Focus: Atlanta 2020 Press Release

Focus: Atlanta 2020 Press Release

By: Felipe Rivas


October 27, 2020

Atlanta’s economic resilience in the face of unprecedented challenges to highlight business forum and launch of Focus: Atlanta 2020.

Atlanta, Ga. – In this time of uncertainty, Atlanta’s leaders are coming together in an online business forum to discuss the region’s economic climate and how to prepare for a post-pandemic world. Hosted by integrated media platform Capital Analytics, the highly anticipated event will take place on Thursday, Nov. 19, at 11:30 a.m. via Zoom Webinar. 

Following a brief introduction by Capital Analytics’ CEO Abby Melone, the forum will focus on three robust panel discussions and a keynote speech by Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport CEO John Selden. Also on the docket is the launch of the company’s critical annual analysis, Focus: Atlanta 2020. Compiled after eight months of thoroughly researched analysis, the third edition of Focus: Atlanta highlights the opportunities in Atlanta’s economy through C-level insider insights and key business intelligence. 

Known for its robust higher education system, diversifying industries, and home to the busiest airport in the world, Atlanta is poised to continue carrying Georgia’s reputation as the best state for business even in the midst of the coronavirus-related uncertainty. The challenges, and the steps taken to overcome them, are just some of the focal points in Focus: Atlanta 2020. Featuring exclusive insights from industry leaders, sector insiders, elected officials and heads of important institutions, the report analyzes the leading challenges facing the market and uncovers emerging opportunities for investors, entrepreneurs and innovators. The 2020 edition highlights economic activity throughout the metro area, and includes a special focus chapter on Clayton County.

During the forum, participants will address how the real estate, education and financial services sectors are positioning for success in a post-pandemic world. 

The panel “Looking toward 2021: What the future holds for Atlanta’s real estate market” will feature Perkins + Will Managing Principal for Atlanta’s Corporate, Commercial practice Kim Rousseau, Jamestown Properties CEO Matt Bronfman, and H.J. Russell & Company CEO Michael Russell. The “Inclusive Education: Diversity and its impact on upward mobility” panel will feature University of West Georgia President Brendan Kelly and Clark University President George French. The “Financial institutions and their adaptation to the virtual world panel” panel will feature FIS Global Senior Vice President & Division Executive for Debit & ATM Melissa Jankowski, Fifth Third Bank Regional President Randy Koporc, Peachtree Planning Tax Attorney James Gnefkow, and Wells Fargo Market Executive for Metro Atlanta Howard Kim. More panelists will be announced shortly.

Hundreds of high-level guests and officials from Atlanta’s key industries and economic institutions will be tuning into the event. 

“Atlanta is experiencing positive economic activity as individuals and companies eyeing the Southeast  choose Atlanta as a place to grow or relocate their operations,” said Abby Melone, president and CEO of Capital Analytics. “Despite the challenges put upon us by COVID-19, Capital Analytics remains steadfast in our purpose: to deliver in-depth business intelligence through its print and digital platforms. Now more than ever, information is not only necessary, it is vital.” 


About Capital Analytics & Focus: Atlanta 2020 

Capital Analytics is an integrated media platform that produces in-depth business intelligence through its annual print and digital economic reviews, high-impact conferences and events and top-level interviews via its video platform, Invest: Insights.

Focus: Atlanta 2020 is an in-depth economic review of the key issues facing Atlanta’s economy, featuring the exclusive insights of prominent industry leaders. Focus: Atlanta  is produced with two goals in mind: 1) to provide comprehensive investment knowledge on Atlanta to local, national and international investors, and 2) to promote Atlanta as a place to invest and do business.

The book conducts a deep dive into the top economic sectors in the county, including real estate, construction, utilities and infrastructure, transportation and aviation, banking and finance, legal, healthcare, education, and arts, culture and tourism. The publication is compiled from insights collected from more than 200 economic leaders, sector insiders, political leaders and heads of important institutions. It analyzes the leading challenges facing the market and uncovers emerging opportunities for investors, entrepreneurs and innovators.

For more information, contact: 

Max Crampton-Thomas

Regional Editor

305-523-9708 Ext: 233