the American Cancer Society is there for people in every community affected by breast cancer, whether they’re currently dealing with a diagnosis, may face one in the future, or will avoid it altogether because of education and risk reduction,” said Dean.

Visit MakingStridesWalk.org/MemphisTN or call your area’s American Cancer Society office at 901-278-2091 to join the walk, make a donation, or host a fundraiser.

Join the conversation on social media at Facebook.com/MakingStridesMemphis; Twitter @MSABCMemphis; and Instagram @ACSMemphis.

Sponsor the event

Our Making Strides walk offers a unique opportunity to reach passionate participants in our community. As a Making Strides sponsor, you will help support the American Cancer Society in working to create a world free from the pain and suffering caused by breast cancer.

Volunteer at the event

You’re just a quick step from volunteering to support the Making Strides walk! None of this would be possible without dedicated volunteers donating their time and talent. Walk with the American Cancer Society volunteer family, and you will help us to end the pain and suffering caused by breast cancer.

View walk details

At our Making Strides walk, you can share in an inspiring mix of passion and purpose – exceptional courage of survivors, meaningful tributes to loved ones lost, and collective determination to raise funds to help finish the fight! Be sure to check often leading up to our event for important event-day details.

Frequently Asked Questions

We’re here to answer any questions you might have about Making Strides Against Breast Cancer events. Below are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions, but if you have a question that’s not answered below, please let us know. Call us anytime at 1-800-227-2345.

What is Making Strides Against Breast Cancer?

The American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk is a powerful event to raise awareness and funds to end breast cancer. As the largest network of breast cancer events in the nation, the noncompetitive 3- to 5-mile walks unite communities with a shared determination to create a world free from the pain and suffering of breast cancer. Passionate participants raise critical funds enabling the Society to fund innovative breast cancer research; provide free, comprehensive information and support to those touched by breast cancer; and help people reduce their breast cancer risk or find it early when it’s most treatable.

Who can participate in Making Strides events?

Anyone can participate in a Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk. The success of our events depends on passionate individuals who commit to raising funds, generous donors who support our participants, and dedicated corporate and community sponsors. You can walk as an individual or as part of a team. Teams can be comprised of friends, families, neighbors, classmates, and coworkers. Organizations or businesses can also coordinate and sponsor teams of walkers.

How much money does the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk raise for the American Cancer Society?

Since 1993, more than 12 million walkers across the United States have raised more than $750 million to help fight breast cancer through Making Strides events. In 2015 alone, 1.4 million walkers across the country raised more than $60 million to help finish the fight against breast cancer.

What happens with the money raised from Making Strides Against Breast Cancer events?

Funds raised through Making Strides Against Breast Cancer events help the American Cancer Society work to free the world from the pain and suffering of breast cancer. The Society is::

  • Investing in innovative breast research to better understand, prevent, find, and treat the disease
  • Providing free, comprehensive information and support to those touched by breast cancer in every community, when and where they need it.
  • Helping people take steps to reduce their risk of breast cancer or find it early when it’s most treatable.
How do I turn in the money I raise?

You can turn in money at the event or your supporters can donate online through our secure website. If you have not finished collecting your donations by event day, or if you’re unable to attend, send your contribution form and remaining donations to your local American Cancer Society office.

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REGIONAL TALENT PIPELINE DEVELOPMENT:

THE AGE OF AGILITY

By Joe Kent – Guest Blogger

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Sponsored locally by HRO Partners and Jaguar/Land Rover Bluff City, the nation touring Age of Agility education to employment conference was just held in Memphis. The conference encourages a regional conversation around human talent pipeline development in support of regional economic development goals.

The conference was encouraging based on Tennessee being newly recognized as a leader in educational reform while the University of Memphis fires on all cylinders with innovative partnerships and offerings that keep student costs down. Educators listening to customer employer needs and employers being more involved in the talent pipeline development effort were consistent themes. Largely unanswered concerns from audience members were around specific next steps to get industry more involved with local education. This concern will be addressed later in this article in concert with discussion involving local workforce development organizations in the Workforce Investment Network (WIN) and the Greater Memphis Alliance for Competitive Workforce (GMACW).

At the conference, industry employers were represented by Chris Winton VP of FedEx Human Resources, Gretchen Stroud VP of Hilton Learning and Bradley Jackson President of the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce. Education was represented by Dr. David Rudd President of the University of Memphis, Dr. Candice McQueen, Commissioner of Tennessee Department of Education and Mike Krause, Executive Director of the Tennessee Higher Education Commission.

Business and Education

From business, Jackson discussed how workforce preparedness has grown in importance in recent years. Winton and Stroud stated that college degrees were much less important today while stressing the importance of true skill attainment that includes soft skills and career pathways counseling starting in middle school. Winton also stressed the importance of entrepreneurial education for all to support cross functional skill development since entrepreneurs must function across multiple areas of expertise. Cross functional skill development gives students agility in the workforce while entrepreneurial education encourages starting a small business which is a Memphis economic development need.

From education, McQueen focused on career counseling, work-based learning and transforming the 11th and 12th grade experience toward a more relevant post-secondary focus while in high school. Work based learning includes high school credit for internships, apprenticeships and paid work experience. Krause stressed no-cost 1 to 2 year certification/degree access for all via Tennessee Promise, listening to customer employers for specific needs to improve the curriculum and relying more on technology for instructional delivery to engage current day students. And Rudd discussed a nation leading innovative industry partnership with FedEx, managing student tuition affordability and the high-quality University of Memphis Online Global degree platform which will be further discussed in an upcoming article. All educators praised the work of the Tennessee General Assembly which was represented by Representative Mark White of Memphis, Chairman of the House Education Committee.

Next Steps

Audience members seemed most curious about specific next steps to continue the regional conversation to get industry more involved in education which was not covered at the conference. Next steps to continue a productive conversation between diverse professional groups (industry and educators) requires a common language. In this case, common language can be established using customer employer skill and knowledge demand married with student needs to close the skills gap using career pathways curriculum.

Business education partnerships have been around a long time and fail regularly. This failure can be linked to the lack of a common language. A 2014 report from the North Carolina Commission on Workforce Development found that employers and researchers definitions of “skills” often differ from one another and even scientific surveys use a variety of designs and definitions of “skills”.

This finding points to the need for establishing a common set of skills and definitions demanded by the customers of the workforce development system in employers. Given this, the following steps can be taken to support a productive and sustainable conversation between employers and educators:

Step 1. Establish a common dataset of employer demanded skills and knowledge (Demand)
Step 2. Identify student career preferences, interests, needs and skills through assessment (Supply)
Step 3. Integrate standards based academic curriculum with employer demanded skills, knowledge and technology with personalized student learning (Career Pathways)

The above steps provide a common language foundation to support productive and ongoing communication between customer employers and educators. Additionally, the above steps provide a methodology for integrating a meaningful part of the career counseling workload into the academic curriculum. In this way, career counselors support a career infused academic curriculum.

The career infused academic curriculum for all then provides entry points for industry to engage the educational system while productively communicating with educators using a common language. The resulting standards-based career pathways curriculum then insures educators that they are seamlessly meeting both academic standards and customer employer demand requirements to support regional economic development efforts.

WIN and GMACW

Unlike many communities, the good news is that Memphis has the organizations in place to accelerate the workforce development conversation in the age of agility. On the other hand, mired in red tape, as reported by Memphis Business Journal, collectively, the Workforce Investment Network (WIN) and Greater Memphis Alliance for Competitive Workforce (GMACW) have struggled to help fill 15,000 current job openings.

Disconnected efforts are often referenced for the ineffectiveness per the above article and in another Memphis Business Journal article featuring the observations of local business leader R. Brad Martin. Clearly defining the respective roles of WIN and GMACW for all local stakeholders would well serve local efforts. One approach may be to define WIN’s role to serve out of school audiences and GMACW’s to serve in school audiences.

Once respective organization roles are established, a common language should be deployed to facilitate productive conversations between diverse stakeholders to support local talent pipeline and economic development efforts. A common language would establish 1) datasets to define employer demand 2) occupationally aligned assessments to diagnose people’s needs (supply) and 3) Career pathways curriculum to support people in developing the skills to pursue desired careers, connecting with and filling jobs.

Conclusion

The age of agility demands an ongoing conversation to support talent pipeline development efforts to drive regional economic growth. It’s a conversation that leverages technology while promoting in demand career pathways and supports developing the academic, soft and cross functional entrepreneurial skills required to succeed in the age of agility.

The ongoing conversation requires industry engagement and workforce development / curricular systems that accommodate engagement. WIN and GMACW, equipped with defined organizational roles, should be leveraged to accomplish the above while relying on best practices in work-based learning as demonstrated by such organizations as the Greater Memphis Medical Device Council.

In the end, it’s about leveraging available resources and connecting the dots through an ongoing conversation to develop and retain talent while promoting in demand career pathways to drive regional economic growth in the age of agility.

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Refuge Memphis names Niki Schoggen Assistant Director, Education & Finance

Refuge Memphis names Niki Schoggen Assistant Director, Education & Finance

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As Assistant Director, Education & Finance, she will oversee grant writing, be a trainer and implement Refuge’s core curriculum. She will continue to be the editor of The Ninja, Refuge Memphis’ own newsletter, as well as oversee all media outlets and public relations.

Niki Schoggen has been volunteering behind the scenes and on the front lines at Refuge Memphis for the past four years. She has also been the Director of Events for the Monogram Loves Kids Foundation for the past 6 years where she assisted in raising well over $1.1 million for children’s charities across the country.

Currently employed with The Southland Companies in downtown Memphis as Executive Assistant to Terry Lynch, Walls Limousine Service, Inc. in Walls, Mississippi as Business Manager, and Southern Pawn & Jewelry in Memphis as Full Charge Bookkeeper, she never loses focus on the needs of the people around her.

Project and results driven, she displays the ability to set appropriate boundaries between her head and her heart, thinking objectively and clearly about what the best decision is, not just the easy one or the one that makes everyone happy. She firmly believes in hard work, dedication, and second chances.

Having overcome a mound of adversity as a young adult, she is the definition of perseverance yet humbled enough to walk arm in arm with someone who is hurting educating them along the way. If she is in your corner, you have a life-long cheerleader.

Niki has recently been accepted into Notre Dame’s online program to complete her BS in Professional Studies with a concentration in Organizational Management. She is currently enrolled in Charis Bible College where she plans to complete the 2 year online program by spring of 2020.

She has been married to Phillip Schoggen for 15 years. They have two grown step-children, Matthew & Blake Schoggen, from whom they have one granddaughter and are expecting both a granddaughter and grandson.

She and Phillip reside in Lakeland, Tennessee with son Hayden and daughter Alexis.

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Music Lineup – Evolve Bank & Trust Cooper Young Festival 2018!

Music Lineup – Evolve Bank & Trust Cooper Young Festival 2018!

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Join us Saturday, September 15 for a day of music at the biggest party of the summer.  September 15 is the date of this year’s Cooper Young Festival presented by Evolve Bank and Trust.  What a selection of music we have! Seventeen musical acts highlighting all age groups on three stages – it doesn’t get better than this.

The Main Stage kicks off with local folk singer, songwriter Tony Manard and His Big Ole Band promptly at 11:15 a.m. and goes on throughout the day highlighting some of the best of the best musicians in Memphis.  Horns, violins, blues, soul, rock and roll; get ready to experience some of Memphis’ finest.  Be sure to see new comer Jason Lee McKinney mid-day and FreeWorld celebrating 31 years together in 2018 with Dr. Herman Green on the sax at 4:15 p.m.   We are excited to have International Blues Challenge runner up Fuzzy Jeffries as our Headliner with the Kings of Memphis.  Main Stage is located directly in front of the Young Avenue Deli on Young Avenue.

The Memphis Grizzlies Stage will be highlighting artists associated with the Cooper Young recording label, 5 and Dime Recording.  Maddie Caldwell kicks off the day!  This teenage singer, songwriter is emerging as the new face of the Memphis anti-folk scene. Maddie’s music is a melodic homage to an inner-city kid’s life via banjo and ukulele.  This high energy goes all day long and at 4:30 p.m. Negro Terror will step on the stage. This band hit over 50,000 views and climbing on You Tube with their Beale Street Caravan video “Voice of Memphis” taking the Skinhead/Oi anthem and turning it on its head Memphis style.  Featured on Afropunk, their new album “Paranoia” drops September 11, 2018.   The Memphis Grizzlies Stage is located at the intersection of Young Avenue and Meda Street.

The stage located in the First Congo Church parking lot will highlight a ton of new Memphis bands many sure to change the look of music over the coming years. You don’t want to miss already popular Americana duo, Me and Leah starting at 12:15 p.m. The Rally Owls with Keytar player, Aimee Guerin, is a must see. This stage is all about the rock and roll with a little bit of country and blues thrown in.

Music Lineup

Main Stage

11:15 a.m.             Tony Manard and His Big Ole Band 
12:15 p.m.            Rice Drewry Collective 
  1:15 p.m.            Nick Black Band 
  2:15 p.m.           Jason Lee McKinney
  3:15 p.m.           The Fast Mothers 
  4:15 p.m.           FreeWorld with Dr. Herman Green
  5:15 p.m.           HEADLINER – Fuzzy Jeffries and the Kings of Memphis

Memphis Grizzlies Stage

12:30 p.m.            Maddie Caldwell
  1:30 p.m.            Ellie Badge
  2:30 p.m.           Switchblade Kid
  3:30 p.m.           The Rough Hearts
  4:30 p.m.           Negro Terror

first congo Stage

  1:15 p.m.            Shufflegrit
  2:15 p.m.           Low Country Nationals
  3:15 p.m.           Land Divided
  4:15 p.m.           Rally Owls
Cooper Young Festival is the best place to spend this day in September enjoying some great Memphis music, shopping, people watching, patio sitting, dancing and hanging out with friends.  Don’t miss the biggest most anticipated party of the summer located in Memphis’ largest historic district.
Thank you to our sponsors for making this year’s Cooper Young Festival possible.  The 2018 Evolve Bank & Trust Cooper Young Festival Sponsors are Commercial Appeal, Miller Lite, Memphis Grizzlies, Sprouts Farmers Market, Methodist Healthcare, Albert Cook Plumbing, Jim Keras Subaru, Summer Winds Resorts, Semmes Murphey Clinic, Hattie B’s Hot Chicken, Southland Park Gaming and Racing, Lasik Vision Institute, ProShow Systems, Memphis Animal Clinic, AT&T, Choate’s HVAC, Lowe’s, Focal Point, MetroPCS, Rock 102.7, 101.9 KISS FM, 600 WREC, CW 30, Local 24 and Toof American Digital Printing.
 

Festival starts at 9:00 a.m. and ends at 7:00 p.m.

For more information, visit www.cooperyoungfestival.com
 

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