The commission was formed last year in an effort to promote the city as the Technology City of the South.
Alpharetta Mayor David Belle Isle spoke about the positive aspects of the city, saying it has the lowest unemployment rate in the state, is the sixth fastest growing city in the country and has twice as many technology companies as the city of Atlanta.
Even with its accomplishments, Belle Isle said the full potential of the city has yet to be unlocked.
“I know what Alpharetta could be and what it should be,” he said.
Cagle commended the mayor for being committed to creating a brand around the city.
Speaking about the state of Georgia, Cagle said “we’re poised to be ahead of the curve” in the technology field.
Stephen E. Cross, Executive Vice President for Research at Georgia Tech, was also a featured speaker for the event. Part of his presentation highlighted a variety of technology companies in Alpharetta that were birthed out of the Advanced Technology Development Center at Georgia Tech.
At the event, it was announced that Hewlett Packard, Lexis Nexis and the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce have become partners in the commission. They will join current members Amdocs, Infor, McKesson, Microsoft, Siemens, ThyssenKrupp, Verint, Verizon, Edge Solutions, Jackson Healthcare, Lancope, Pyramid Consulting, Priority Payment Systems, Georgia Tech’s Advanced Technology Development Center, Gwinnett Technical College, Georgia Power, the Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce and the Technology Association of Georgia.
The commission is the first organization of its kind in Georgia. Its members are charged with identifying and pursuing key investment and policy decisions that will advance and nurture Alpharetta’s already-growing technology community.
Earlier that day, Gov. Nathan Deal was in Alpharetta to welcome Ernst & Young’s new $8.5 million global information technology center in Sanctuary Park to the city. The development was announced in February and brings more than 400 new jobs to Georgia.
Deal said, “Anytime we bring high-paying work to Georgians, that is indeed a good day.”
EY’s Global Chief Information Officer, Mo Osborne, said, “The Alpharetta area offers us access to some of the best and brightest IT talent.”