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December 4, 2017

Technology Leadership Council revisits 2017 impact and plans for 2018

With nearly 200,000 people employed by technology organizations, Atlanta is one of the fastest-growing high-tech metros in the nation. Known for transaction processing, internet security and data management – technology around transportation has taken Atlanta by storm through smart city initiatives and transit-oriented developments.

As a commerce enabler, ease of access to transportation is a crucial piece in modern employers’ corporate culture. More and more organizations are reporting a positive impact on both internal and external community engagement with increased access to commuting options. The Metro Atlanta Chamber’s Q4 Technology Leadership Council meeting focused on just that. Attendees had a chance to discuss how organizations are identifying ways to collaborate on development projects, implementing transportation technologies and intentions around transit design.  

Chaired by First Data Executive Vice President of Network & Security Solutions Barry McCarthy and led by Metro Atlanta Chamber Senior Director of Technology Ecosystem Expansion Grant Wainscott, the Technology Leadership Council included a 2017 job creation update, highlights of State Farm’s transit-centric Dunwoody campus and panel discussion around innovations advocating for future population density. 

David Hartnett, MAC’s chief economic development officer, was proud to announce industry expansion efforts have exceeded the 2017 goal of 9,000 new jobs – followed by a panel conversation discussing connectedness and building community. A panel featuring leadership from KDC, MARTA and State Farm discussed how businesses have been able to benefit from regional partnerships and transit-accessible destinations while leveraging real estate stock that provides connected commuter options.

In closing, council members heard from Soccer in the Streets’ impact on connected communities, received a public policy update leading into 2018 legislative session, and learned how Backed By ATL is supporting businesses in the Atlanta region. In a collaborative effort, MAC’s Technology Leadership Council will continue to strengthen the technology ecosystem by bringing together world-class leaders. With the potential to create thousands of jobs across industry sectors we look forward to engagement in 2018.

The 2018 Technology Leadership Council calendar will be released in early Q1. If you have any questions on how your organization can engage with the Metro Atlanta Chamber, please reach out to Jack Murphy.