Early in his role as mayor of Alpharetta, David Belle Isle announced that he wanted to form the commission and also stated that he wants the city to emerge as the “Technology City of the South.”
Deal, the keynote speaker at the meeting, said the formation of the commission is a “significant step” toward Alpharetta achieving that designation.
“It is a worthy goal,” he said. “You are very much along the lines already with the progress you have made, and I commend you for that.”
The Alpharetta Technology Commission, a group that will identify and pursue investment opportunities and policy decisions for the city’s technology companies and its burgeoning technology industry, consists of senior executives from 10 major tech companies in Alpharetta, along with representative from several smaller, emerging companies.
The major companies, called legacy members, are Amdocs, Hewlett Packard, Infor, McKesson, Microsoft, Red Prairie, Siemens, ThyssenKrupp, Verint and Verizon. The emerging companies are Edge Solutions, Jackson Healthcare, Lancope, Pyramid Consulting and Priority Payment Systems.
The four strategic partner organizations on the commission are Georgia Tech’s Advanced Technology Development Center, Georgia Power Company, the Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce and the Technology Association of Georgia.
It is the first organization of its kind in Georgia.
According to Mayor Belle Isle, the commission will focus on branding, incubation and infrastructure.
The commission will develop and maintain a 15-year strategic infrastructure and incentive plan for the attraction and retention of technology companies in Alpharetta.
It will also work to set up funding opportunities for Alpharetta’s technology start-up companies.
Belle Isle said Alpharetta has a great opportunity to become the destination city for these start-ups and to “help pioneers as they begin their careers.”
As a city with more than 900 technology companies in its borders, Belle Isle said he wants to make sure technology leaders are being engaged so the city can retain these businesses and bring in more like them.