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Global Expert Shares Vision for Growth
By John McCullough

Dr. John Kasarda, a globally recognized aviation expert, came to Atlanta to discuss how the world’s busiest airport could be more effective in catalyzing regional economic development. Kasarda, a University of North Carolina business school professor, defined the Aerotropolis model as a set of principles that enable communities to enjoy greater economic benefit by capitalizing on their proximity and connectivity to airports.

John D.  Kasarda
Director, University of North Carolina Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise

“The Aerotropolis represents a unique opportunity to leverage Hartsfield-Jackson to create competitive advantages for the Atlanta region by attracting additional investment, creating jobs and catapulting Atlanta to tier-one global city status,” said Kasarda.

Hartsfield-Jackson General Manager Ben DeCosta and Clayton County Chairman Eldrin Bell encouraged Kasarda to provide a tutorial to Airport area government, business and civic leaders. Officials from South Fulton and North Clayton attended this exploratory meeting along with local chambers of commerce and regional development representatives.

Participants were excited about the potential of leveraging the Aerotropolis concept for Atlanta’s global competitive advantage. The list of possible next steps includes the formation of a public-private partnership to execute the Aerotropolis strategy in metro Atlanta.

 



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