Keynote Speaker, Presenter, Facilitator


Jason speaks on

  • economic and community development for the new economy
  • using the Internet effectively for marketing and communications
  • designing/implementing collaborative and innovative solutions

Topics include

  • Recruiting & Retaining Millennial Talent
  • The Connected Village
  • New Generation Marketing & Communications
Professional Experience

Founder & President (2004-Present)

Old Town New World
Founder & President (2009-Present)

Serving Organizations & Communities (2006-Present)

On Economic Development & the Internet (2006-Present)


Harvard University
Executive Leadership Program at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government for Innovation in Economic Development (2014)

Goddard College
Masters Of Fine Art In Writing (2000)

University of North Carolina at Asheville
Bachelor Of Art In Literature with a Focus in Creative Writing (1998)

Professional Affiliations
  • Senior Fellow, American Leadership Forum Charlotte Region
  • Board Member, Rock Hill Economic Development Corporation (RHEDC)
  • Board Member, Upper Palmetto YMCA Corporate Board
  • Community Advisory Board at Piedmont Medical Center
  • Past Board Member, Institute for Entrepreneurship at Central Piedmont Community College
  • Past President, Old Town Association (Rock Hill)
  • Member, York County Chamber of Commerce

Get The Book
Old Town New World: Main Streets and the New Economy

Listen to the Podcast
Old Town New World: The Urban Village and the New Economy

Selected Previous Engagements

2015 National Main Streets Conference in Atlanta, GA

Maryland Association of Counties Summer Conference
Keynote Speaker

Society of Human Resources Management
Breakout session and panelist on Multi-Generational Workforce

Foundation for the Carolinas
Social Media, Content Management, and Effective Use of the Internet

Waccamaw American Leadership Forum
Silos to Synergy

Leadership Work Group (American Leadership Forum: Charlotte Region, Arts & Science Council, Community Building Initiative (LDI), Leadership Charlotte, Lee Institute, McColl Center for Visual Art, Innovation Institute, Wild Acres Leadership Initiative)
The Hive’s Efforts in Business Recruitment

Horry/Georgetown County Economic Development
Leaders Silos to Synergy

South Carolina Association of School Administrators
The Power Law Distribution in Action

Entrepreneur Network of York Technical College
Social Media and the Local Services Marketplace

Independent Insurance & Brokers of South Carolina (IIBSC) Conference
Social Media and the Insurance Industry

Society for Human Resource Management, Carolinas Chapter
Online Collaboration and the New Workplace

Central Piedmont Community College
Local Business Internet Marketing

Institute of Entrepreneurship (CPCC)
Business and the Internet

Old Town New World Conference #3
Prototyping Your Community

Old Town New World Conference #2
Unemployment, Punk Rock, and the Knowledge Economy

Old Town New World Conference #1
The Internet and Our Community

  • Bob Rich

    “Jason… Your share in Salisbury was exceptional on many levels. As an aging boomer – you helped me ‘get it’ in a way that I can be more successful at work which is nice – but more effective with my two children which is priceless.”

  • John M. Papadopulos

    “Jason is a compelling speaker full of innovative ideas. His notions of collaboration through public/private partnership and bringing together Education and Economic Development and the Internet are cutting edge and worthy of note by those of influence in these sectors.”

  • Doug Echols

    “The program Jason brought to our community represents the very best of today’s reality. A joint effort with the public private and educational interests combined to enhance economic development and learning experience is a win for everyone. Our hope is that the quality of life in our community and this new high tech initiative will result in creative jobs in a place young people will want to stay and call home.”

  • Bill Beall

    “This was the best seminar I was privileged to attend in the past two months. The speaker was unreal good and the info he gave us has already had a positive impact on our town. It was a game changer for Federalsburg. Good job. No, great job. Thank you.”

  • Vipul Thakker, M.D.

    “The York County Medical Society appreciates your informative and engaging presentation on the ongoing Internet Revolution and it’s impact on medicine and health care.”

  • Stephen Turner

    “Jason is a visionary person with a remarkable ability to put ideas into action. In supporting economic development, highest recommendations!”

  • Rob Youngblood

    “Excellent points, insight, and leadership from Jason…both in his publication and at the York County Day event, as I witnessed. Thanks, JB, for participating and sharing!”

  • Debra Heintz

    “Jason, a self-organizing and visionary entrepreneur with whom the Arts Council worked to host an Economic Gardening Conference in Rock Hill, SC, Aug 2010, is a leader in our community. The conference brought together the business community, the arts community and the student community over the idea of aligning goals and objectives to creative and support a business-friendly climate under which business entrepreneurs can thrive.”

  • Wade Luther, II

    “Jason’s ability to convey the message of how crowdsourcing can be used as a tool to spur redevelopment efforts is uncanny. He has made the connection between public engagement and community redevelopment. I encourage you to hear him share his experiences in Rock Hill, SC.”

  • Bartow Church

    “I’ll keep it brief. Jason is one very motivated and decidedly creative individual. These traits along with his never ending energy make him an asset to any profession, community or group of friends. He has always been a reliable forward thinking associate and a true friend.”