ARC Wants Public Feedback for Regional Economic Development Strategy

ARC Press Release

(ATLANTA – February 17, 2012)  The Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC), in collaboration with local economic development agencies, governments and chambers of commerce, is developing a Regional Economic Development Strategy for metro Atlanta. This strategy will help provide a clear roadmap to strengthen the region’s position within an increasingly competitive global economy.

The regional strategy will complement the plans being implemented around the 10-county region* and will tie into Governor Deal’s Georgia Competitiveness Initiative, sending a clear message to potential metro Atlanta workers, leaders, corporate citizens and investors that the region remains an economic leader, even during the current recession

“As one of the fastest growing metro areas in the nation for the last 40 years or so, the Atlanta region has not needed a lot of help in growing its economy,” said Tad Leithead, ARC Chairman. “Our local governments and chambers have done an outstanding job attracting new companies and workers to metro Atlanta. But as the region has struggled to recover from the recession, ARC thought a regional plan might make the area more competitive globally than any one community could be.”

As part of developing the regional strategy, ARC would like your input through an online survey. The survey will ask you to rate different elements of the region’s competitiveness along three broad areas:

  • People – socioeconomics, education and workforce dynamics
  • Prosperity – local economy, business climate and resources for existing businesses
  • Place – quality of life, community aesthetics, transportation and infrastructure

The survey will be a major component informing the plan’s recommendations and should take you 15 to 20 minutes to complete. Your responses are confidential. The survey will be available until Friday, February 24.

*Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Fulton, Gwinnett, Henry, Rockdale

For more information, contact:

Jim Jaquish

Atlanta Regional Commission

404.463.3194

Cell: 404.323.5634

jjaquish@atlantaregional.com

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