Metro Atlanta Chamber Unveils New Strategic Plan Focused on ‘Economy, Talent and Community’ ATLANTA – Nov. 17, 2022 – Today, more than 1200 metro Atlanta business leaders gathered at theCoca-Cola Roxy for the Metro Atlanta ...
Metro Atlanta Chamber Unveils New Strategic Plan Focused on ‘Economy, Talent and Community’
ATLANTA – Nov. 17, 2022 – Today, more than 1200 metro Atlanta business leaders gathered at the
Coca-Cola Roxy for the Metro Atlanta Chamber’s (MAC) 163rd Annual Meeting, the organization’s first
in-person annual meeting since 2019. At the event, MAC leadership recapped the year’s
accomplishments and presented the organization’s new strategic plan, which focuses on three strategic
imperatives: Economy, Talent and Community.
“MAC’s new strategic plan articulates three key imperatives that will propel our region to the next level.
We have some audacious goals we’re going to accomplish together as we activate these strategic
imperatives and fuel metro Atlanta’s business growth,” said Katie Kirkpatrick, president and CEO of the
Metro Atlanta Chamber. “Together, we will unleash Atlanta’s ambition.”
Developed over the past year, MAC’s new strategic plan will help drive the region’s momentum forward
by leveraging the metro Atlanta business community’s relentless ambition and legacy of creating
“MAC’s strategic plan is a sound underpinning, ensuring that Atlanta’s business community is engaged,
committed, and influential, and harnessing energy that does lasting good,” said Raphael Bostic, 2022
MAC board chair, president and CEO, Atlanta Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. “It has been an honor to
serve as MAC’s board chair this year.”
“There is no question that talent fuels our region’s growth. As talent recruitment and retention is
amplified as a strategic imperative, I know that the diversity of programs at our higher education
institutions in addition to the low cost of getting a post-secondary degree in Georgia and investments by
our elected officials will further grow our robust skilled and diverse pipeline of home-grown talent,” said
Paul Donahue, MAC’s 2023 board chair, chairman & CEO of Genuine Parts Company.
MAC’s 163rd Annual Meeting was also an opportunity for the organization to announce the launch of its
brand-new website, which encapsulates its new strategic vision and showcases what makes metro
Atlanta a top-tier global region. To experience the new website, visit here.
Featured speakers at today’s event included:
• Raphael Bostic, MAC’s 2022 board chair, president & CEO of Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta,
who highlighted MAC’s 2022 accomplishments, including hosting the inaugural ATL Action for
Racial Equity Summit, an event highlighting the work that more than 250 metro Atlanta
companies have committed to do as part of a multi-year effort designed to help address the
ongoing effects of systemic racism impacting the Black community.
• Paul Donahue, MAC’s 2023 board chair, chairman & CEO of Genuine Parts Company who
provided an overview of MAC’s new talent partnerships initiative and revamped plans to attract
and retain top talent in metro Atlanta.
• Chris Womack, MAC’s 2024 board chair-elect, chairman, president and CEO, Georgia Power who
discussed why metro Atlanta is built for business and how MAC’s new strategic plan will build on
the region’s current momentum.
• Andre Dickens, 61st mayor of the City of Atlanta who touched on why Money.com named
Atlanta the best place to live in America, noting the region’s exceptionally strong job growth,
MAC’s economic development efforts and the incredible support of metro Atlanta’s business
and civic leaders.
• Katie Kirkpatrick, president and CEO of the Metro Atlanta Chamber who provided the
framework around MAC’s Strategic Plan:
o Economy: “We aspire to be the best, most productive and most inclusive place to do
o Talent: “We will leverage and grow metro Atlanta’s skilled and diverse talent
o Community: “We will catalyze the ecosystem to drive transformative community
High resolution photos available upon request.
About the Metro Atlanta Chamber
The Metro Atlanta Chamber (MAC) serves as a catalyst for a more prosperous and vibrant region. To
advance economic growth and improve metro Atlanta’s quality of place, MAC is focused on starting,
growing, and recruiting companies to the 29-county metro Atlanta region. The Chamber is also focused
on expanding the region’s innovation economy by promoting and strengthening connections to drive
Atlanta’s innovation and entrepreneurial culture. MAC is committed to being an active voice for the
business community, serving as an advocate for a competitive business climate and promoting Atlanta’s
story. For more information, visit www.MetroAtlantaChamber.com.