SOURCE: Invest Atlanta

Invest Atlanta

March 08, 2012 13:29 ET

Invest Atlanta to Ring the Opening NASDAQ Bell on March 9

Atlanta Fortifies Its Position as High Tech Hotbed

ATLANTA, GA--(Marketwire - Mar 8, 2012) - Invest Atlanta President & CEO Brian McGowan will ring the NASDAQ Stock Market Opening Bell at the NASDAQ MarketSite in Times Square on March 9, 2012. Mr. McGowan will be accompanied by more than 20 cutting-edge Atlanta-based technology companies, as they promote the emerging tech industry cluster and hidden tech sector.

"Atlanta is home to some of the country's leading tech companies but it is also a hotbed of entrepreneurial activity. The city offers an eco-system that supports young and creative tech companies to emerge as the next generation leaders," said Brian McGowan, president & CEO of Invest Atlanta. "Invest Atlanta's new programs are designed to assist and encourage the growth of small businesses, start-ups, and entrepreneurship. We want to set the pace for the country, for this sector."

"Atlanta has a rich history for entrepreneurship and a community that not only embraces, but fosters the growth of start-up firms through incubators, support organizations and events designed to put companies in front of the right investors and funnel resources to the right projects," added Hans Gant, Senior Vice President, Economic Development for Metro Atlanta Chamber.

Atlanta is currently ranked third in the country for cities with the most Fortune 500 headquarters, ranked first in innovation in Zipcar's Future Metropolis Index and is the home of technology leaders including First Data Corp.; AT&T Mobility; CNN; and Dell SecureWorks.

Atlanta-based companies include:

  • 100UE
  • ATDC
  • Ballers Bridge
  • BLiNQ Media
  • champSpot
  • Digital Assent LLC
  • Emcien
  • Eyemail, Inc.
  • Georgia Tech - MBDA Business Center - Atlanta
  • Homestead Packaging Solutions
  • Mobilewalla
  • Oversight Systems
  • Pardot
  • Preparis, Inc
  • ScanTech Holdings
  • Sidewalk District
  • SionicMobile
  • StartupChicks
  • Suniva
  • Synergy America, Inc.
  • Team Fenom
  • The Weekend Collection
  • Urjanet
  • VectorSpan Inc.
  • Village Capital
  • Vitrue

About Invest Atlanta

Invest Atlanta is the official economic development authority for the City of Atlanta. Its purpose is to strengthen Atlanta's economy and global competitiveness in order to create increased opportunity and prosperity for the people of Atlanta.

Chaired by the Mayor of Atlanta, and governed by a nine-member board of directors, Invest Atlanta's programs and initiatives focus on developing and fostering public/private partnerships to create jobs, grow the economy, revitalize neighborhoods, attract investment, spur innovation, and encourage entrepreneurship. To achieve these goals, Invest Atlanta leverages the benefits of bond financing, revolving loan funds, housing financing, tax increment financing (TIF), and tax credits.

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