Gov. Deal’s Competitiveness Initiative Should Build on Past Efforts

Once again, the Atlanta region and the State of Georgia are seeking ways to improve the state’s competitive edge. For more than a decade, economic development leaders have been trying to figure out what industries Georgia should target to strengthen the state’s economy. The latest version of this endeavor is Gov. Nathan Deal’s Competitiveness Initiative. . .On Monday, July 18, Deal’s Georgia Competitiveness Initiative Summit was to focus on the metro Atlanta economy. In addition to Cummiskey and Clark, Tad Leithead, chairman of the Atlanta Regional Commission, was listed as “special guests.” The featured speakers: Bud Peterson, president of Georgia Tech; Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed; Donna Hyland, CEO of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta; Larry Callahan, CEO of Patillo Construction Co and chairman of the Regional Business Coalition; Bob Drewel, executive director of the Puget Sound Regional Council and founder of the Prosperity Partnership.