October 14, 2014
Cincy leaders travel to Atlanta
Each year, the Chamber takes approximately 60 of Cincinnati’s top business and community leaders to another city for its Leadership Exchange, a trip intended to provide a unique glimpse into the inner workings of another community, build connections between participants, and spark ideas for real outcomes back here at home.
Mayor John Cranley welcomes the group at the opening
reception on the Metro Atlanta's Chamber rooftop.
The 2014 participants spent three sunny days in the "Capital of the South" - Atlanta, Georgia. Some of the highlights included:
- Keynote by one of Atlanta’s most successful entrepreneurs and the founder of the Atlanta Tech Village, David Cummings, who shared his views on the Atlanta tech scene and story of how he took Pardot from a bootstrapped startup to a leading B2B marketing automation provider.
- Tours of Atlanta’s Carter Center and Presidential Library, Center for Civil & Human Rights, College Football Hall of Fame and the World of Coca-Cola.
- A discussion with research powerhouses Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), Georgia State University and Emory University and Georgia Research Alliance about how venture funds fuel
a robust entrepreneurial community.
Chamber board chair Mel Gravely with Ambassador Andrew Young,
one of the area's most respected leaders who spoke to the group
about the evolution of Atlanta into a global city and the ongoing
challenges to make the city fully inclusive.
- The story of Atlanta's East Lake neighborhood. By focusing on fundamentals like education and wellness, the thriving mixed-income neighborhood–once beset by crime and lack of opportunity–has become a model for building community, property values, and self-sufficiency.
Participants enjoyed a reception overlooking legendary golfer Bobby Jones’s home course. With the motto 'Golf
with a Purpose,' the proceeds from operations at this historic club—more than $20 million to date—support
the East Lake Foundation.
- A panel discussion on Atlanta's economic competitiveness strategy, a model of collaboration that integrates the economic development work of the Atlanta Chamber, Invest Atlanta (the city’s ED department), suburban communities, and others.
- A docent-led tour of the Atlanta BeltLine, the most comprehensive transportation and economic development effort ever undertaken in the City of Atlanta and among the largest, most wide-ranging urban redevelopment programs currently underway in the United States.
- A discussion with transit leaders about how Metro Atlanta is approaching the challenge of building and maintaining transportation and transit infrastructure to support its growth and ambition.
Southern food and unique park views added to the flavor for an overall inspiring and informative trip.
The Chamber will convene this group following the trip to discuss takeaways and actionable items for our community. Further, the Chamber is planning to bring the East Lake Transformation story back to Cincinnati to be one of the features at a new event series in 2015, sponsored by Merrill Lynch. Stay tuned for event details.