19th Annual South Metro Development Outlook Conference Returns Virtually
February 22, 2021 at 06:02 AM EST
“Moving Beyond” theme to focus on new economic development, transportation, housing and small business growth in SE region.
(PRUnderground) February 22nd, 2021
The South Metro Development Outlook (SMDO21) Conference will host its 19th annual event with the theme “Moving Beyond” to celebrate recent industry successes, identify opportunities, and examine the current economic landscape of the South Metro region. SMDO21 will feature thought leaders and public officials who will discuss the state of economic development, transportation, housing, small businesses, and more. The conference agenda will highlight Clayton, Coweta, Douglas, Fayette, Henry, and South Fulton Counties, as well as the City of Atlanta. The largest conference of its kind, SMDO21’s virtual platform will offer attendees an interactive experience that leverages technology to maintain its educational and engaging format.
SMDO21 is hosted by The Collaborative Firm (TCF), the state’s largest independent public affairs firm. TCF is committed to building a sustainable future through smart economic growth and community planning, while also paving the way for the region’s next generation of leaders.
WHAT: The 19th Annual South Metro Development Outlook (SMDO) Conference
WHEN: Thursday, March 18, 2021, 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
WHERE: To register, click HERE.
WHO: Confirmed speakers include:
● Andre Dickens, City of Atlanta, Post 3 At-Large Councilmember, Chairman, Transportation Committee
● Carlotta Harrell, Chair of the Henry County Board of Commissioners
● Chris Tomlinson, Executive Director, Atlanta-Region Transit Link Authority
● Congressman David Scott, U.S. House of Representatives, GA-13
● Doug Hooker, Executive Director, Atlanta Regional Commission, Executive Director and Board Secretary, SRTA
● Jeff Parker, General Manager/CEO, MARTA
● Jeff Turner, Chair, Clayton County Board of Commissioners
● John Cornelius, Regional Director, Georgia Power Company
● John Selden, Airport General Manager, Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport
● Josh Fenn, Executive Director, Henry County Development Authority
● Larry Hanson, Executive Director, Georgia Management Association
● Lisa Cupid, Chair, Cobb County Board of Commissioners
● Mayor Bianca Motley Broom, Mayor, College Park, Georgia
● Mayor Vince Williams, Mayor, Union City, Georgia
● Michel “Marty” Turpeau, Chair, Development Authority of Fulton County
● Michelle Willis, Founder, Gagnant Media
MORE: Since 2003, SMDO has convened some of the Southern Region’s most reputable business and civic leaders, researchers and policy experts to provide economic development forecasts on a variety of topics. The event delves into trends, strengths, and challenges across south metro Atlanta communities, while also offering networking opportunities to more than 600 attendees representing a mix of industries and professions.
This year’s event is presented by the Development Authority of Fulton County. Sponsors include Georgia Power and Elevate Douglas. Registration is $40.
“COVID-19 has undoubtedly changed Georgia’s south metro region and with that change comes a clearer focus on how to build resilient, smart and thriving communities. SMDO will provide an opportunity to hear bold plans from the leaders who will help the region move forward,” said Michael Hightower, founder of SMDO and Managing Partner of The Collaborative Firm. “Although the pandemic prevents us from hosting the event in-person, SMDO remains committed to promoting the economic development in S. Metro Atlanta communities, encouraging public-private collaboration and increasing the overall visibility of strategic projects that contribute to our region’s growth.”
For more virtual conference details, visit smdoconference.com.
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