Be Bold.

Bold leaders. Bold moves. Bold decisions. MAC is changing, taking risks and moving in a new direction, and the 2012 MAC Annual Meeting highlighted those bold moves. With more than 1,500 business leaders at the Nov. 29 meeting, MAC outlined the Forward Atlanta five-year strategy that will help jump-start economy.

MAC is evolving from our historic focus to helping existing businesses expand and new businesses get started. Here are the core principles that were outlined:

  • First, jump start job growth by building on our core industries -- health information technology, supply chain, hi-tech, wireless, global commerce and clean tech.
  • Second, build strong relationships between our universities and the business community.
  • Third, remain a great place to live, work and play by promoting our quality of life and core infrastructure and ensure that Atlanta remains the top choice for young talent to grow.
  • And finally, confidently tell our story to national and international audiences.

As part of the meeting, Carol Tomé handed over the MAC chair position to the 2013 chair-elect, Paul Bowers, Georgia Power President and CEO. MAC’s 153rd Annual Meeting key speakers included Carol Tomé, the CFO and executive vice president of corporate services for The Home Depot and MAC's 2012 chair; Governor Nathan Deal, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed; and Sam A. Williams, MAC President.