Georgia Business Radio Episode 028

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Kate Atwood, Vice President of ChooseATL
ChooseATL – Community Nonprofit Organization Management

Kate is an entrepreneur and a community leader who has built a career on heading-up social impact initiatives in both the non-profit and for-profit sectors.

In 2002 she founded Kates Club, a nationally-acclaimed not-for-profit based in Atlanta that provides support to children and teens facing life after the death of a parent or sibling.

Following a successful founder transition in 2010, she went on to serve as the Executive Director of the Arbys Foundation where she refocused its efforts on a new strategic mission that more closely aligned with the Arbys brand. She also helped the organization contribute more than $18 million to ending childhood hunger in the United States.

In September 2015, Kate joined the Metro Atlanta Chamber, to lead the recently launched ChooseATL platform as Vice President. As VP she is responsible for focusing the regions narrative to showcase all that metro Atlanta has to offer with the purpose to attract and retain top talent.

Background: Do you know what all of the following statements have in common?

#1 Moving Destination in the Nation in 2014
#2 City of Millennials
#4 Metro Area with Fastest Growing Young Population
#5 Metro Area for Job Growth from 2013 to 2014

If you guessed that they all describe Atlanta then you are exactly correct. In order to maintain these credentials, key Atlanta organizations are rallying behind the notion that the next generation of economic development must be centered on attracting and retaining fresh, qualified talent.

Thats why this March, Atlanta groups ranging from indie bands to film producers to startup entrepreneurs to regional municipalities – will be packing up and heading out to take over SXSW. Over the course of five days, representatives from all over the metro region will highlight the abundant career opportunities across our 29-county region, as well as our unique culture and highly ranked livability.

– What is ChooseATL and why are you attending SXSW this year?
– Who are the key players from the metro area that are going with you?
– What is ChooseATL’s doing while at the festival and what do you hope to achieve?
– What is the economic development importance of the trip?
– How will this trip impact the economic development of Atlanta beyond 2016?
– How can Atlantan’s get involved both in Austin and back home?




Tres Crow – Business Consultant
UGA Small Business Development Center at Georgia State University

Tres Crow is a Business Consultant with the Small Business Development Center (SBDC),the CEO and Co-Founder of City Data Company, creators of the event mapping technology Walkabout, writer, and advocate for sustainable design, architecture, and economic policy, and the small businesses that make it all possible.

Tres has a BA in History from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI, and finished his MBA at the University of West Georgia.

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