2017 Forum

What is true prosperity? How does it affect your life and community…from what you eat, to where you go to school, work or live? The 2017 GeorgiaForward Forum will focus on how Georgia can realize its full potential across all corners of our state from agricultural communities, to port cities, mountain resorts and metropolitan hubs.

Join thought leaders from business, government, education and other sectors to discuss emerging trends and explore new ways to improve the future of Georgia. Bring your ideas and don’t miss this opportunity to participate in robust and interactive discussions to Define Georgia’s Prosperity. The GeorgiaForward 2017 Forum will take place at the Georgia World Congress Center in downtown Atlanta on September 28 & 29.

September 28-29, 2017

Georgia World Congress Center, Downtown Atlanta

Presented by Bank of America

Thursday, September 28

12 noon – Registration

1 pm – Welcome and Remarks, AJ Robinson, GeorgiaForward Board Chairman

Economic Mobility and Relevance for Georgia, Wendy Stewart, Atlanta Market President and Co-Head Southeast Region, Bank of America

Interactive Discussion: What is our common prosperity? by Otis White, President, Civic Strategies


Break Out Sessions:

  • Technology in Agriculture
  • Young Leaders in Rural Georgia
  • Future of Georgia’s Workforce
  • Sustainability of Infrastructure

Interactive Session: Big Ideas

5:30 pm – Adjourn


Friday, September 29

8:30 am – Networking and Breakfast

9 am – Welcome Back

Prioritizing Big Ideas


Mayors Panel from Young Gamechanger Communities presented by Georgia Municipal Association and Georgia Cities Foundation


Keynote Address by Dr. R. Kirby Godsey, Chancellor, Mercer University

Young Gamechangers Panel

Interactive Discussion: Looking to the Future

3 pm – Adjourn


Presenting Sponsor

Bronze Sponsors

Friends of the Forum

In Kind Sponsors

Media Sponsors

For information on sponsorship opportunities, contact Kris Vaughn at [email protected]