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Techlanta - Major Corporations
Atlanta is the Southeast's technology, innovation, and entrepreneurship capital, with the third-largest concentration of Fortune 500 companies in the country.
During the past five years, corporations have opened more than 20 innovation and technology centers in and near Tech Square, where they have ready access to Georgia Tech, startup talent, and to new technologies.
In January 2018, long-standing corporate partner, Chick-fil-A, opened a Technology Innovation Center in the Historic Biltmore. The new center, says Chick-fil-A CEO, Dan Cathy, provides a distinct competitive advantage — namely, "the ability to assemble talent ... and speed."
How It All Began
Beginning back in the ’90s, Georgia Tech began buying and developing blighted land between campus and Midtown Atlanta.
That bold step of taking on the charge of transforming a failed area led to the development of Tech Square: a 1.4-million-square foot urban mixed-use development encompassing education, research, hospitality, office, retail, and residential facilities and spaces.
The AT&T Foundry at Tech Square was an early member of the area's innovation community.
Tech Square is a vital nexus that has generated prosperous bonds between Georgia Tech’s intellectual capital and the burgeoning business community on the edge of campus in Midtown.
The area is a dense conglomeration of major tech companies, corporate innovation centers, startups, venture capital investors — just about every component essential to an effective and efficient innovation ecosystem.
Tech Square is well-reputed for facilitating dynamic connections between Tech’s internationally renowned researchers, R&D labs, highly skilled students, workforce-ready graduates, and the thriving Atlanta business community.
And, so, they keep coming.
“Businesses are also flocking to Atlanta. NCR, Kaiser Permanente — one of the leading health care firms in America — and GE Digital are all within the city’s limits.”
"Here’s How Atlanta is Becoming a Center of Tech Innovation” - July 2016
The opening of the Boeing Manufacturing Development Center in Tech Square is just one recent example, and Boeing’s Chief Technology Officer and Senior Vice President of Boeing Engineering, Test, and Technology Greg Hyslop describes it as a “significant step” for his company.
“Boeing has a long established and successful relationship with Georgia Tech,” said Hyslop.
“We look forward to the opening of this research center to continue that relationship and continue to build even deeper ties between Boeing engineers, and faculty and graduate students at Georgia Tech.
I’m really excited about where this might go and the technology it’s going to lead to. It’s going to make Georgia Tech better, it’s going to make Boeing better, and it’s going to make aerospace better.”