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Midtown Alliance Event to Examine the Future of City-Building

Tickets now on sale for February 25, 2020 event

Published: 01/09/20

More than 1,300 business, civic, and community leaders will gather at the historic Fox Theatre Atlanta for Midtown Alliance’s Annual Meeting on Tuesday morning, February 25, 2020.

More than 1,300 business, civic, and community leaders will gather at the historic Fox Theatre Atlanta for Midtown Alliance’s Annual Meeting on Tuesday morning, February 25, 2020.

With nearly 1,400 residential units and 3.5 million SF of office and retail space under construction, Midtown Atlanta continues to experience significant investment and development activity. More than 2,300 new jobs have been announced for one square mile of Midtown in the past 12 months, on top of more than 20K new jobs announced in Midtown since 2015. In addition, more than 30 transportation and public improvement projects are being advanced by Midtown Alliance, in partnership with the City of Atlanta, Georgia DOT and other entities.

“The Midtown Alliance Annual Meeting brings our growing community together to celebrate the progress we see all around us, and to preview the new initiatives and partnerships that will make Midtown even better as it grows,” said Midtown Alliance CEO and president Kevin Green. “The message this year promises to stretch our thinking about the future of the district.”

Now in its 42nd year, the event brings together businesses, residents, policymakers, civic partners and others – to strengthen relationships and learn about the issues that will define Midtown Atlanta in the next decade. The keynote address will feature insights from Bruce Katz, an international expert and author on how cities will thrive in the 21st century.   

Through his research on global innovation districts, Katz came to know Midtown Atlanta in the context of its thriving innovation ecosystem that continues to draw international interest. He recently co-authored “The New Localism: How Cities Can Thrive in the Age of Populism,” which focuses on the rise of cities and city networks as the world’s leading problem solvers, addressing the tough issues of our time, including infrastructure, social inclusion, public life and economic competitiveness.

"There are only a handful cities in the world that are bringing in as much concentrated energy and growth as Atlanta," said Katz. "The advantage in Midtown is the strong corporate and academic presence, married with a mixed-use platform and investment in quality experiences at street-level. But there are still more moves to make on the innovation front, and more doors to open that can raise Atlanta's global profile as an inclusive, thriving place where civic leaders come together to create new solutions to challenges."

Katz’ message demonstrates that power is shifting downward from federal and state officials to cities and local actors such as business improvement districts, universities and civic organizations.  Katz, who recently founded the Nowak Metro Finance Lab at Drexel University, previously served as chief of staff to U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Henry Cisneros.

The 2020 Midtown Alliance Annual Meeting has garnered early support from local organizations invested in Midtown’s success. Gold-level sponsors include 1105 West Peachtree/40th West Peachtree, Affairs to Remember Caterers, Alston & Bird, CenterState Bank, Cousins Properties, Creative Approach, Emory Universtiy Hospital - Midtown, The Fox Theatre, Franklin Street Properties, Georgia Power, Georgia Tech, Greystar, Interface, Jacobs, Jones Day, Kimley-Horn, King & Spalding, Norfolk Southern, North American Properties, Northside Hospital, Perkins and Will, Rule Joy Trammell, Rubio Architecture + Interior Design, Selig Development and Seyfarth Shaw. Silver sponsors include: Astra Group, CBRE, Colliers, Cushman & Wakefield, Invesco, JLL, Lord Aeck Sargent, PNC, Publix, Regions Bank, Savannah College of Art and Design, Smith & Howard and tvsdesign. Bronze sponsors include: Anthem Inc., Bleakly Advisory Group, Brasfield & Gorrie, Charles Schwab & Co., Chattahoochee Group, Equifax, Fisher & Phillips, Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta, Gensler, Goode Van Slyke Architecture, Hampton Inn & Suites Atlanta Midtown, The Hanover Co., IDI Logistics, NCR, NELSON, Novare Group, Piedmont House, Portman Holdings, Silverman CPM, Toll Brothers Apartment Living, Troutman Sanders, TSW, Whole Foods, The Winter Group of Companies and Truist.

“We are very grateful for the commitment of these community partners to help us deliver what has become the district’s most anticipated annual event,” added Green.

Tickets to the 2020 Midtown Alliance Annual Meeting are available for purchase online here. Cost per attendee is $75 for guests employed by Midtown Alliance member organizations and $100 for guests of non-member organizations.

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