Georgia on my Mind

Georgia's been on my mind.

Being from Georgia has always had its ups and downs. Growing up, I was fortunate to have a childhood filled with quality education, streets lined with green space, summers spent at nearby lakes, and the mountains and the beach just hours away. But there were no tourist attractions my friends from out of town were dying to come see, downtown was a place we didn't know and didn't go to.

Despite the boom Atlanta had thanks to the 1996 Olympics, over the past few years, there have also been many trying moments. Our water issues with nearby states continue to worsen and of course, our transportation challenges.

But most recently, I have never been more proud of my home town and home state.

Our downtown is booming: we have one of the world’s largest aquariums, home to the College Football Hall of Fame, and even SkyView, a fun-filled Ferris Wheel.

In the next two years, we will have a brand new football stadium and baseball field. Both of which will be best-in-class facilities and we hope best-in-class teams. With the new stadium came yesterday's news that the #ATL will host the Super Bowl in 2019!

We’ve become a technology hub — did you know that over 70% of companies in the financial technology sector that manage payments are based here?

And last, but certainly not least, our governor took a tough stance with some of his constituents and vetoed HB 757. We now have an opportunity to capitalize on some of the economic growth that will be lost by our neighboring states due to some of their recent legislative decisions.

H/T to the city's leadership - from government officials to groups that make all of this possible including the Metro Atlanta Chamber, the Atlanta Regional Commission, and the United Way of Greater Atlanta.