A Future of Small Cities Podcast will accompany the first season of Garage Talks. The podcast will be hosted by Reif Larsen and produced by Tom Nardacci. Stay tuned for details.

Reif Larsen, Writer-in-Residence

REIF LARSENthe 2019-2020 Writer-in-Residence at Troy Innovation Garage, will host and direct Season 1: Garage Talks series. Reif is the author of the novels I Am Radar and The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet, which was a New York Times bestseller and adapted for the screen by Jean-Pierre Jeunet (Amélie). Larsen’s essays and fiction have appeared in The New York Times, The Guardian, GQ, Tin House, Travel & Leisure, one story, McSweeney’s, and The Believe. He has also made several documentary films in the U.K., U.S., and Sub-Saharan Africa.

Tom Nardacci, Executive Producer

“I first learned about neighborhood revitalization growing up at my family’s corner store. I witnessed how our small city changed when the chemical plants closed and the manufacturing jobs left. The family store was the center of our neighborhood and conversations about urban life and the changing business landscape.  I have dedicated my career to the transformation of small cities – from my work in politics, to my successful PR career, and now developing communities that have become a center of small city life for entrepreneurs.​”

Tom Nardacci, Founder and CEO of Aurelius Coworks, is an entrepreneur known as a leading advocate for the creative economy in upstate New York. In 2005, Tom created the public affairs firm Gramercy after returning home to the state capital Albany after working in New York City and Washington, DC.

In 2016, Tom acquired a building on 4th Street in Downtown Troy that sat mostly vacant for 30 years and turned it into Troy Innovation Garage. Garage companies take advantage of the variety of programs and incubator services offered in the community and have raised millions of dollars in investment and capital to grow and expand in the region.  In 2018, Tom developed his second community, Bull Moose Club, in space he gutted and renovated directly across the street from the New York State Capitol building.  Now, Tom and his Aurelius Coworks team is focused on developing new communities in small cities and downtowns undergoing revitalization across the northeast and country.

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