ECONOMICALLY (DEVELOPMENT) SPEAKING
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|JM Mullis' Mike Mullis was a panelist at CoreNet Global's economic development panel Tuesday (and a man who appreciates bottled water). He told the audience—mostly municipal economic developers—that one of Atlanta's problems is that incentives ?are not nearly as bountiful as other cities,? such as Seattle and Dallas-Fort Worth. Of course, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is a huge selling point for Atlanta, he says.|
|Kate McEnroe Consulting's namesake (and also wife of CresaPartners' Ed Riggins) says traffic is a major obstacle for Atlanta when it comes to luring companies: ?[Prospects] will not hear good things about their everyday life as it relates to traffic. And for some companies, depending on their culture, they won't like to hear we're last in terms of arts funding.?|
|McCallum Sweeny Consulting's Ed McCallum says ?there's anuntapped creative class here that is phenomenal.? Ed's own son attends the Savannah College of Art and Design and the concentration of those in the arts and related fields in Atlanta is something that regional economic developers need to push more when speaking with prospects: ?I don't think Atlanta sells that enough.?|