President-elect Donald J. Trump said in a response on Twitter Saturday morning that Congressman John Lewis “should spend more time on fixing and helping his district, which is in horrible shape.” (Richard Graulich / The Palm Beach Post)
Photo: Richard Graulich
Photo: Richard Graulich

Trump’s Twitter slam ignores growing tech hub in Lewis’ district

President-elect Donald J. Trump’s Twitter slam against Congressman John Lewis’ district failed to mention that Midtown Atlanta is becoming one of the most significant technology hubs in the country.

On Thursday, the city of Atlanta, Georgia Tech and 10 of the metro area’s biggest corporations, including Home Depot and Delta Air Lines, announced plans to launch a technology incubator and venture fund that they hope will cement Atlanta as a tech powerhouse.

In particular, Midtown has emerged since the Great Recession as the Atlanta region’s technology boomtown. NCR in recent years announced it would relocate from Gwinnett County to a new headquarters at Technology Square.

The company then doubled down on that move last year when it announced its tech hub and second phase of development. The company will ultimately have more than 5,000 workers in Midtown.

Other prominent names that have built new innovation labs or made corporate expansions near Georgia Tech include Equifax, Southern Company, Panasonic, Sage Software and AT&T. Coca-Cola and Turner Broadcasting teamed up in late 2015 to back start ups that could bring potential innovations to both companies.

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