Growing the Economy
A strong, growing economy is essential to the success of any metropolitan region. During the last 30 years, few metro economies have been stronger than that of the Atlanta region. While the recent recession has slowed growth, long-term forecasts are for job growth and better economic performance between now and 2040.
One of the foundations of PLAN 2040 is a Regional Assessment (PDF), conducted in the early months of the planning process. This assessment examines key demographic and economic indicators and describes the region’s strengths and opportunities for future economic growth.
PLAN 2040 goals are focused on stimulating economic growth and sustaining the region’s economy through the following four principles:
- Focusing financial resources and public investments in existing communities.
- Establishing a region-wide economic and growth management strategy that includes federal, state, regional and local agencies, as well as non-governmental partners.
- Enhancing and diversifying economic development activities to include sectors like life sciences, logistics and transportation, agribusiness, energy and environmental technology, healthcare and eldercare, aerospace technology and entertainment and media production.
- Leveraging the diversity of the region – our people, places and opportunities – to continue to attract business and residents