Georgia has established itself as a global leader in the technology industry. But for Georgia to continue leading, we must look forward and identify where improvements can be made. With the Georgia General Assembly (GGA) beginning its 2021 session, it is time to look at some of the policies that will support our community and help the entire ecosystem grow and thrive. This year, the tech community’s focus will be marked by a four-part strategy of business and industry, innovation and entrepreneurship, diversity and inclusion, and education and workforce.
Supporting business-friendly policies and incentives helps to attract, create, and grow technology companies throughout Georgia. Supporting policies that draw a talented workforce will fill gaps that exist in Georgia’s technology ecosystem. Encouraging partnerships between the state’s public and private sectors as well as championing policies that provide for the growth and expansion of emerging technologies help Georgia continue to lead and prosper.
Stimulating innovation is key to maintaining and elevating Georgia’s position within the industry. To cultivate innovation, the GGA must implement policies that reduce barriers to entry, encourage entrepreneurial activities, and incentivize ideation. In tandem with the incredible opportunities that already exist in Georgia, like Venture Atlanta, ATDC, and the Atlanta Tech Village, adopting these types of policies can ensure that Georgia remains top of mind for startups and venture capitalists alike.
Leadership is more than simply helping businesses grow. Strong leaders cultivate diversity, provide opportunities to all, and develop pathways into technology for new minds. It is vital that the technology ecosystem actively work to be more inclusive. By inviting new perspectives and experiences to the table, innovation flourishes.
Developing a deep pool of local talent starts early. By implementing policies that properly fund educators, Georgia will be able to advance K-12 curriculum to meet the state’s technology workforce needs. Furthermore, Georgia companies can contribute by proactively engaging in workforce development programs. Lastly, ensuring the ability of current technology to reach students is important and can be funded through policies that incorporate student’s technology needs into Georgia’s QBE funding formula.
Supporting policies that encourage innovation and collaboration, support new and existing businesses, promote inclusivity, and develop future leaders is good for the entire Georgia technology ecosystem. Please join me and the Technology Association of Georgia as we strive to advance the state’s stature and help Georgia continue to lead.
Have a great weekend,
Larry K. Williams
President & CEO, Technology Association of Georgia (TAG)
View TAG’s 2021-2022 Legislative Policy Priorities HERE.