2013 Forum

Homegrown: Strengthening Georgia from Within

July 11-12, 2013 at the Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center
Presented by Bank of America

From people to products, music to services, what can Georgia grow well “at home”?

While Georgia is integrated into and dependent upon the national and global economy, in a competitive environment in which quality of life, human capital and local production are the distinguishing markers of successful countries and states, being strong at home can be the edge that provides economic and cultural vibrancy.


For information about the program click HERE!

The 2013 Forum will focus on how Georgia can remain a great place to live, learn, work and play through “homegrown” strategies. The Forum will feature thought-provoking keynote speakers and dedicated sessions on our entrepreneurial ecosystem, the intersection of healthcare and education, what the local food movement can teach other industries in Georgia, why we are a music and movie hotbed, how we can grow more technology companies, and the future of energy in Georgia, among others.

The Forum will also feature full discussions on (1) the future of rural Georgia through the work of the 2013 Young Gamechangers and (2) the soon-to-be released Georgia Civic Health Index, a measure of how civically engaged we are in Georgia. Speakers will include:

  • Anita Brown Graham, Director, Institute for Emerging Issues, NC State University, on North Carolina, Georgia and what smart states are doing to be vibrant and competitive
  • Parisa Khosravi, Senior Vice President for CNN Worldwide, on global examples of countries and communities “strengthening from within”
  • Kate Sofis, Executive Director, SF Made, on how manufacturing and companies producing locally-made products can strengthen local economies
  • Dr. Lattie Coor, Chair and CEO, Center for the Future of Arizona; President Emeritus, Arizona State University, on boosting civic engagement and why it is important.
  • Dr. Ronnie Chatterji, Professor, Duke University Fuqua School of Business, Former Senior Economist, White House Council of Economic Advisors on macro economic trends that Georgia should be considering as it plans its economic future
  • Monica Campana, Living Walls, on how street art can boost civic engagement and allegiance
  • Jamil Zainaldin, President, Georgia Humanities Council, on Georgia’s history as a leader in civic engagement

There is no other gathering like the Forum in Georgia. Decision-makers and idea-generators from business, government and civil society gather to explore emerging trends and form new partnerships to forge a stronger state. At the Forum, businesses have found new clients, elected officials have made new partnerships, and non-profits and foundations have found new direction. Don’t miss it!

For details about the program click HERE.


Click HERE to register!

Regular registration: $160.00

Nonprofit/Government: $120.00

One day pass: $90.00

Student: $35.00

Registration includes a reception on the evening of the 11th, as well as a light breakfast, day snacks and beverages and a full lunch on both days of the Forum. 


For out-of-town guests, the Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center is offering a discounted room rate of $149.00 plus tax for GeorgiaForward Forum attendees.  Simply call their reservations office at 404-838-2100 and tell them you are with GeorgiaForward or click HERE to reserve your room online.*

*You can also access the Georgia Forward Forum reservations link by logging on to the hotel’s website www.gatechhotel.com , clicking on the “Group Booking” button, and entering the group password – “gff713”

All photos by Anne Almasy http://annealmasy.com/

The 2013 Annual Forum is presented by:

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For sponsorship opportunities contact Amir Farokhi at amir@georgiaforward.org

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