South Metro Development Outlook (SMDO) is the brainchild of Michael Hightower who is the Managing Partner at The Collaborative Firm, a land use planning, program management and real estate development company located in East Point, Georgia.
SMDO serves as a platform to convene elected officials and industry professionals with a common interest in examining and discussing relevant growth-related issues in the southern crescent. It highlights the following seven South Metro counties and the southern part of Atlanta: Clayton, Coweta, Douglas, Fayette, Henry, Spalding and South Fulton.
Each year, South Metro Development Outlook features highly acclaimed industry experts and government officials providing invaluable information on topics of interest, and SMDO 2016 was no exception. Specifically, the featured topics from last year’s conference included the 2016 Economic Forecast and Development Update; News from Atlanta Aerotropolis Alliance; The Digital Age and South Metro; New Education Legislation and its Impact on South Metro; and the Millennial Movement on the Move.
Last year’s conference was a major success according to the feedback provided by those in attendance. It attracted over 650 attendees who listened intently as notable speakers provided insights on South Metro’s economic development surge. The conference culminated with a presentation by members of the Atlanta Aerotropolis Alliance. Pedro Cherry, senior vice president of the Metro Atlanta region, Georgia Power and chairman, Atlanta Aerotropolis Alliance; Joseph Folz, vice president, general counsel and secretary, Porsche Cars North America and chairman emeritus, Atlanta Aerotropolis Alliance; Cortex Carter, assistant general manager of Atlanta business ventures, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and board of directors, Atlanta Aerotropolis Alliance; and Michael Hightower, managing partner, The Collaborative Firm and board of directors, Atlanta Aerotropolis Alliance gave updates on the new development plans surrounding Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Aerotropolis