Fairburn Promotes Growth and Investment with Inaugural Business and Economic Investment Forum

Fairburn Promotes Growth and Investment with Inaugural Business and Economic Investment Forum

By Michael Davis

Photos by Davante Parks

The inaugural Fairburn Business and Economic Investment forum to promote growth and investment through innovative strategies held on December 5, 2018 at the Fairburn Educational Campus was sold out. “The Fairburn Business and Economic Investment forum was truly a success due to the support and encouragement of our local officials, small businesses, corporate executives and educators. The forum provided an opportunity for businesses to network and establish working relationships with other businesses within the community” says Fairburn Mayor Elizabeth Carr-Hurst.

L to R: Geo. H. Green Oil John Davis, Geo. H. Green Oil John Cook, Geo. H. Green Oil Ed Wyatt, Fairburn 
Economic Development Director Ernest Gilchrist, Connect South Fulton Michael Davis, Development Authority 
of Warner Robbins & DDA & Redevelopment Authority Charles Whatley, Warner Robbins City Manager Gary Lee, 
Chairman South Cobb Redevelopment Authority Doug Stoner

The Business and Economic Investment forum had four general sessions with speakers and moderated panels, and a key note session on a broad array of topics. The forum agenda and participants was the following:

General Session I: Speakers

“Making Your Community Camera Ready” – Speaker Craig Dominey, Georgia Film Office Senior Film Location Specialist Camera Ready Manager Georgia Film Office and “The Best Days Are Ahead of Your Downtown” – Speaker Dr. Lewis Burke, Jr. Economic Development Advisor Development Authority of Warner Robbins DDA and Redevelopment Authority

General Session II: “Bridging Technology & Workforce Development in the 21st Century” – Moderator Dr. Lewis Burke, Jr., Executive Director Economic Development Atlanta Technical College

* Panelists: Scott W. Luton, Managing Partner TalentStream; General (Ret) Scott F. “Rock” Donahue, Executive Director Georgia Military College Fairburn/Fayetteville GA Campus; Yalanda Bell, Executive Director Career & Technical Education Fulton County Schools

General Session III: Accessing Capital and Tools for Small and Medium Sized Enterprises – Moderator Marc Parham, Director of Entrepreneurship Urban League of Greater Atlanta & CAPBuilder Network Radio Talk Show Host

* Panelists: Lonnie Saboor, Director Small Business Development Invest Atlanta; Paul Wilson, Jr., Consultant UGA Small Business Development Center

Talent Stream Managing Partner Scott Luton

General Session IV: Revitalizing Suburban Downtown & Strategic Corridors – Moderated Gary Lee, City of Warner Robbins City Manager

* Panelists: Charles Whatley Economic, Development Advisor Development Authority of Warner Robbins, DDA & Redevelopment Authority; Michael Syphoe, Principal Michael Syphoe Consultants; Luke Howe, Director of Economic Development City of Doraville; Doug Stoner Chairman South Cobb Redevelopment Authority

Key Note Session “Small Business Success: It’s More Than About You” Speaker Terri L. Dennison, Georgia District Director Small Business Administration

Scott Luton, Managing Partner at TalentStream and panelist for the “Bridging Technology & Workforce Development in the 21st Century” shared, “It was a pleasure to speak at the Fairburn Business & Economic Investment Forum 2018. A big thanks to Ernest Gilchrist (Fairburn Economic Development Director) for the invite. I really enjoyed meeting numerous members of the local Fairburn leadership team – including Mayor Elizabeth Carr-Hurst.”

L to R: Aerotropolis Atlanta Alliance Shannon James, Sr., Fairburn Mayor Pro Tem James Whitmore

Fairburn Mayor Pro Tem James Whitmore said, “The Inaugural Fairburn Business & Economic Investment Forum was a complete success with its numerous sponsorships (particularly Landmark Christian School and The Collaborative Firm (platinum sponsors) and Geo. H Green Oil and Greystone Power (gold sponsors), speakers and guests in attendance.”

Fairburn Mayor Elizabeth Carr-Hurst

With proximity to the world’s most traveled airport, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, which has an economic impact of $34.8 billion on metro Atlanta, direct access to interstate I-85, part of the Aerotropolis Atlanta Alliance, Fairburn is benefitting from the south metro Atlanta business and development resurgence. When asked about looking ahead in 2019, Mayor Elizabeth Carr-Hurst said “Visitors and residents of the City of Fairburn have a lot to look forward to in 2019. The Hwy 74 corridor will feature new dine-in restaurants, another luxury apartment community, and a Park N Ride. The downtown area will also be home to two restaurants that will be housed in our historic downtown buildings. With all the amazing projects the city is undergoing, it’s evident that Fairburn is truly “Situated to Succeed”!”

To learn more economic development in the city of Fairburn, contact Ernest Gilchrist, Economic Development Director 770.964.2244 or email economicdevelopment@fairburn.com or visit the city’s website

http://www.fairburn.com/

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