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Conference to examine south Fulton future
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February 17, 2014 02:01 PM | 1602 views | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The South Metro Development Outlook conference, themed 2014: Gaining Momentum, will be held Wednesday from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Georgia International Convention Center, 2000 Convention Center Concourse, College Park.

One of its highlights is a 2014 economic forecast by economist Roger Tutterow, dean of the school of business and economics at Mercer University.

The conference was founded by former Fulton County Commissioner Michael Hightower, now managing partner of The Collaborative Firm, which specializes in planning, program management and development.

The conference is an annual platform for industry experts, residents, community, business and political leaders to discuss relevant issues pertinent to south Fulton, Henry and other counties plus the city of Atlanta.

“I am excited about the enthusiasm associated with the 2014 South Metro Development Outlook Conference,” Hightower said in a statement. “The transformation of the region coupled with improved economic times has generated an even stronger interest from companies and individuals about the development and future growth of south metropolitan Atlanta.”

Opening session speakers include East Point Mayor Jannquell Peters, College Park’s Director of Economic Development Artie Jones and a video produced by the Atlanta Regional Commission, introduced by its Executive Director Doug Hooker.

General Session I, titled It’s All About South Metro, will feature four new economic development projects and include Fulton County Commissioner William “Bill” Edwards and Henry County Chairman Tommy Smith.

General Session II is titled Emerging Technologies in Cities and Counties and will explore technology trends in local governments.

General Session III is about community improvement districts which are self-taxing public/private partnerships serving as economic development tools.

The awards luncheon includes College Park Mayor Jack Longino and the Tutterow economic forecast.

The closing session is titled South Metro Commercial Development and Housing on the Rise, and will examine how the area can prepare for faster growth.

Admission is $65.

Information: (404) 684-7031 or www.smdoconference.com

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