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Metro Atlanta Chamber Annual Meeting Unites More than 2,000 for Recognition of Region’s Accomplishments and Debut of ATL Brand Box

On Nov. 29, more than 2,000 metro Atlanta leaders and members of the business community convened for the 159th Metro Atlanta Chamber Annual Meeting, held at the newly renovated State Farm Arena. Chamber leadership shared 2018 accomplishments and priorities for 2019, announced Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian as the organization’s 2021 chair, and debuted the new digital toolkit, ATL Brand Box.
The ATL Brand Box is a free and open resource, which includes messaging, photos, neighborhood information and more designed to help share the region’s story. The Chamber combined comprehensive research with input from organizations across metro Atlanta’s 29-county region and Brookings Institution to develop the ATL Brand Box. The new tool aims to arm the region with a unified and compelling narrative as it ramps up to host Super Bowl LIII in 2019.   
With Bastian’s service as the 2021 chair, he will succeed GE Power President and CEO Russell Stokes, 2018 MAC chair, UPS Chairman and CEO David Abney, 2019 MAC chair-elect, and Invesco CEO Marty Flanagan, 2020 chair-elect. These leaders will support the Metro Atlanta Chamber, with Abney working on immediate priorities for 2019, including:

  • strengthening workforce to match talent supply with demand through updated research and regional collaboration,
  • working to launch tools to monitor and measure the region’s reputation, both nationally and globally, and
  • continuing to support regional initiatives, conversations and research around inclusive economic growth.

“Talent is driving growth and redefining how the world sees metro Atlanta,” said Abney. “Feeding our talent pipeline will remain a priority as we work to create strong workforce development programs and advocate for education policy that creates opportunities for all.”
Moddelmog added, “Along with these priorities, we’ll continue our efforts to attract new businesses and drive corporate expansion while advocating for business-friendly legislation that protects our reputation as the top state for doing business.”
Georgia Governor Nathan Deal and Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms both delivered remarks during the meeting highlighting the region and state’s economic development and job creation. A summary of 2018 accomplishments can be seen below:

2018 MAC Accomplishments

2018 Accomplishments

The Chamber’s chief call-outs for metro Atlanta were clear:

  • Top Tech Hub – Atlanta is the number one U.S. city for startups outside of New York and San Francisco (source: FitSmallBusiness.com) and driving growth among scaling companies in the tech space with initiatives like Backed by ATL and IoT.ATL.
  • Unmatched Culture – Metro Atlanta is home to THEA, the first ever city-based OTT video platform, and a cultural center with arts, food, film, sports and outdoor recreation for every taste and interest.
  • Welcoming Community – Atlanta is the number one moving destination in the nation (source: Penske) and a region laser-focused on affordability, education, workforce development and other policies that will create a diverse and inclusive community for all.

The Metro Atlanta Chamber will continue to work with partners and on behalf of the business community through 2019, sharing the region’s ambition to “Never Stop Rising.”
See below for a livestream discussion from Annual Meeting between Super Bowl LIII Host Committee Board of Directors and Atlanta Sports Council President Dan Corso and ChooseATL Executive Director Kate Atwood:

About the Metro Atlanta Chamber
The Metro Atlanta Chamber (MAC) serves as a catalyst for a more prosperous and vibrant region. To advance economic growth and improve metro Atlanta’s quality of place, MAC is focused on starting, growing and recruiting companies to the 29-county metro Atlanta region. The Chamber is also focused on expanding the region’s innovation economy by promoting and strengthening connections to drive Atlanta’s innovation and entrepreneurial culture. MAC is committed to being an active voice for the business community, serving as an advocate for a competitive business climate and promoting Atlanta’s story. For more information, visit www.MetroAtlantaChamber.com.


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