Why Georgia for agriculture? 

 

 

Georgia is home to 680 food processing companies and 50,000 farms: together these account for $26 billion in GDP. The value of Georgia's agriculture production reached $14.1 billion in 2014. Georgia has 9.4 million acres of agricultural land. Vegetable production is a $1.7 billion business in Georgia. 

Georgia's agriculture industry increases 4.6% Annually, from 2009 to 2014.

 Source: Farm Gate, 2014

Source: Farm Gate, 2014

 

In October 2015, Atlanta's mayor appointed its first ever Urban Agriculture Director, Mario Cambardella.

Venture capital investment in Georgia Companies reached $836 million in 2015, up from $491 million in 2014. In the past five years, total venture capital funding in Georgia amounts to $2.7 billion in funding and 374 deals. 

Site Selection: "Top U.S. Business Climates" 

  • 1. Georgia
  • 2. North Carolina
  • 3. Kentucky
  • 4. Louisiana
  • 5. Ohio

Area Development: "Top States for Doing Business"

  • 1. Georgia
  • 2. North Carolina
  • 3. Kentucky
  • 4. Louisiana
  • 5. Ohio

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Lack of produce in state

Business friendly environ.

Mario’s position

Highlight: power, policy, retail, available space

 

info from Atlanta local food report (food well alliance):

In Metro Atlanta, there are nearly 300 community gardens that connect an estimated 7,000 citizens. 

Community Farmers Markets (CFM) manages 9 farmers markets in Atlanta. In 2016 alone, CFM engaged 131 farmers/food makers/vendors and 172,385 market shoppers at their farmers markets.

Atlanta's urban gardens are clustered in the city's lowest-income neighborhoods, where community gardening has the largest impact. These neighborhoods are considered food deserts and are predominantly comprised of people of color. Community gardens have increased food security and access in these areas.