Public Policy

2017-2018 Policy Agenda

A Catalyst For A More Prosperous And Vibrant Metro Atlanta

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Business Climate

In order to sustain continued economic growth and investment, MAC seeks to strengthen our region’s long-term competitiveness by capitalizing on our assets and leveraging our strategic advantages. MAC focuses on growing innovation and knowledge-based industries, fostering entrepreneurship, boosting business growth and creating more partnerships with metro Atlanta colleges, universities and technical colleges.

  • Protect Georgia’s Reputation as a Leading State for Business: Defend against legislative measures that would negatively impact our business climate, are discriminatory in nature or would harm our ability to create, attract, retain and expand jobs.
  • Support Measures that Encourage Economic Investment: Support economic development tools and incentives to start, recruit and retain businesses. Expand sports and cultural funding for our community.
  • Extend Sales Tax Holiday for ENERGY STAR and WaterSense® Products: Support renewal of the sales tax holiday set to expire this year.
  • Support Global Commerce: Protect Georgia’s standing as a global hub for international commerce.
  • Support Additional Funding for Invest Georgia: Continue the financial support for the Invest Georgia venture capital fund.
  • Advocate for Growth of High Demand Clusters: Promote policies that support the growth, retention and attraction of talent needed by our high-tech, high-growth industry sectors.

Education & Workforce

A highly-educated and skilled workforce is essential to attracting and retaining quality jobs in the metro Atlanta region, and a strong and well-supported education system is a foundation for this work. As the global workforce evolves, it is more important than ever to improve the alignment between student instruction, teacher preparation, employee skills and the jobs our employers need to fill.

  • Grow, Retain and Attract an Educated Workforce: Support initiatives such as HOPE & Zell Miller Scholarships and Grants, Move-On-When-Ready Apprenticeships, Georgia College & Career Academies and other efforts that prepare our young people for post-secondary education and career opportunities in strategic industries. Advance policies that increase the retention of Georgia’s post-secondary graduateas and attract talent in high demand fields.
  • Develop Education Pathways Leading to Employment: Increase coordination of resources and alignment of curriculum between K-12 and higher education institutions to ensure the workforce needs of Georgia businesses and career needs of students are being met.
  • Support School Leaders and Teachers: Advocate for policies and legislation that prepare effective teachers and school leaders and strengthen the overall education workforce and the teaching profession.
  • Advocate for Innovation in Instruction and Curriculum: Support the promotion of STEM and Career & Technical education in K-12 and post-secondary education that will prepare students to become innovators, industry leaders and problem-solvers.
  • Support Early Learning: Advocate for policies that expand access and affordability of quality-rated childcare and Pre-K programs and facilities.
  • Promote Common Sense Education Reforms: Support funding reform that produces better student outcomes for all metro Atlanta students and other policies that ensure adequate and fair access to opportunities for achievement.

WATER, ENERGY & ENVIRONMENT

Our business leaders understand the interdependence between good stewardship of the natural environment and long-term business success. In addition to wise management of our water resources and environmental, we must work together to maintain high air quality while providing low-cost, reliable energy for residents and businesses.

  • Implement a Sustainable Water Plan: Implement an action-driven sustainable state water plan with focus on conservation, capturing our excess rainfall and effectively managing our water resources.
  • Maintain Interbasin Water Transfers (IBT): Support current law for managing IBT as a water management tool. Any revisions to IBT should be based on science, recommendations by the Department of Natural Resources, state and regional water planning efforts.
  • Promote Long-term Water Management: Fund long-term water management on a regional basis using the Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District and other water councils throughout Georgia.
  • Defend Against Federal Overreach: Secure needed funding to defend our state and the region against invasive regulatory overreach.
  • Promote Sustainable Development: Advocate for policies that ensure a clean, safe, reliable, affordable and diverse energy portfolio for Georgia as well as policies which support responsible management of all waste streams. Support development policies that enhance the sustainability reputation of the region and spur long-term economic growth.

Transportation

Metro Atlanta and Georgia have prospered because visionary leaders created, maintained and invested in our transportation infrastructure. Though key funding legislation was passed in the 2015-16 session, we still have a funding gap, especially for transit. Our growing economy demands that we move more people and goods, and expand our transportation options and networks.

  • Identify Long-term, Dedicated Funding Source for Improvement and Expansion of Transit Operations: Identify and enable long-term dedicated funding for transit. Support expansion of all of our public transit operators and encourage effective coordination among them. Strive for seamless, efficient service for riders, whether our long-term future is a single system or multiple interconnected systems.
  • Add Diverse Travel Modes: Support initiatives that encourage transit, managed-lane options, telecommuting, bike/pedestrian facilities and public/private solutions.
  • Increase Surface Transportation Funding: Seek to reduce dependence on federal aid and minimize regulatory burden by utilizing federal dollars for capital maintenance programs.
  • Upgrade Existing Freight Networks: Increase freight capacity and safety on our existing interstates and rail networks. Maximize operational and regulatory efficiencies for movement of freight.
  • Embrace New Technologies: Implement policies to establish Georgia as a leader in innovation, research and applied technology in transportation.