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GeorgiaForward 2011 Forum Report

  1. 1. 2011 GeorgiaForward ForumCreating an Innovation Agenda for GeorgiaAugust 17-18, 2011Pine Mountain, Georgia
  2. 2. ContentsPreface………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 3Executive Summary………………………………………………………………………………………….. 5How Can Georgia Foster Innovation? ……………………………………………………………………... 7Speaker Recap……………………………………………………………………………………………….. 8Panel Recap………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 11Social Media Recap………………………………………………………………………………………….. 13An Innovation Agenda for Education……………………………………………………………………….. 15Creating a Vision for Statewide Prosperity…………………………………………………………………. 17Acknowledgements…………………………………………………………………………………………… 20Appendix……………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 23 Agenda……………………………………………………………………………………………….. 24 List of Registrants and Panelists………………………………………………………………….. 27 2 2011 GeorgiaForward Forum
  3. 3. Preface Amir Farokhi Executive Director, GeorgiaForward2011 marked the second year for GeorgiaForward and funds and holding poor performing schools to the highestits annual Forum. Over the last year, GeorgiaForward expectations.has received tax-exempt status as a 501(c)(3) non-profitorganization, built a statewide Board of Directors, hosted The theme of the 2011 Forum was Creating anopen conference calls with key policy makers and Innovation Agenda for Georgia. As participantsexpanded its annual Forum. explored a range of pressing issues, they were asked to prioritize, through an interactive session, the topThis year, the GeorgiaForward Forum brought together two issues facing Georgia and then offer innovativeover 200 business, government, academic and civil solutions or goals for addressing those issues. Yousociety leaders from over 100 organizations and 20 can find the results of those sessions in this report.Georgia cities. The event and took place in the midst ofdifficult economic times for Georgia. Growth in every In 2012, GeorgiaForward will continue to engageregion of the state has slowed, unemployment is higher stakeholders in honest, open and ambitious dialoguethan the national average and education, infrastructure about the state’s future. We also want you toand health care challenges loom large. Yet, despite this articulate specific goals and solutions for Georgia’sbackdrop, through the lens of innovation, the Forum success. To this end, we need your participation,explored transformative solutions. Forum participants expertise and input. Join us in these conversationsasked big questions and examined bold and, in some and commit to acting for the good of Georgia. Indeed,cases, overdue solutions. These included allowing while visionary leadership is important, equallyGeorgia’s pension system to invest in venture capital important is the willingness of stakeholders to collaborate and propose solutions. 3 2011 GeorgiaForward Forum
  4. 4. Hill Hardman (Routematch Software), Mike Gerber (ARCHE) and John Hardman (First Light Ventures) Tjuan Dogan (IBM) and Curley Dossman (Georgia-Pacific)Terry Lawler (Regional Business Coalition of Metro Atlanta), Kris Hattaway (New Town Macon)Tom Ratcliffe (Coastal Georgia Regional Water PlanningCouncil) & Dan Bollinger (Southwest Georgia Regional Council) 4 2011 GeorgiaForward Forum
  5. 5. Executive Summary: Creating An Innovation Agenda for GeorgiaThe 2011 GeorgiaForward Forum brought together Yet, despite these challenges, Georgia has strengthsover 200 business, government, academic and civil and advantages. Higher education institutions aresociety leaders from over 100 organizations and 20 highly-regarded. Hartsfield-Jackson AtlantaGeorgia cities to create an “Innovation Agenda for International Airport and the state’s ports are massiveGeorgia.” economic engines. Abundant natural resources sustain a strong tourism and agricultural sectors. The stateParticipants were asked to think about innovative, remains among the best in the country in which to docross-sector solutions to the state’s policy challenges, business and is a center for global public health,from transportation to economic development, health corporate headquarters and technology. The cost-of-care to education, and how best to create an living remains low. And, not to be discounted, Georgiaenvironment in which innovation is valued and leaders remain highly motivated and positive aboutcultivated. continuing the state’s success. To succeed, however, Georgia must be more collaborative, show greater vision and political will and produce more innovative people and solutions. This year, at the Forum, participants were asked which issues were most critical to Georgia’s success. The first was dramatically improving K-12 education. According to participants, the quality of public education was critical to meeting nearly every other policy challenge, from economic development to public health to quality of life. To evolve into an innovative, sustainable state, Georgia needs a publicIndeed, the economic recession challenging Georgia education system that produces critical thinkers andand the United States, coupled with the growth of creative global minds while also meeting Georgia’scompetitive middle classes in India, China, Brazil and vocational needs. Georgia can no longer rely onlyothers, provided a backdrop requiring new approaches on the importation of educated talent and must befor building on old successes. better at producing those with skills and talent to st meet the needs of their regions in the 21 century.As background, Metro Atlanta’s rapid growth thatfueled much of Georgia’s growth over the last 40 years Discussions on K-12 education included:has slowed. In its wake sits a state with enormouseconomic disparities, little vision for statewide • Improving the quality of early childhoodprosperity and a number of fundamental policy teaching and curricula, particularly withchallenges. Statewide unemployment is at 10.1%, a respect to literacy;full percentage point higher than the national level.Many cities have yet to diversify their economies to • Raising our expectations as to the quality ofadjust to smaller demand for domestic manufacturing teachers necessary and levels ofand a more global economy. Math, science and achievement possible; andreading scores of Georgia’s students are either in themiddle of the pack or the bottom quartile among • Developing a curriculum that producesstates. critical thinkers and innovators alongside strengthening vocational training in some The comparative rise of other states and major regions of the state. metropolitan regions, make attracting the best talent to Georgia a more competitive proposition. The absence Second, participants prioritized the development of a of ample venture capital often pushes innovative minds “Vision for Statewide Prosperity”, reasoning that a and companies to other states. The state’s coordinated, inclusive plan for lifting each region of the transportation network, despite strong road and shipping state was badly needed. While Georgia might have a rail lines, struggles to meet the needs of rural, urban competitive advantage within the U.S. on price, globally it and ageing communities. Long-term water supply does not. Accordingly, Georgia must increase the quality solutions have yet to be fully articulated. State of its output. This requires creative leveraging of existing revenues have yet to find solid footing and additional advantages and seizing opportunities in emerging fields budget cuts are likely. Frustratingly, political and markets. To scale good ideas Georgia must provide partisanship prevents pragmatic problem-solving. funding to take advantage of talent. Moreover, good policy 5 2011 GeorgiaForward Forum
  6. 6. making requires cooperation and action at the intersection The consensus among participants was that Georgiaof government, business and civil society. can no longer afford to allow its divides to get in the way of smart, proactive policy. Silos, whether regionalToo many regions of Georgia do not have sustainable or industry-based, are impediments to the problem- st21 century economies. solving needed for Georgia to succeed on a global playing field. Integral to success is visionary leadershipIn the discussion regarding developing a vision for that puts the state’s interests above electoral orstatewide prosperity, participants articulated the industry interests.need to: Over the course of the 2011 Forum, participants heard • Break down silos among regions and from keynote speakers and participated in panel sectors and promote collaboration, workshops and an interactive agenda-setting session. cooperation and integrated regional This format allowed participants to hear experts in fields development approaches; and regions other than their own and think about approaches that might benefit each corner of the state. • Develop incubators for bolstering core What follows are key outcomes from the Forum. strengths, like health care and logistics, and developing new ones across the state; and • Articulate what Georgia wants to look like and then develop a comprehensive plan to achieve the vision. Megan Sparks (Leadership Atlanta), Tjuan Dogan (IBM) Lisa Borders (Grady Health Foundation), AJ Robinson and Ben Reeves (Cushman & Wakefield) (Central Atlanta Progress), Cheryl Lomax (Bank of America) and Ann Cramer (IBM) 6 2011 GeorgiaForward Forum
  7. 7. How Can Georgia Foster Innovation?A pre-Forum survey, asked for ideas to foster countries are doing (e.g., Germany) withinnovation in in public policy making or in the private respect to public-private partnerships, masssector. Forum participants also offered their ideas. transit and infrastructure.Below are some select responses: • Provide more state support for research and • Allow the state pension fund to invest in development, including stem cell research. venture capital and private Georgia companies. • Create special incubators around the state to fund and leverage the economic strengths or • Instead of rewarding the “old guard” for past potential of each region. service, make heroes out of new innovators. • Ultimately, we need less provincial more • Innovation requires innovative individuals. visionary leadership. • Reform public education curricula to • Increase the talent at all levels of public policy emphasize critical-thinking, creativity and making. innovation. • Invest in education, alternative energy • Encourage entrepreneurship. infrastructure. • Provide competitive funding for new • Consider a statewide version of the civilian initiatives. conservation corps to employ citizens to work in state parks. • Foster growth in the arts sector. • Promote cross-regional incentives. • The state has to create an environment that welcomes innovation, promotes the creation • Reduce regulation. of small business and attracts the creative class. • Find a pragmatic balance between tax breaks and tax revenue that is grounded in data and • Be less tradition-bound and conservative in not political or industry hyperbole. our thinking. Consider things that other Bank of America Senior Vice President Cheryl Lomax presents a $50,000 check to the Georgia Council on Economic Education, represented by its Executive Director, David Martin. 7 2011 GeorgiaForward Forum
  8. 8. Speaker Recap The typical state gets 35-42% of its revenues from the federal government. That is not sustainable. States that are assuming that the past is prologue are making a big mistake…Government has an important role to play but government is not the engine of innovation and job creation. David Walker, CEO, Comeback America Initiative If we are going to survive, if we are going to be relevant as a state, we must innovate. We simply cannot afford not to innovate. ------- We have the strategic vertical integration to drive innovation. We have to start identifying and attracting innovators. Ross Mason, Founder, Healthcare Institute for Neuro-Recovery and Innovation You are a middle of the pack state [with regard to educational performance]. Not a great place to be in a knowledge economy. ------- You have to ask why we aren’t aiming higher. [It’s] really important that you not be left behind again as other states are moving forward with much higher standards. ------- Nobody ought to be an ineffective teacher for more than two years. They ought to be gone. Kati Haycock, President, The Education Trust 40% of jobs lost in the recession were in the high wage category. Only 10% of jobs created post- recession have been in the high wage category. ------- If we are not willing to learn from others and change the way we do business, we are missing a lot of opportunities. Chad Evans, Senior Vice President, Council on Competitiveness 8 2011 GeorgiaForward Forum
  9. 9. th States are operating “a 20 century tax st system for a 21 century economy.” ------- Tax on services is where the economy has moved to. Some states are moving toward that model incrementally. Michelle Mariani Vaughn, Pew Center for the States Social media is the most important asset right now. It is how I leverage support; it is how I get people to connect with me…it is the biggest source of inspiration and change, for free, absolutely free. Navneet Singh Narula, CEO of nBrilliance [When it comes to demography,] Georgia is the new California. ------- Georgia has a very fast growing population under the age of 18. By 2030, there will be an additional 1.1 million people under the age of 18 than there are right now. That is a lot of people. 1 out of 5 will be Hispanic…When we talk about Georgia, it is becoming a very diverse group. How do you plan for this change in Georgia? Matthew Hauer, Public Service Assistant, Carl Vinson Institute Applied Demography Program, University of Georgia You cannot get away from government. At all levels, government is part of the innovation chain. Stephen Fleming, Vice Provost, Enterprise Innovation Institute, Georgia Institute of Technology9 2011 GeorgiaForward Forum
  10. 10. (L-R) Michael Love (GeorgiaForward) and Brian Brodrick (L-R) Diane Waugh (Coca-Cola), Ann Cramer (IBM), Erik(Jackson Spalding) Johnson (Woodruff Foundation) and Lesley Grady (Community Foundation of Metro Atlanta). Panel: The State of Education in Georgia Clair and Catherine Muller Heather Alhadeff (Perkins + Will) moderates a transportation panel. 10 2011 GeorgiaForward Forum
  11. 11. Panel RecapCentral to the 2011 Forum were a series of panel public health relates to economicworkshops covering transportation, education, development;economic development, water, healthcare and • Georgia’s high rates of obesity and relatedgovernance. Each of the panel workshops included a chronic diseases; andpanel of experts followed by either an interactive • The need for more robust local health careproblem-solving session for participants and/or Q+A systems that can identify and implementwith the panelists. A complete listing of the panels strategies for disease prevention.and panelists can be found in the Forum agenda inthe Appendix to this Report. Finally, participants were asked where Georgia should focus its energies and limited resources in improvingKey takeaways and highlights from select panels health care and public health. The top three solutionsincluded the following: included:Panel Workshop: The State of Education in Georgia: • Raise the tobacco tax to deter tobaccoStrengths Weaknesses and Opportunities use and raise revenue for Medicare; • Restore physical education in publicAs noted in greater detail later in this Report, the schools; andquality of public education in Georgia was of • Improve incentives to purchaseparamount concern to most attendees. Participants of nutritious foods (e.g., use EBT cards atthis workshop identified several approaches they felt farmer’s markets and offer sales taxwere key to improving educational outcomes in exemptions to industries purchasingGeorgia. These included: healthy foods). • Improving teacher quality through training Panel Workshop: What Do the Project Lists Mean for and mentoring; Georgia’s Transportation Future? • Empowering principals to learn from high performing schools and poor performing In 2012, Georgia voters will vote on whether to tax schools while also being given guidelines themselves one cent to fund a list of transportation related to achieving national goals (e.g., Race projects. The list of transportation projects are to the Top); and decided by political roundtables in twelve regions. • Increasing community support of schools Two days before the Forum, the projects lists for each with smarter parent outreach initiatives. region were released pending final approval later in 2011. This panel’s conversation included a widePanel Workshop: The State of Healthcare and Public range of perspectives from rural to urban, counties toHealth in Georgia cities. Despite these different perspectives, panelists and participants agreed that there were commonalitiesGeorgia has its share of healthcare and public health among them including the positive economic impactchallenges. Here, participants agreed that the top that a new infusion of cash for transportationhealth care challenges facing Georgia were: infrastructure would have, particularly in light of under- investment in transportation infrastructure for many • The high rate of uninsured residents years; a collective desire to care about the prosperity (approximately 2 million uninsured of future generations of Georgians; and the Georgians); importance in good transportation network and a • Spotty access to health care, especially in thriving economy to keep university students in state. rural areas; While participants were encouraged by the • Too few residency spots for training statesmanship and cooperation evident in much of the physicians of all specialties; and project list selection process, there were lingering • Lack of knowledge among residents about concerns about (1) whether voters would see the how personal behavior choices can affect benefit of the tax; and (2) the lack of statewide vision health and health outcomes. on transportation infrastructure.Participants also agreed that the top three public Panel Workshop: Solving Georgia’s Long-Termhealth challenges include: Water Supply Problem • Raising public awareness as to how public Georgia is mired in a long legal battle with Alabama health is distinct from health care and how and Florida regarding water access and consumption. 11 2011 GeorgiaForward Forum
  12. 12. Yet, Georgia still receives, on average, abundant rainrelative to most states. What are solutions to Panel Workshop: Do Creative Economies Work andGeorgia’s long-term water needs? Where will Can They Strengthen Georgia?industry, agriculture, power plants and people get thewater they need? Participants praised the state for Georgia has a strong arts eco-system and, yet, artsallocating money to build additional reservoirs but and culture rarely receive a prominent place in thecalled on the state to pursue more innovative and economic development discussion. Recently, thecomprehensive approaches to encouraging and music and film industry has seen remarkable growthincentivizing conservation. Other popular, if not aided in part by state programs and tax incentives for thcontroversial, approaches included inter-basin film production. While Georgia ranks 11 per capita in thtransfers, higher water rates, regional water sharing the number of creative economy businesses and 4agreements and rainwater catchment systems. per capita in creative economy employees, it ranks th 47 in state funding for the arts. Panelists exploredPanel Workshop: The Politics of Slower Growth the economic benefits of the arts in rural towns and major cities and the link between the arts andAfter experiencing rapid or sustained growth across innovation and the arts and tourism. Also of concernmuch of the state, most Georgia municipalities and is the fear that Georgia is losing talented youngcounties are now faced with much slower growth. As professionals to cities like Austin, New Orleans anda result, less tax revenue has forced local San Francisco due to their strong arts ecosystems.governments to make difficult decisions regarding thedelivery of services. Experts in this panel workshop Too many cities view economic development throughmade the following observations: an old paradigm of manufacturing. This view has • Slow growth can be viewed as an opportunity slowed the economic reinvention of some smaller as it gives those that experienced rapid towns. Chattanooga, Tennessee was cited as a city growth time to catch up to community needs. that used the arts to transform a decaying downtown • The past few years can be viewed as the into a vibrant urban core. Participants stated the need “great reset”, forcing local government to to grow the role of the arts as economic focus on its core mission and service delivery. development through more visible leadership (and • State and local relations remain strong funding) from the state and greater visibility of the because cities are not totally dependent on impact that the arts have on communities and state budgets. Georgia’s economy. • Residents want high level of services but low taxes, a difficult demand. Public safety is Panel Workshop: Solving Georgia’s Childhood often the one non-negotiable for residents and Reading Problem often consumes 50% of municipal operating budgets. Only 30% of Georgia’s children read at grade level by • The slower economy has helped sharpen the grade 3. The long-term economic and societal impact economic development focus of localities, of such underperformance is dramatic. Students that often focusing on boosting and redeveloping fall behind in reading rarely recover academically and downtowns. often do not graduate high school. Part of the • Government needs leaders who have the problem is that only 17% of a child’s day in Pre-K in courage and guts to make tough Georgia is spent on language instruction. decisions. Disagreements surfaced on the level of the state’s • The number of state and federal mandates concern for this issue, citing increased lip-service to make it difficult for small, rural counties and the issue but little transformation in policy and funding. cities to meet all the requirements, particularly In order to reverse course, teachers need be trained when those requirements require significant in the latest methods and practices for encouraging costs. verbal communication and increasing reading aptitude. Integral to this approach, better research is • There may be too many cities and counties needed on the conditions under which children in Georgia, which might lead to increased learn to read. conversations on consolidation of services or shared purchasing agreements. 12 2011 GeorgiaForward Forum
  13. 13. Social Media RecapForum participants were encouraged to publish reactions on Forum speakers or events via Twitter #gafwd. Below isa sample of some of the “Tweets”. iruncampaigns Demography is destiny! GeorgiaForward Awesome presentation @StephenFleming: meritocracy, free markets, by Matt Hauer with the immigrants, collaboration & freedom to fail are Carl Vinson Institute at key to innovation. #gafwd Georgia Forward! #gafwd chadevans1019 @DaveWalkerCAI rocking his luncheon paulgoggin keynote @GeorgiaForward #gafwd…Visit I hate it when so many people are – Restoring Fiscal Sanity tweeting about an interesting conference - that I’m missing  #gafwd RyanTaylorAIA GeorgiaForward StephenFleming @GeorgiaForward Forum digital Kati Haycock of Ross King: more audience poll identifies #education as Educ. Trust: US discussion of city-county the most important issue/challenge falling behind (and multiple county!) for #Georgia. #gafwd #gapolitics developed countries consolidation in Georgia at scary rate. Start over last 12 months than I giving have ever seen. #gafwd underperforming kids more, not less #gafwd joeventures “I was in GA Senate for 12 years GeorgiaForward & I learned more about what Don’t need more med schools; need arts mean to GA communities in bigger med schools with higher the past hour than I did in 12 quality education. Dr. Azziz at #gafwd years.” #gafwd 13 2011 GeorgiaForward Forum
  14. 14. GeorgiaForward Board Chair, AJ RobinsonColumbus Mayor Teresa Tomlinson Bill Steiner (NW GA Regional Comm.) Cynthia Perry Young (Bank of America) Augusta Mayor Deke Copenhaver(L-R) Hill Hardman, Megan Sparks, Howard Franklin, Rukiya Eaddy, Amanda Shailendra, Mary Ann Portt, John Hardman and Amir Farokhi. 14 2011 GeorgiaForward Forum
  15. 15. An Innovation Agenda for EducationOf the many policy challenges facing Georgia, none future success and the issue that GeorgiaForwardreceives as much interest and call for action as public should focus its work on over the next year?”education. At the 2011 Forum, participants were Education received the highest vote total (37%)asked for the “most important issue to Georgia’s among the 106 attendees participating in the poll. What is the most important issue to Georgia’s future success and the issue that GeorgiaForward should focus its work on over the next year? Environmental Sustainability Quality of Life 3% 6% Regional Competition Healthcare and Public 1% Health Transportation 2% Infrastructure 12% Job Growth Water 11% 6% A Vision for Statewide Prosperity 22% Public Education 37%Accordingly, in the Forum’s interactive visioning What are the most important goals to whichsession, participants were asked to discuss the Georgia must aspire if it is to make transformativefollowing questions: change in public education? • What are the most important goals within this In the wake of a keynote address by Kati Haycock of issue area which Georgia must aspire to if it is The Education Trust calling on Georgia to raise to make transformative change? expectations for all students and not to accept mediocre or failing teachers, significant discussion • What are 2 to 3 ways we can significantly drive centered on goals that address changing perceptions progress in this issue area over the next 5-10 about education and improving teacher and years? curriculum quality. Among the goals discussed were: • What will we and other leaders/stakeholders • Start early and expect excellence from the have to do differently to promote innovative start. solutions to policy challenges in this issue area? • Zero in on key performance or quality goals and commit to making progress.A summary of the responses and ideas generated inthe interactive session follows: 15 2011 GeorgiaForward Forum
  16. 16. • Focus on building public will for valuing education and expecting excellence. • Focus on early childhood development and education, especially early childhood literacy • Provide teachers with strong professional from ages 0-8. development and better salaries while also weeding out poor teachers. What will leaders/stakeholders have to do differently to promote innovative solutions to • Focus on early childhood education, education policy challenges? particularly language and literacy skills. Talk means little without action. While the Forum • Ensure that curriculum not only prepares consisted of ambitious and thoughtful conversations, critical-thinkers but also does not eliminate only action and a change in behavior will create the career specific curricula. transformative change needed in Georgia’s public education system. Participants recommended theWhat are ways to significantly drive progress in following behavioral and strategy changes necessarypublic education over the next 5-10 years? to make significant improvements to Georgia public education.There are no shortages of theories on how best toimprove public education. For decades, debates • Commit to putting students before politics andhave raged over funding levels, class sizes, access to demand that legislators and state agenciestechnology, teacher quality, the role of the parental embrace best-in-class approaches and highinvolvement and external factors. The 2011 Forum expectations.was no different. While consensus on a few specificgoals was elusive, approaches that gained repeated • Hold the quality of teachers as paramount tomention or support included: educational success. • Institutionalize the expectation of success and • Raise standards and education levels of excellence; do not weaken standards for teachers while providing teachers with ample learning or teaching. professional support. • Encourage innovation: from systems to the • Create an environment that is open to kinds of schools available to curriculum to innovation and adaptation and willing to instruction. abandon unsuccessful approaches. • Develop of a statewide communications plan • Study states that have made significant gains relating to educational expectations and in public education (e.g., Massachusetts). strategy. • Articulate a set of goals and then doggedly • Connect islands of educational excellence pursue those goals. through technology and expose low- performing schools/districts to their methods. OUTCOME • Evolve curriculum to meet real world Transformative change to public education in Georgia requirements including producing global- will take considerable more thought, specific goal- minded, innovative, critical thinkers and setting and collaboration. Yet, participants in this offering vocational schooling where needed. year’s GeorgiaForward Forum agreed that it was time to articulate a vision and then act. Failing to do so • Incorporate more public-private partnerships imperils the Georgia’s economic viability and the into the education system. future of Georgia’s growing young population. Accordingly, GeorgiaForward is developing a plan to • Instead of premising the curriculum around lead a transformative goal-setting process for (sometimes weak) standardized testing, dramatically improving Georgia’s public education change assessment practices to focus on a system. portfolio of desired skills and knowledge. 16 2011 GeorgiaForward Forum
  17. 17. A Vision for Statewide ProsperityIn Georgia, disparities in regional economic the absence of a vision for statewide prosperity ledperformance, natural resource consumption and many Forum participants to call for urgent articulationhealth and education outcomes result in deep-seeded of such vision. In a poll participated in by 104 Forumresentment and distrust. This distrust often manifests attendees, a vision for statewide prosperity wasitself in political battles which, in turn, makes viewed as the second most important issue toconsensus and vision rare. Although many localities Georgia’s future success.and regions have robust, thoughtful long-range plans, What is the second most important issue to Georgia’s future success and that GeorgiaForward should focus its work on over the next year? Environmental Quality of Life Sustainability 6% 7% Regional Competition 1% Transportation Infrastructure 21% Job Growth 14% Healthcare and Public Health 11% Public Education 4% A Vision for Statewide Water Prosperity 8% 28%While this poll did not result in broad consensus, the best to develop a vision for it. Ultimately, however,Forum’s interactive workshop asked participants to there was broad agreement that the infrastructure fordiscuss what is necessary for the development of a developing such a vision needs to (1) be created andvision for statewide prosperity and what prosperity that any such process be open, take into account allmeans. citizens of Georgia; (2) not be purely an economic vision; and (3) propose solutions that fit a commonSimilar to the interactive sessions on public education, vision but are decidedly local. To this latter goal,participants were asked three questions. A summary participants often spoke of doing a better jobof the responses and ideas generated in the interactive leveraging the agriculture industry in southwestsession follows: Georgia, the medical strengths of Augusta, the military bases near Columbus and Hinesville, theWhat are the most important goals to which innovative talent in Atlanta and protecting naturalGeorgia must aspire if it is to make transformative resources in north and coastal Georgia, amongchange the development of vision for statewide others. Below are goals articulated at the Forum toprosperity? which leaders and the state should aspire here:Forum participants approached this issue with a wide • Break down silos between education, water,range of ideas on what prosperity means and how economic development, quality of life, energy, 17 2011 GeorgiaForward Forum
  18. 18. public health and infrastructure. These • Connect academics, policy makers and issues are interrelated and cannot be business community in this process. addressed individually. • Create the infrastructure for a creative, open • Define prosperity to include civic, cultural, statewide planning process. economic, social, health, quality of life and education. Aim to create happy, healthy • Develop an incubation culture that is focused engaged citizens. on a few key issues and that seeks out and supports big and small projects and • Aspire to develop a common statewide vision companies that will benefit the state. with local solutions. What will leaders/stakeholders have to do • Aim to develop a vision that leverages local differently to promote the development of vision strengths like locally grown food, tourism, the for statewide prosperity? arts, higher education, military bases, natural resources and healthcare. To say that Georgians are frustrated with the absence of vision and pragmatic problem-solving is an • Develop reasons for the best and brightest to understatement. Central to their frustration is a come to and stay in Georgia. seemingly intractable clash of partisan politics, egos and regional and local balkanization. While • Allow state pension funds to invest in the disagreement is expected and at times healthy, venture capital market, to both grow local Georgia needs to do things differently, pull together ideas and attract outside venture capital and help one another if it wants to have continued firms. success. Participants called on leaders to make the following changes to help a statewide vision take • Make Georgia welcoming to outsiders, flight: including immigrants, because they have an enormously positive impact on the state’s • Work together and overcome regional and economy and quality of life and are major political egos and stalemates. drivers of innovation. • Be willing to listen to all Georgians and • Do not leave behind adults that need literacy incorporate their vision. education or new workface training. • Commit to an integrated statewide plan. • Make robust use of tax allocation districts, community improvement districts and • Think and plan beyond political terms. empowerment zones. • Engage young leadership. • Collect good data on where we are as a state and where we want to go. • Articulate the need for a statewide vision to the public.What are ways to significantly drive progress inthe development of vision for statewide prosperity OUTCOMEover the next 5-10 years? The development and articulation of a vision forIdeas abound as to how best make a vision for statewide prosperity requires significant time,statewide prosperity become reality. Some ideas resources and engagement from many people.articulated at the Forum follow: Participants at the 2011 Forum felt strongly that any such effort be grassroots, collaborative and take a • Be willing to listen to one another across the broad view of prosperity. GeorgiaForward will state and collaborate. continue to be a voice calling for the development of a statewide visioning process and, if appropriate, may • Identify a leader or leading organization (or seek to lead such an effort. In the interim, both) that can drive this process in a GeorgiaForward will work to engage Georgians professional, open and positive way. around the state to help disparate regions see common interests and opportunities for collaboration. 18 2011 GeorgiaForward Forum
  19. 19. Kathryn Dennis (Community Foundation of Central Kymberlee Estis (Task Force for Global Health), Cliff PyronGeorgia) and Danah Craft (Georgia Food Bank Assoc.) (Georgia Ports Authority) and Steve McWilliams (Georgia Forestry Association) Mattice Haynes Julie Ralston (Atlanta Regional Commission); Harry Matt Hauer (Univ. of Georgia, West (Georgia Tech) & Patricia Barmeyer Vinson Institute) & Michele (King & Spalding LLP) Mariani Vaughn (Pew Center)Rickey Bevington (Georgia Public Broadcasting) and Terry Lawler Mien Dang 19 2011 GeorgiaForward Forum
  20. 20. AcknowledgementsGeorgiaForward would like to thank the following sponsors for their support of the 2011 GeorgiaForward Forum: Gold Sponsors Silver Sponsors Bronze Sponsors Supporting Sponsors Media SponsorGeorgiaForward would like to thank the following individuals and organizations for their assistance in organizing,supporting and/or running the 2011 Forum:Michael Love, Camillia Brown, Wilma Sothern, Pamela Henman, Lynn Williamson, Dan Williams, Meg Modjeski, Jennifer Ball,Isaac Boring, Dr. David Sjoquist, Megan Sparks, Dr. Janet Cummings, Mien Dang, Dr. Tony Mallon, Jamila Owens, LauraMcCarty, Emily Boness, Melanie Carlson, Dr. Janet Rechtman, Mattie Haynes and The Art of Community, Central AtlantaProgress, Association of County Commissioners of Georgia, Georgia Municipal Association, Georgia Economic DevelopersAssociation, Technology Association of Georgia, and Active Production and Design. We also thank all of our speakers,panelists and moderators, without whom great ideas would not have flourished at the Forum. 20 2011 GeorgiaForward Forum
  21. 21. Acknowledgements (cont.) 2011 Forum Steering Committee: Shan Arora, Southface David Edwards, IBM Mattice Haynes, Art of Community Amir Farokhi, GeorgiaForward Sean Framton Dr. Thomas Lockamy, Savannah-Chatham County Schools Dr. Janet Rechtman, Fanning Institute, UGA Otis White, Civic-Strategies Dave Wills, Association of County Commissioners of Georgia Ben Young, Georgia Trend Magazine GeorgiaForward 2011 Board of Directors A.J. Robinson, Board Chair, President, Central Atlanta Progress Charles Stripling, Board Vice Chair, Stripling, Inc./Agricultural Landowner Renay Blumenthal, Sr. Vice President, Public Policy, Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce Bill Bolling, Founder and CEO, Atlanta Community Food Bank Amanda Brown-Olmstead, President, Amanda Brown-Olmstead and Associates Deke Copenhaver, Mayor, City of Augusta Ann Cramer, Director of Corporate Community Relations, IBM Doc Eldridge, President, Athens Area Chamber of Commerce Lesley Grady, Sr. Vice President of Community Partnerships, Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta Hill Hardman, Director of Corporate Strategy and Development, RouteMatch Software Howard Morrison, Lebanon Plantation; Co-Founder and Chair, Savannah Ocean Exchange Catherine Ross, Director, Georgia Tech Center for Quality Growth and Regional Development Wilma Sothern, Vice President of Marketing, Central Atlanta Progress Charles Strawser, Vice President of Finance, Central Atlanta Progress Ben Young, Associate Publisher, Georgia Trend Magazine 21 2011 GeorgiaForward Forum
  22. 22. The views expressed in this report do not necessarily reflect those of GeorgiaForward. GeorgiaForward 50 Hurt Plaza Suite 110 Atlanta, GA 30303 Tel: 404-658-5919 Fax: 404-658-1919 Follow GeorgiaForward on Facebook and Twitter Together, Improving the State of Our State GeorgiaForward is an independent, non-partisan organization working to improve the state of Georgia by engaging business, political, academic and civil leaders to collaboratively shape a statewide vision and policy agenda. GeorgiaForward is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, incorporated in 2010, and is not affiliated with any political, partisan, local or regional interests. © GeorgiaForward, Inc. All rights reserved.22 2011 GeorgiaForward Forum
  23. 23. APPENDIX23 2011 GeorgiaForward Forum
  24. 24. 2011 GeorgiaForward Forum AgendaAugust 17, 2011 at The Lodge at Callaway Gardens7:30-8:30am: Registration/Continental Breakfast8:30-8:50am: Welcome from GeorgiaForward8:50-9:40am: Michele Mariani Vaughn, Project Manager, Pew Center on the States: State of the States: Challengesand Opportunities for Georgia and Beyond9:45-10:35am: Mathew Hauer, Public Service Assistant, UGA Vinson Institute Applied Demography Program:Georgia is the New California: Our Population and Implications10:35-10:45am: Break10:45-11:15am: Stephen Fleming, Vice Provost, Georgia Tech Enterprise Innovation Institute: Georgia: State ofInnovation11:15am-12:00pm: Panel of Regions • Moderator: Rickey Bevington, Georgia Public Broadcasting • Coast: Tom Ratcliffe, Hinesville, Vice-Chair, Coastal Georgia Regional Water Planning Council • Metro Atlanta: Terry Lawler, Executive Director, Regional Business Coalition of Metro Atlanta • Southwest GA: Dan Bollinger, Executive Director, Southwest GA Regional Council • West Middle GA: Teresa Tomlinson, Mayor of Columbus • North GA: William (Bill) Steiner, CEO of the Northwest Georgia Regional Commission • East GA: Deke Copenhaver, Mayor of Augusta12:00-1:30pm – LUNCH with Keynote Address:Ross Mason, Founder, Healthcare Institute for Neuro-Recovery and Innovation (HINRI) Ventures, HINRI Labs andthe HINRI Foundation: Making Georgia A Global Leader in Healthcare1:30-3:00pm – Overview Workshops - Transportation: o What Do the Project Lists Mean for Georgia’s Transportation Future?  Moderator: Heather Alhadeff, Perkins + Will  Matt Hicks, Associate Legislative Director for Economic Development and Transportation, ACCG  Howard Bicknell, Chair, Jackson County Board of Commissioners  Billy Trapnell, Mayor, City of Metter, President, Georgia Municipal Association  Kathryn Lawler, Atlanta Regional Commission  David Millen, District 3 District Engineer, Georgia Department of Transportation - Education: o The State of Education in Georgia: Strengths, Weaknesses and Opportunities  Moderator: Susan Walker, Deputy Director, Governors Office of Student Achievement  Teresa MacCartney, Deputy Superintendent, Race to the Top Implementation, Georgia Department of Education  Steve Dolinger, Executive Director, Georgia Partnership for Education Excellence  Ann Cramer, Director Americas, IBM Corporate Citizenship and Corporate Affairs  Bobby Cagle, Commissioner of Bright from the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning - Economic Development: o Georgia’s Competitive Advantages and Disadvantages  Moderator: Mike Cassidy, Georgia Research Alliance  Mike Gerber, President Atlanta Regional Council for Higher Education 24 2011 GeorgiaForward Forum
  25. 25.  Cliff Pyron, Chief Commercial Officer, Georgia Ports Authority  Tino Mantella, President, Technology Association of Georgia  Jannine Miller, Executive Director, Georgia Regional Transit Authority - Water: o Where Are We on Water Now?  Moderator: Andre Jackson, Atlanta Journal-Constitution  Patricia Barmeyer, Partner, Head of Environmental Law Practice, King & Spalding LLP  Allen Barnes, Director, Georgia EPD  Joe Rozza, Global Water Resource Sustainability Manager, Coca-Cola  Mike Gaymon, President, Columbus Chamber of Commerce - Public Health and Healthcare: o The State of Healthcare and Public Health in Georgia  Moderator: Andy Miller, Editor, Georgia Health News  Dr. Ricardo Aziz, President, Georgia Health Sciences Univ.  Cindy Zeldin, Executive Director, Georgians for a Healthy Future  Matt Caseman, Executive Director, Georgia Rural Health Association3:00-3:15pm – Networking Break3:15-3:30pm – What Did We Learn?3:30-5:00pm – Two “Think Big” Closing KeynotesNavneet Singh Narula, Managing Partner, nBrilliance: How Social Entrepreneurship Can Change the Game forGeorgia.Kati Haycock, President, The Education Trust: Improving Achievement and Closing Gaps Between Groups: Lessonsfrom Schools, Districts and States on the Performance Frontier5:00-6:30pm –Cocktail ReceptionAugust 18, 2011 at The Lodge at Callaway Gardens7:00-8:00am: Continental Breakfast8:00-8:15am: Welcome/Day 1 Summary8:15-9:10am: Chad Evans, Senior VP, Council on Competitiveness: The Global Playing Field: Where America Stands9:15-10:45am: Interactive Workshops - Transportation: o Approaching the 2012 Transportation Referendum Vote  Moderator: Jennifer Ball, Vice President, Planning, Central Atlanta Progress  Tim Kassa, Planning Division, Georgia DOT  Paul Bennecke, Red Clay Strategies  Doc Eldridge, president, Athens Area Chamber of Commerce  Henry Lange, Harris County Commission - Education: o Solving Georgia’s Childhood Reading Problem  Moderator: Stephanie Blank, Chair of the Board, GEEARS  Comer Yates, Head of School, Atlanta Speech School  Dr. Nicole Patton-Terry, Assistant Professor, Georgia State University  David Pennington, Mayor, City of Dalton - Governance: o The Politics of Slower Growth  Moderator: Neely Young, Publisher, Georgia Trend Magazine  Ceasar Mitchell, President, Atlanta City Council 25 2011 GeorgiaForward Forum
  26. 26.  Paul Radford, Director, Georgia Municipal Association  Clint Mueller, Legislative Director, Revenue & Finance, ACCG  John Ward, City Manager, Jefferson, GA - Water o Solving Georgia’s Long Term Water Supply Problem  Moderator: Dan Chapman, Atlanta Journal-Constitution  Katie Kirkpatrick, Vice President, Environmental Policy, Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce  Don Cope, President and CEO, Dalton Utilities  Joe Cook, Director, Coosa River Basin Initiative  Mark Masters, Director of Projects Flint River Water Planning and Policy Center - Economic Development: o Do Creative Economies Work and Can They Strengthen Georgia?  Moderator: Jamil Zainaldin, President, Georgia Humanities Council  Jessyca Holland, Executive Director, C4 Atlanta  Leslie Breland, Cultural & Tourism Product Development Manager Georgia Department of Economic Development  Wayne Jones, Executive Director, Arts Connection  Linda Bennett, Executive Director, Choose Chattanooga - Public Health and Healthcare: o Combating Obesity in GA  Moderator: Andy Miller, Editor, Georgia Health News  Greg Dent, President, Community Health Works  Christi Kay, Executive Director HealthMPowers  Dr. Kimberly Redding, Director of the Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Program at the Georgia Department of Public Health  Dr. Bettylou Sherry, Epidemiologist, Centers for Disease Control, Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity  Dr. Juanita Cone, Chief of Population Care, Kaiser Permanente of Georgia10:45-11:00am: Break11:00-12:00pm: Interactive Session: Summary of Workshops and Creating an Innovation Agenda for Georgia12:00-1:30pm: Lunch with Keynote Speaker: David Walker, CEO of Comeback America Initiative1:30-2:00pm: Adjourn 26 2011 GeorgiaForward Forum
  27. 27. List of Forum Registrants and PanelistsTerry Taylor 2020 GeorgiaAlex Scavo A. Brown Olmstead AssociatesAmanda Brown-Olmstead A. Brown-Olmstead AssociatesPamela Roshell AARP GeorgiaDeborah Bowie Albany Area Chamber of CommerceCara Polk AracaciaWayne Jones Arts ConnectionRoss King Association County Commissioners of Georgia (ACCG)Matt Hicks Association County Commissioners of Georgia (ACCG)Clint Mueller Association County Commissioners of Georgia (ACCG)Terry Smith AT&TDoc Eldridge Athens Area Chamber of CommerceRukiya Eaddy Atlanta BeltLine, Inc.Brian Leary Atlanta Betline Inc.Bill Bolling Atlanta Community Food BankCheryl Strickland Atlanta Development AuthorityDale Royal Atlanta Development AuthorityAmanda Shailendra Atlanta Development AuthorityJeff Lam Atlanta Downtown Neighborhood AssociationSteven Lindsey Atlanta Gas LightWayne Martin Atlanta Housing AuthorityTracey Scott Atlanta Housing AuthorityAndre Jackson Atlanta Journal-ConstitutionDan Chapman Atlanta Journal-ConstitutionDan Reuter Atlanta Regional ComissionKellie Brownlow Atlanta Regional CommissionJulie Ralston Atlanta Regional CommissionKathryn Lawler Atlanta Regional CommissionMichael Gerber Atlanta Regional Council for Higher EducationMike Gerber Atlanta Regional Council for Higher EducationNydia Tisdale Atlanta Road, LLCComer Yates Atlanta Speech SchoolOra Parish Bank of AmericaCynthia Perry Young Bank of AmericaCheryl Lomax Bank of AmericaEric Melson Bank of AmericaGeri Thomas Bank of AmericaSteven Price Bank of AmericaKenneth Bleakly Bleakly Adivsory GroupBobby Cagle Bright From the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care & LearningJoe Winter C4 AtlantaJessyca Holland C4 AtlantaBeverly Johnson Carl Vinson Institute - University of GeorgiaDennis Epps Carl Vinson Institute of Government - UGA 27 2011 GeorgiaForward Forum
  28. 28. Catrina Maxwell CatMax PhotographyDr. Bettylou Sherry Centers for Disease ControlJennifer Ball Central Atlanta ProgressWilma Sothern Central Atlanta ProgressLynn Williamson Central Atlanta ProgressPamela Henman Central Atlanta ProgressDan Williams Central Atlanta ProgressCharles Strawser Central Atlanta ProgressBillie Izard Certified Literate Community ProgramKurt Hetager Chatham County Public SchoolsLinda Bennett Choose ChattanoogaDavid Bennett City of AtlantaKaryn Nixon City of AugustaJohn Ward III City of JeffersonJohn Ward City of JeffersonA Ferguson IV City of West PointClair Muller Civc League for Regional AtlantaCatherine Muller Civic League for Regional AtlantaTom Ratcliffe Coastal Georgia Regional Water Planning CouncilCathy Ramos Coca-ColaJoe Rozza Coca-ColaDiane Waugh Coca-Cola RefreshmentsMike Gaymon Columbus Chamber of CommerceRick Jones Columbus Consolidated GovernmentWill Johnson Columbus Consolidated GovernmentJohn Helton Columbus State UniversityBob Diveley Columbus State UniversityAbraham George Columbus State UniversityBob Jones Columbus Technical CollegeJamie Loyd Columbus Technical CollegeDavid Walker Comeback America InitiativeKathryn Dennis Community Foundation of Central GeorgiaGregory Dent Community Health WorksKathleen Ashley Community Health WorksGreg Dent Community Health WorksJoe Cook Coosa River Basin InitiativeBruce Drennan Cordele Crisp IDCChad Evans Council on CompetitivenessCraig Jones Cousins Properties, Inc.ED Helton CSU Cunningham Center for Leadership DevelopmentBen Reeves Cushman & WakefieldDon Cope Dalton UtilitiesJoe Montgomery Darlington SchoolBob Simmons Development Authority of Fulton CountyDaniel Sherman DLA Piper LLPBetty Willis Emory University 28 2011 GeorgiaForward Forum
  29. 29. Emily Boness Fanning Institute, UGAJohn Hardman First Light VenturesMark Masters Flint River Water Planning and Policy CenterPhillippa Moss Gainesville-Hall County Community Service CenterDaniel Groce Georgia Agribusiness CouncilAlan Essig Georgia Budget and Policy InstituteAngie Patterson Georgia Cancer Coalition, Inc.Andrew Lewis Georgia Charter Schools AssociationPatricia Nobbie Georgia Council on Developmental DisabilitiesEric Jacobson Georgia Council on Developmental DisabilitiesDavid Martin Georgia Council on Economic EducationSaralyn Stafford Georgia Department of Community AffairsLeslie Breland Georgia Department of Economic DevelopmentTeresa MacCartney Georgia Department of EducationFred Aiken Georgia Department of LaborDr. Kimberly Redding Georgia Department of Public HealthDavid Millen Georgia Department of TransportationTim Kassa Georgia Department of TransportationMindy Binderman Georgia Early Education Alliance for Ready StudentsStephanie Blank Georgia Early Education Alliance for Ready StudentsBill Verner Georgia EMCAllen Barnes Georgia EPDDanah Craft Georgia Food Bank AssociationSteve McWilliams Georgia Forestry AssociationAndy Miller Georgia Health NewsDr. Ricardo Azziz Georgia Health Sciences UniversityLaura T. McCarty Georgia Humanities CouncilBrett Davis Georgia Humanities CouncilJamila Owens Georgia Humanities CouncilJamil Zainaldin Georgia Humanities CouncilLaura McCarty Georgia Humanities CouncilJim Langford Georgia Meth ProjectBrian Wallace Georgia Municipal AssociationBilly Trapnell Georgia Municipal AssociationPaul Radford Georgia Municipal AssociationSteve Dolinger Georgia Partnership for Education ExcellenceDiane Hopkins Georgia Partnership for Excellence in EducationCliff Pyron Georgia Ports AuthorityRickey Bevington Georgia Public BroadcastingJannine Miller Georgia Regional Transportation AuthorityMichael Cassidy Georgia Research AllianceMatt Caseman Georgia Rural Health AssociationDr. Nicole Patton-Terry Georgia State UniversityJames Weyhenmeyer Georgia State UniversityHarry West Georgia TechStephen Fleming Georgia Tech - Enterprise Innovation Institute 29 2011 GeorgiaForward Forum
  30. 30. Neely Young Georgia Trend MagazineAmir Farokhi GeorgiaForwardMichael Love GeorgiaForwardAJ Robinson GeorgiaForward & Central Atlanta ProgressCindy Zeldin Georgians for a Healthy FutureCurley Dossman, Jr. Georgia-Pacific FoundationKathy Carlisle Goodwill Industries of the Southern Rivers, Inc.Susan Walker Governors Office of Student AchievementLisa Borders Grady Health FoundationHenry Lange Harris County CommissionRoss Mason Healthcare Institute for Neuro-Recovery and Innovation VenturesChristi Kay HealthMPowersDean Baker Historic Preservation Division of Dept of Natural ResourcesDavid Edwards IBMTjuan Dogan IBMAnn Cramer IBM Corporate Citizenship and Corporate AffairsHoward Franklin Influence FactoryHunter Bicknell Jackson County Board of CommissionersHoward Bicknell Jackson County Board of CommissionersBrian Brodrick Jackson SpaldingNoah Levine Jewish Federation of Greater AtlantaBeverly Blake John S. and James L. Knight FoundationJason Anavitarte Kaiser Permanente of GeorgiaDr. Juanita Cone Kaiser Permanente of GeorgiaMason Stephenson King & Spalding LLPJonathan Letzring King & Spalding LLPPatricia Barmeyer King & Spalding LLPMegan Sparks Leadership AtlantaHoward Morrison Lebanon PlantationDeke Copenhaver Mayor of AugustaTeresa Tomlinson Mayor of ColumbusDavid Pennington Mayor of DaltonJackie Wilson Mayor of DouglasSharon Gay McKenna Long & Aldridge LLPJeff Wansley Metro Atlanta ChamberRenay Blumenthal Metro Atlanta Chamber of CommerceChuck Meadows Metro Atlanta Chamber of CommerceKatie Kirkpatrick Metro Atlanta Chamber of CommerceDr. N.R. Farokhi Morris Brown CollegeNavneet Singh Narula nBrillianceKris Hattaway NewTown MaconMike Ford NewTown MaconWilliam (Bill) Steiner Northwest Georgia Regional CommissionTracy Oosterman One More SponsorYvonne Williams Perimeter CIDsHeather Alhadeff Perkins + Will 30 2011 GeorgiaForward Forum
  31. 31. Michele Mariani Vaughn Pew Center on the StatesCeasar Mitchell President, Atlanta City CouncilMary Zurn Primrose School Franchising CoJo Kirchner Primrose School Franchising CoMargaret Ciccarelli Professional Association of Georgia EducatorsDavid Weitnauer R. Howard Dobbs, Jr. FoundationPaul Bennecke Red Clay StrategiesTerry Lawler Regional Business Coalition of Metro AtlantaKatie Howard River Valley Regional CommissionErik Johnson Robert W. Woodruff FoundationJanet Cummings Rollins School of Public HealthHilliard ("Hill") Hardman RouteMatch SoftwareJoseph Porter, Jr. S. L. King Technologies, Inc.Ellen Shellabarger S. L. King Technologies, Inc.Stephen Nygren Serenbe Development Corp.John Reyhan Skanska USA Building IncGray Kelly SouthfaceJohn Sibley Southface Energy InstituteDan Bollinger Southwest GA Regional CouncilCharles Stripling Stripling, Inc.Suzanne Burnes Sustainable AtlantaTyrone Williams Sustainable Neighborhood Development Strategies Inc.Ryan Taylor taylor28design LLCTino Mantella Technology Association of GeorgiaMelanie Goux Television by Design, Inc.Jay Antzakas Television by Design, Inc.Laura Lester The Atlanta Community Food Bank / 2020 GeorgiaLesley Grady The Community Foundation for Greater AtlantaPhil Smith The Concord CoalitionKati Haycock The Education TrustMaria Saporta The Saporta ReportBeth Schapiro The Schapiro GroupKymberlee Estis The Task Force for Global HealthSuzanna Stribling The Wilbur and Hilda Glenn Family FoundationDebbie Burdette Troup County CLCPAlec Fraser Turner PropertiesDr. Tony Mallon UGA School of Social WorkMelanie Carlson UGA School of Social WorkMathew Hauer UGA Vinson InstituteAnn Mintz United Way Metropolitan AtlantaJuliet Cohen Upper Chattahoochee RiverkeeperMark Riley Urban Realty PartnersBobbie MunroeMien DangVanitha SivarajanDoug Cox 31 2011 GeorgiaForward Forum
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