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Alpharetta forms technology commission
by Rachel Kellogg
rkellogg@neighbornewspapers.com
July 11, 2012 05:48 PM | 1327 views | 0 0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend | print
One of the first things David Belle Isle proposed when he took over as mayor for the city of Alpharetta was to form a commission to stay ahead of the curb in the technology arena.

At Monday’s City Council meeting, Belle Isle announced that the technology commission has been formed and includes some of the city’s 900 high-tech companies.

“We’ve got a lot for other cities and other areas all throughout the Southeast and country to be jealous of. We need to celebrate that and leverage it to strengthen our economic position,” Belle Isle said.

According to the mayor, the role of the commission will be to help lead and advise the city on the promotion of its branding as “the Technology City of the South,” help implement and attract workforce education opportunities for Alpharetta’s technology companies, help create an environment to facilitate and support technology company start-ups in Alpharetta, identify and explore key technology infrastructure solutions within Alpharetta, identify opportunities for research and development collaborations and advise on the city’s economic development policies to retain and attract technology companies.

The commission will include tech companies in groups of “legacy” companies and “emerging” companies.

The legacy companies are McKesson, Hewlett-Packard, RedPrairie, Verizon, Verint, Amdocs, Microsoft, Siemens, Infor and ThyssenKrupp.

The emerging companies are Jackson Healthcare, Lancope, Edge Solutions, Pyramid Consulting and Priority Payment Systems.

The commission will also include strategic partners — the Technology Association of Georgia, Georgia Power, Georgia Tech’s Advanced Technology Development Center and the Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce. Belle Isle said a position will be open for Gwinnett Tech to become a partner if it locates its north Fulton campus in Alpharetta.

The city will be kicking off its new branding campaign next month.
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