One of the primary goals of the economic development practice is to help facilitate investment into the state. We aide in navigating a regional economic ecosystem that can be fragmented and disjointed. There are numerous private and public entities (most already within our current network) that exist to enhance economic development in the state, but are under-utilized or difficult to access by those who could most benefit. We apply our expertise to provide strategic direction and connect the dots for Georgia communities and the companies that employ their residents.
One of our specific areas of expertise revolves around attracting foreign direct investment to the state. For example, we founded and coordinate the Georgia-Japan Legislative Caucus, which has become a vehicle for legislative engagement in supporting and enhancing the large Japanese economic presence in the state. This is a model that we will be replicating with other counties and regions.
The economic development practice also emphasizes bringing practical, real-world executable strategies, to help municipalities and counties achieve economic growth. This is done by utilizing the deep and varied experience of our practitioners to create effective strategies, and put to use our close integration with the Decisions government strategies practice. Ultimately, this allows us to utilize the relationships we have throughout federal, state and local governments, to enhance our services, and to ensure that relevant policy analysis is always effectively applied.