Updated: Jan 22, 2020
Following almost a week in Atlanta, GA, visiting with local organizations, companies, and at the Annual International Economic Development Conference, two things are certain:
locally-produced tomato jam is a culinary marvel, and we absolutely need to be paying attention to Atlanta as a city driving catalytic economic development projects that embed equity into their models.
Karp Strategies presented a conference session on creative engagement strategies at IEDC with James Rojas, founder of Place It!, and Julian Kiganda, CEO of JBK Designs to an unsuspecting crowd of practitioners who within minutes were using everyday objects to bring their ideal inclusive economies to life - and learning hands-on solutions to bring back to their thorniest challenges.
This year’s conference theme, inclusive economic development - fulfilling dreams, offered an immersive look at some of Atlanta’s flagship projects such as the BeltLine and Aerotropolis, deep conversations with practitioners from around the globe, and surfaced questions of how equity shows up in community economic development and real estate projects.
Both the conversation and practice of economic development is changing nationwide and to keep pace, we’re going to have to ask the hard questions.