Michael L. Sullivan 2015-12-09 00:25:26
The end of the year is often a time when people and businesses reflect, take stock of their performance and look forward to what may be in store for the year ahead. If you are one of those people, this issue focusing on the economic outlook for Georgia’s economy from several different perspectives will give you lots of food for thought. One of those perspectives is our cover subject, Doug Hooker, P.E. Doug’s position as the Executive Director of the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) gives him a unique vantage point that we are pleased to be able to include in this issue. But, he is also “one of our own” - a registered Professional Engineer who, before taking the reins at the ARC, was with Atkins (formerly PBS&J). Doug has worked as a design engineer, engineering project manager, finance and administrative director and a business development and marketing executive over many years in the engineering industry. We were honored to be able to get Doug’s thoughts on the direction of the metro Atlanta region, particularly around the same time that the ARC unveiled the 2015 results of its Metro Atlanta Speaks survey. We share some of those interesting data points in this issue, as well as what they may indicate about the future of the Atlanta region and its economy. Our second feature collects the thoughts of some of Georgia’s leading economists, economic development professionals, construction company executives and private real estate developers. We asked all of them to look into their crystal balls and tell us what they think is in store for Georgia’s economy in 2016. The result is an article filled with a wealth of facts, figures and expert opinions relating to Georgia’s economy from a multitude of market sectors and perspectives. It should be valuable information to factor into your strategies for expanding your business over the coming year. Clarence Day once said “Information is pretty thin stuff unless mixed with experience.” Heeding that counsel, for our third feature article we gathered a group of experienced engineering principals from a variety of different sized firms, practice areas and geographic regions to have a candid roundtable conversation about their thoughts on the direction of Georgia’s economy and how that will affect the engineering industry and their firms over the course of the coming year. We here at Engineering Georgia are also looking back on 2015 as the year that we launched this new endeavor. This magazine was created with the mission of improving the business climate for engineering firms in Georgia and we would love to have your feedback on how we can do an even better job of fulfilling that mission in 2016. Remember, Engineering Georgia is YOUR magazine and we welcome your thoughts on how we can make it more valuable to your firm and our industry.
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