Lt. Governor Duncan, Mayor Dickens & Business Leaders Partner to Increase Tech Investment in Georgia

Staff Report

Friday, June 10th, 2022

Lt. Governor Geoff Duncan and Atlanta Mayor Andre Dickens, along with key Georgia business leaders, traveled to California this week to promote Atlanta’s strong partnership with state leaders and attract potential investors to the Peach State. The trip coincided with the 2022 RSA Conference in San Francisco, the premier event for cybersecurity industry leaders.

Aimed at promoting the strong business-friendly atmosphere of Georgia and its capital city, discussions were focused on Georgia’s diverse and thriving technology industry. Business stakeholders, including the leading corporate technology group, Morris Manning & Martin, LLP (MMM); Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce; and Invest Atlanta also highlighted Metro Atlanta’s innovation and industry growth.

“When I took office, I had a mission to make Georgia the Tech Capital of the East Coast,” said Lt. Governor Duncan. “In almost four years, not only have we positioned Georgia as a regional leader in technological innovation, but we’ve set our state up to emerge as a global leader in this continuously evolving industry. I want to thank the countless business stakeholders who work day in and day out to expand Georgia’s economic reach and maintain our recognition as the top state in the nation for business.”

“Atlanta is home to major research universities and HBCUs, high-quality talent and economic opportunity,” said Mayor Dickens.“In short, Atlanta has everything companies need to start, scale and succeed. I appreciate the partnership of Lt. Governor Duncan and our business community to make our case for greater investment in Atlanta that brings equity and opportunity to all parts of our city.”

“A key goal for MMM and the Atlanta/Georgia tech community is to promote our vibrant tech ecosystem to the world’s leading investors. MMM is proud to have worked with the major Silicon Valley tech funds and to have introduced them to our key business and government leaders. We look forward to continuing to match our region’s fastest growing tech companies with these leading funds,” said John C. Yates, partner at law firm Morris, Manning & Martin.

“Metro Atlanta is home to a strong entrepreneurial community, powerful corporate innovation hubs, and leading higher education institutions,” said Katie Kirkpatrick, president and CEO of the Metro Atlanta Chamber. “Our inclusive ecosystem embraces diverse talent across a broad range of industries, which is why everyone from founders with new ideas to large global companies are coming to Georgia.”

“Access to top talent in this region, leading colleges and universities, and global connectivity through Hartsfield-Jackson airport have caused a momentum surge in tech relocations, expansions, and venture capital investments in Atlanta,” said Dr. Eloisa Klementich, president and CEO of Invest Atlanta. “Through partnerships with local and State leaders, the city has become fertile soil for tech sector growth with more than a dozen companies started or based in Atlanta growing to valuations above $1 billion in the last decade.”