This report on the Atlanta-Columbus area of Georgia is the last of five regional reports completed as part of the Clusters of Innovation Initiative, a private-led collaboration aiming to inform key decision makers across the U.S. on the value of cluster-based regional economic competitiveness. This project is unique in its coverage of five regions and 15 individual clusters using a common methodology, individually and comparatively.
The Atlanta region was chosen as an example of an extremely high-growth region. It was also included because of its size and position as a regional commercial center for a multi-state area. The region's historical development, from a transportation hub to a modern international city, provides valuable insights to the initiative's overall analysis and to other regions. A special focus on Columbus allows for the initiative to assess the relationship of nearby metro regions with strengths in some similar clusters.