Second, metro Atlanta must focus on its wide range of resources, such as its 57 universities and colleges that enroll more than 222,000 students annually. Our universities and colleges strengthen metro Atlanta’s position nationally and internationally as a leading destination for companies, especially from the bioscience and high-technology sectors.
Third, metro Atlanta must continue to build on its existing global ties and strengthen its connections around the world. This is done by bringing business to the region, and by working to open new consulates and trade offices.
Even with the competition we face in today’s global marketplace, Atlanta continues to make great strides to strengthen its global position as the city where the world comes to do business. The Metro Atlanta Chamber’s Global Commerce Council and many others remain committed to helping Atlanta prosper as a top international business city.
Christian Fischer is executive vice president of the packaging segment for Georgia-Pacific and chair of the Metro Atlanta Chamber’s Global Commerce Council.