“Logistics, transportation – they are in our DNA.”
We were very excited to have the Honorable Mayor Kasim Reed close out our first day of the Home Delivery, Etail, and Click & Collect Show USA with his session on how Atlanta can help retailers overcome major operations and logistics challenges. As Mayor of the City of Atlanta, Kasim Reed is in the best position to promise that when business is good for your company, it’s good for the city as well.
During his session, the Mayor laid out how when the city of Atlanta can be the best possible city and partner for businesses. He told the story of how it was a Mayor’s vision, partnered with the business leaders of that time – Coca Cola and Delta – that turned an old race track into what is now one of the busiest passenger airports in the world. Throughout Atlanta history, it has been a place where business and government work together to get things done.
With a $300 billion GDP that is larger than that of 33 states in the US, Metro Atlanta is a good market to deal with. There is a strong successful bipartisanship that exists there, especially between the Governor and the Mayor that makes it a good market to deal with, and they are able to take on tough problems like traffic congestion in the region.
A great example of the way the different sectors of government have been able to work together successfully includes the breaking of ground on the deepening of the Port of Savannah, which is right now the fastest growing seaport on the Eastern Seaboard in the US and supports 100,000 jobs. In 30 years it will compete head to head with the ports of New York and New Jersey – without the labor gap and extra regulations.
Atlanta has the 3rd largest concentration of Fortune 500 companies in the US, and it is easily accessible. It has a work force that will support business, and has more than 57 colleges and universities with an hour’s drive of downtown Atlanta. There’s a lot of talent there – including the Atlanta CDC, which is where the world turned during the Ebola crisis. To sum it up, Atlanta is home to a highly concentrated number of educated and specialized people.
The City of Atlanta is #8 in venture capital investment – primarily because of all the knowledge coming out of Georgia Tech and a community of people that can become part of your organization. As the Mayor says, “Businesses are voting with their feet”.
One of the most important keys to all this is a local and state government that is well run and does the basics well. It’s all about getting the government out of the way – you only want it around when you need it.
Mayor Kasim Reed is dedicated to building Atlanta’s economy and making it THE city for the future of business in the United States. It has the opportunities for your business, and the fundamentals for it as well.
The Home Delivery, Etail, and Click & Collect Show USA expo is taking place April 8-9 on the 3rd and 4th Floor of the AmericasMart Convention Center Building 2.