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Making Yourself Competitive For Tourism and Economic Development Funding


Sep 29, 2021 12:51 PM

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Josh Sherretts
Co-Owner @Bull Moose Marketing
A native of northwest Pennsylvania, Josh Sherretts is the co-owner and VP of Business Development at Bull Moose Marketing. He has spent over a decade assisting museums, nonprofits, and other organizations reinvent themselves through fundraising, strategic planning, and marketing efforts. His skill set includes managing capital campaigns, marketing strategy, and team building to achieve fiscal and reputational growth. Josh is a regular speaker at conferences, presenting digital marketing strategies and technology tools in nonprofit and tourism sectors. In addition, he is an occasional contributor to NPR and has authored two books on local history. He spends his free time with his wife, Kim, and daughter, Rosemarie.
Jason Ruggiero
Owner @Spark Community Capital
Jason Ruggiero has over a decade of government experience building resilient communities by redeveloping historic and natural amenities. Starting as an intern for U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter, Jason's would eventually be named Executive Director of the Venango County Planning Department. Within this role, he expanded the Department's role to focus on community and economic development projects structured to spur private investment and economic growth in the region. Jason's grant writing expertise yielded the receipt and deployment of more than $30M in county funding sourced from multiple local, state, and federal sources. In addition, he was instrumental in developing the Oil City Northside Urban Revitalization Plan, resulting in more than $20M in federal and state funds invested in Oil City. Jason has a bachelor's degree in Political Science from Edinboro University. He is the owner of Spark Community Capital and co-owner of a sustainable produce farm with his wife in northwest PA.