Focus: Atlanta 2021 Launch Conference to showcase region’s potential

Focus: Atlanta 2021 Launch Conference to showcase region’s potential

2022-07-11T06:08:44-04:00October 19th, 2021|Atlanta, Economy, Press Releases|

Writer: Alejandro Sanchez

2 min read October 2021 — With one of the busiest airports in the world, a low corporate tax structure and a highly educated workforce, Atlanta is transforming into a national economic model for the post-pandemic landscape. This transformation will be at the center of the official Focus: Atlanta 2021 Launch Conference on Thursday, Nov. 18. 

During the launch conference of Focus: Atlanta 2021, a business intelligence report compiled by media platform Capital Analytics, local Industry and community leaders will come together to discuss the region’s economic climate and the prospects for the post-COVID business environment. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport General Manager Balram Bheodari will be the keynote speaker. 

“We are honored to have such a wonderful group of panelists and speakers for the release of our fourth edition of Focus: Atlanta. Despite the tremendous challenges, the region has emerged from the pandemic stronger and ready to experience a new era of economic prosperity,” Capital Analytics CEO Abby Melone said. “Few publications manage to provide in-depth analysis of the business ecosystem of the markets we cover, including Atlanta. We are happy to showcase the region’s economic potential through its resilient leadership.”

Melone will present the opening remarks for the conference, which starts at 11 a.m. on Zoom Webinar. She will be followed by an opening keynote speech by Bheodari and three robust panel discussions. 

The first panel, “Financial Future: How yesterday’s challenges are influencing tomorrow’s innovations and opportunities,” will look at the transformation of the industry and the region as a national focus for the expansion of financial institutions. Moderated by Adrian Cronje, CEO of Balentine, the panelists will be Fifth Third Bank’s Regional President of Georgia Randy Koporc; Cardea Capital Investment Committee Chair Carolyn LaRocco; and Hancock Askew Tax Partner John McElderry. 

The second panel, “Healthcare of Tomorrow: How innovation and technology are shaping the future of healthcare” will discuss how recent technological advancements in the healthcare industry are changing the sector’s landscape and the importance of innovation looking into the future. Moderated by Ted Blum, Greenberg Traurig’s managing shareholder for Atlanta and chair of the Atlanta Corporate and Securities practice, the panelists will be Perkins+Will Southeast Regional Healthcare Practice Leader Jim Bynum; McGuireWoods Atlanta Managing Partner Christopher Greene; and Ascend Medical CEO Jason Madsen. 

The third panel, “Equity and Social Mobility: How arts, education and technology sit at the intersection of a more accessible future”, will look at the integral role arts, education and technology play in creating a more equitable society. Moderated by Larry Williams, president and CEO of the Technology Association of Georgia, the panelists will be the Arts Institute of Atlanta Interim President Elden Monday; Communities in Schools of Atlanta CEO Frank Brown; and Woodruff Arts Center President and CEO Hala Moddelmog. 

The Focus: Atlanta 2021 report provides an in-depth look at what makes the region’s economy tick and the challenges that remain from the perspective of over 200 local leaders and elected officials. 

The steady supply of a well-educated workforce along with the strong, collaborative environment among academic communities, state and local government and private industry have bolstered Atlanta and made the region a popular landing point for businesses and residents alike. In fact, the opportunities brought by relocations to Atlanta is a main focus of this year’s report. 

Focus: Atlanta 2021 looks at the region’s key industries, including healthcare, manufacturing, finance, logistics, technology, infrastructure, life sciences and tourism, that drive the local economy, while considering the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Atlanta has enjoyed continuous growth and economic expansion in recent years. Based on this solid foundation, the region is poised to emerge stronger in a post-COVID-19 landscape. 

More than 500 Atlanta business leaders are expected to attend the digital conference. Click here to register.

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