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Tuesday, August 24, 2010 - 9:52am

Group Hopes Two Georgias Can Be One

Leaders from all over the state will gather in Macon Wednesday to look at creating a common vision for Georgia.
They hope to create a so-called “One Georgia.”

There’s Metro Atlanta and then there’s everyone else. It’s a sentiment often echoed by people from places like Albany, Macon, and Dalton, and some say the lack of a single vision is holding the state back.

The group Georgia Forward is bringing business, civic, government and academic leaders together in the geographic center of the state to look at problems and opportunities. Conference organizer Amir Farokhi says all cities are interconnected.

“They’re all in a greater position to fail if the state is not creating a common vision. Whether it’s on transportation, or education, or sustainability for our regions to succeed.”

Farokhi spent the last 6 months traveling the state and says Georgia cities have a lot in common, but communication needs to improve. He says the forum is a good start.