(ATLANTA - Oct 12, 2012)
Keynote Speaker Bruce Katz Says Atlanta Region Has Building Blocks for a Strong Future
Pointing to strong universities, a vibrant arts scene, numerous Fortune 500 headquarters, livable communities and the world’s busiest airport, keynote speaker Bruce Katz said the Atlanta region has a solid foundation on which to build as it moves into a very different national and global economy. Katz, vice president of the Brookings Institute and founding director of the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program, spoke to more than 900 regional leaders today at the Atlanta Regional Commission’s (ARC) 14th annual State of the Region Breakfast at the Georgia World Congress Center.
Katz said that metro Atlanta already has the Fortune 500 companies needed to drive the economy. He discussed how metro Atlanta could use its position as an airborne logistics hub to catapult itself into a leadership role in the aerospace field. He said that the region’s universities are critical to the innovation required for keeping up with tomorrow’s new technologies and that its arts scene and burgeoning livable communities provide the quality of life sought by talented, educated workers.
Prior to Katz’s speech, ARC Chairman Tad Leithead, in his State of the Region address. Leithead acknowledged that, like the rest of the country, metro Atlanta has struggled in recent years. But he said that ARC stands ready to partner with the business community, nonprofit groups and anyone else who wants to work to make metro Atlanta one of the greatest regions in the United States.
Leithead also noted that ARC took arts and culture under its planning umbrella during 2012, thanks to a partnership with the Metro Atlanta Arts & Culture Coalition. And the event was a celebration of that partnership. Attendees admired art exhibits in the lobby prior to the breakfast and enjoyed performances from a jazz trio and a dance troupe as they ate. Up and coming recording artists and Alpharetta residents, “von Grey” performed the national anthem to open the show.
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