Expansion of GRA recommended in Georgia Competitiveness Initiative Report
The recently released Georgia Competitiveness Initiative Report includes two recommendations focused on the Georgia Research Alliance: Continue and expand the state’s support for GRA and include funding for two new GRA Eminent Scholars in the state’s FY2013 budget.
Governor Nathan Deal created the Georgia Competitiveness Initiative shortly after he became Governor to “strengthen the state’s economic development strategy” in order to “attract new jobs, encourage investment, and give existing companies the support they deserve.” The Initiative focused on six key factors that drive economic development: business climate, education and workforce development, innovation, infrastructure, global commerce, and government efficiency. Input was gathered through an online survey and stakeholder meetings in each of Georgia’s 12 economic development regions.
Chris Cummiskey, Commissioner of the Department of Economic Development, and Chris Clark, President of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, co-chaired the Initiative. Read the complete report here>