This Friday, a contingent of Atlanta technology industry representatives will head to New York’s Times Square to promote the city’s emerging tech industry cluster – and perhaps flaunt their bell ringing skills. The group – which includes ATDC members – was invited to join Invest Atlanta President & CEO Brian McGowan as he rings the opening bell for NASDAQ.
“Atlanta is home to some of the country’s leading tech companies, but it is also a hotbed of entrepreneurial activity,” said McGowan. “The city offers an ecosystem that supports young and creative tech companies to emerge as the next generation leaders…We want to set the pace for the country, for this sector.”
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. In addition, a Kauffman Index of Entrepreneurial Activity report released last year shows that Georgia led the nation in new business startups in 2010, while Atlanta tied for the second-most among the 15 biggest metro areas.
Community Catalyst Jen Bonnett will be among those in attendance tomorrow, representing both ATDC and StartupChicks. She said the spotlight on Atlanta is proof of the city’s growth into becoming one of the nation’s hotbeds of technology and innovation.
Other past and present ATDC members in attendance will include representatives from Blinq Media, Emcien, Digital Assent, Oversight Systems, Pardot, Preparis, ScanTech Holdings, Suniva, Synergy America Inc., Team Fenom, The Weekend Collection, Urjanet and Vitrue.
The bell ceremony will air on www.nasdaq.com, so fire up your computer before 9:15 a.m. EST to watch it live.