SAVANNAH, GA–January 25, 2016 – Savannah area leaders are urging local tech
companies to apply for consideration for “The 2016 Top 40/Top 10 Innovative Companies in Georgia” presented by The Technology Association of Georgia (TAG).
“With the increase of collegial effort between innovators, educators and policymakers in Savannah and surrounding areas,” said Dr. Dennis Barber III, Assistant Professor of Economics at Armstrong State University, “I hope that we will be well-represented among the state’s Top 40 Innovative Companies with at least 5 or more applicants from the Savannah area this year.”
Savannah has a history of technological innovation. The region is often cited as the area that served as the early inspiration and ingenuity that lead to the first cotton gin and the world’s first “hybrid” steamship that crossed the ocean. Today the Creative Coast is home to a host of technology-related business in Digital Media/Entertainment, Logistics, Advanced Manufacturing and more.
“TAG’s Top 40 plays an important role in building Georgia’s entrepreneurship brand which continues to be recognized by Inc. Magazine and the National Venture Capital Association”, said Bea Wray, Executive Director of the Creative Coast, a leading group that promotes entrepreneurs and innovation. “Innovative companies continue to blossom along the coast so I hope to see many take advantage of the chance to be recognized by TAG.”
The “Top 40” will be awarded based on specific criteria including: degree of innovation, scope and financial impact of innovation, likelihood of success, and promotion of Georgia’s innovative efforts nationally and internationally. Eligible companies will be Georgia based and focused on the development and dissemination of technology.
“Being a part of the technology community is essential to this region’s growth and future stability”, said Diane Lee, Director of the Georgia Tech Savannah campus. “We are enthusiastic about urging local companies to apply and represent coastal Georgia”
Companies selected for the “Top 40″ will be showcased in an exhibition at the 2016 Georgia Technology Summit (GTS), which is expected to draw the state’s technology leaders. The “Top 10” most innovative technology companies will be chosen from among the “Top 40″.
“Top 10” Companies will be asked to present at the 2016 Georgia Technology Summit, which will be held Thursday, March 17th at the Cobb Galleria Center.
The 2016 Georgia Technology Summit is expected to draw a crowd of more than 1,300 C-level executives, entrepreneurs, technology professionals and academia to celebrate and recognize Georgia’s technology community. In addition to presentations from some of the top technology influencers in the nation, the newest member of the Technology Hall of Fame of Georgia will be inducted.
Interested companies from across the state have until January 29, 2016 to apply to be considered for this annual award which recognizes Georgia’s best and brightest.
To apply for the 2016 “Top 40/Top 10 Innovative Companies in Georgia, please visit:
For more information about TAG and the Georgia Technology Summit or to register for the event, visit: http://www.tagonline.org/events/georgia-technology-summit/
About TAG Savannah Chapter
Founded in 2011, TAG Savannah executes TAG’s mission of educating, uniting, promoting, and influencing Coastal Georgia’s technology community through monthly meetings including IT Connect, the TAG Savannah CIO Roundtable Series, the TAG Savannah Speaker Series, TechFest with Armstrong State University and much more. Savannah area TAG Premiere Members include Armstrong State University, Georgia Ports Authority, Gulfstream Aerospace, Georgia Southern University, Hunter Maclean, SCAD and many others.
About The Technology Association of Georgia (TAG)
TAG is the leading technology industry association in the state, serving more than 30,000 members through regional chapters in Metro Atlanta, Athens, Augusta, Columbus, Macon/Middle Georgia and Savannah. TAG hosts over 200 events each year and serves as an umbrella organization for 34 professional societies.
The association provides networking and educational programs; celebrates Georgia’s technology leaders and companies; and advocates for legislative action that enhances the state’s economic climate for technology. For more information visit the TAG website at www.tagonline.org.
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