Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Happy Birthday, Tech Square!

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Technology Square at Georgia Tech opened five years ago this month. (The photo above shows former GT President Wayne Clough speaking at the opening celebration, with Mayor Shirley Franklin waiting her turn to his right.)

In five years, Tech Square has transformed Midtown, vastly improved Georgia Tech's physical and social connectivity to the rest of Atlanta, and become the hub of high-tech commercialization and startup activity for the region.

Off the top of my head (I'm sure I've forgotten some neighbors; my apologies), it's now the home for:

Georgia Tech

  • College of Management
  • Global Learning Center
  • Bookstore (Barnes & Noble)
  • Enterprise Innovation Institute
  • Advanced Technology Development Center (ATDC), incubating around 30 startup companies
  • VentureLab
  • Georgia Electronic Design Center (GEDC)
  • Graphics Visualization and Usability Center (GVU)
  • Georgia Centers for Advanced Telecommunications Technology (GCATT)
  • Georgia Tech Foundation


Friends
  • Georgia Department of Economic Development
  • Technology Association of Georgia
  • Atlanta Technology Angels
  • three venture capital firms
  • every semiconductor company in Georgia (all five of them!)
  • TechDrawl (ssh!)
  • Accenture
  • Georgia Power
  • Interface
  • Carbon Motors
  • LifeSync
  • GSE Simulations
  • Samsung
  • Siemens
  • Georgia Tech Hotel
  • a dozen shops and restaurants, including
  • the all-important Starbucks!


Not bad for a few blocks that used to be dangerous, dirty, and under-developed.

Congratulations to the Georgia Tech Foundation, The University Financing Foundation, Fifth Street Management, and everyone else who helped make Tech Square a success!

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