2012 Forum Recap

The 2012 Forum was a great success!  To see the results of the forum, view the Forum Report here!

New World, New Georgia: Re-visioning Statewide Prosperity  was held on September 12-13 at the Classic Center in Athens, Georgia

Click here  to see the 2012 Forum Agenda 

Georgia resides in the midst of and is being shaped by major global economic trends. These trends, from the rise of the global middle class, to limited natural resources, to the migration of jobs and the best and brightest to cities, create a playing field on which Georgia is finding its footing.  As our state adapts to a globally connected and competitive environment, statewide prosperity remains elusive.   Yet, the the challenges of the global framework also provide new opportunities.

Click here to watch an interview with keynote speaker Ted Alden, Bernard L. Schwartz Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations.

In this context, the 2012 Forum examined how Georgia should orient itself to succeed in today’s global economy and what statewide prosperity should look like and how to achieve it.  As part of the conversation on statewide prosperity, the Forum explored:

  • The future of rural Georgia
  • How Georgia cities are leading the way
  • Healthcare as an economic engine
  • Ending childhood hunger
  • What’s next for transportation in Georgia
  • What we can learn from Georgia’s past successes.

The goal: To articulate critical steps for statewide prosperity and then gain commitments from organizations and leaders to focus and act on those steps.

Click here to watch an interview with keynote speaker Shivani Siroya, Founder and CEO of InVenture.






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The following organizations were represented at the 2012 Forum:

2020 Georgia

A. Brown Olmstead Associates

AIA Georgia

Association County Commissioners of Georgia

Athens-Clarke County Economic Development Foundation, Inc.

Atlanta Beltline

Atlanta Community Food Bank

Atlanta Downtown Neighborhood Association

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The Blackshear Times

Bleakly Advisory Group

C4 Atlanta

Carl Vinson Institute of Government

Central Savannah River Area Regional Commission

Chattooga County

Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta

City of Atlanta

City of Augusta

City of Macon

City of Madison

The Civic League for Regional Atlanta

The Collaborative Firm, LLC

College Hill Alliance

The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta

Cushman & Wakefield


Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta

Feeding America

Georgia 10×10

Georgia Board for Physician Workforce

Georgia Budget & Policy Institute

Georgia Cities Foundation

Georgia Center for Innovation for Agribusiness

Georgia Council for the Arts

Georgia Department of Community Affairs

Georgia Department of Education

Georgia Early Education Alliance for Ready Students

Georgia Family Connection Partnership

Georgia Health News

Georgia Institute of Technology

Georgia Municipal Assocation

Georgia Organics

Georgia Partnership for TeleHealth

Georgians for Passenger Rail

Georgia Soil & Water Conservation Commission

Georgia World Congress Center Authority

Georgia PTA

Greenville Chamber of Commerce


Henry County Chamber of Commerce

Historic Preservation Division


Hub Atlanta

Invest Atlanta

Involvement through News and Civics

Jackson County Board of Commissioners

Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia

King & Spalding, LLP

Laurens County

Livable Communities Coalition of Metro Atlanta

Martin Marietta

Meriwether County Commissioners

Medical Association of Georgia

Merrill Lynch

Metro Atlanta Chamber

Morris Brown College

National Center for Civil and Human Rights

Northeast Georgia Regional Commission

Parsons Brinckerhoff

Pendleton Consulting Group

Piedmont Healthcare

Robert W. Woodruff Foundation

RouteMatch Software

S. L. King Technologies

Scarlet Hawk Consulting

Savannah-Chatham County Public Schools

Second Harvest of South Georgia

Serenbe Development Corp.

South Georgia Regional Information Technology Authority

Southface Energy Institute

St. Mary’s United Methodist Church Foundation

Sustainable Atlanta

Sustainable Neighborhood Development Strategies, Inc.

Technology Association of Georgia

United Way Metropolitan Atlanta

University of Georgia

University Health Care System, Augusta

Waste Management

Weston Solutions



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