INNOVATE OR DIE: Technology is Disrupting the Development Industry

July 29 | 7:30-11:30 AM

The issues of how metro Atlanta will grow and develop have never been more critical. Even as we emerge from the public health and economic challenges of a global pandemic – and following the most contentious political season in a generation – the Council for Quality Growth will gather public and private sector leaders for discussion of critical issues for our region.

Join us for our first annual half-day conference: The INTERSECTION. This year’s theme – Innovate or Die – will focus on the ways that technology is disrupting the development industry. Featured keynote speakers and expert panelists will discuss key industry issues and their impacts on Atlanta, including remote work, Zoomtowns, a K-shaped housing recovery, electric vehicles, digital currencies, and more.


The INTERSECTION Conference has been approved by The Georgia Real Estate Commission for three (3) credit hours of Continuing Education (CE) through the Council for Quality Growth’s education arm, the Quality Growth Institute, GREC School #7234. Credits are available for “in-class” attendance only. Course Code #73,328

Featured Keynote Speakers

Greg Lindsay

Director of Applied Research, New Cities

Meet Greg

Ali Wolf

Chief Economist, Zonda

Meet Ali

Chante Harris

Senior Manager of Venture for ClimateTech, SecondMuse

Meet Chante

The Next Normal

As Atlanta reopens to a new world of remote work, turbocharged e-commerce, and a “K-shaped” recovery that has led to a housing boom for some and a crisis for many, what are the implications for Atlanta’s future? Where are the opportunities for developers and new arrivals in this new landscape? And how can local governments ensure the next wave of growth is more equitable and sustainable than the last?

Are Zoomtowns the Next Boomtowns?

Growth follows jobs, and jobs follow the talent — which has no intention of ever commuting five days a week again. Remote work is here to stay, which means rethinking traditional site selection and development patterns. Will employers rethink high rents in high rises, or abandon offices on the exurban fringe? Will there be a brain drain of young and old for greater Zoomtown pastures? Or will Atlanta become a magnet for young strivers?

Disrupting the Disruptors

Bitcoins, Dogecoins, Hyperloops, and electric cars are just a few of Elon Musk’s hobbies, but only one of those is likely to be a game changer when it comes to Atlanta’s future. What technologies and services touted as the next big during the pandemic were hype, and which are likely to stick? And how do we encourage public officials to focus on what matters (e.g. better transit service) and ignore distractions (e.g. self-driving cars).

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