Why Atlanta?

Education Seminar • Wednesday, May 16th

Downtown Atlanta Dusk

7:30 am, Continental Breakfast & Networking
8:00 am - 9:00 am, Program


Greg King, Associate Vice President for Economic Development for Georgia Institute of Technology

Gregg Simon, VP of economic development for the Metro Atlanta Chamber

Randall Toussaint, Project Manager, Georgia Department of Economic Development


Brenda Robbins, Business Recruitment Director, Georgia Power Economic Development


The Atlanta REALTORS® Center
5784 Lake Forrest Drive, Atlanta, GA  30328


Seating is limited, reservations required: Reservations must be made and will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Free to CBR members; $45 for non-members.

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Brenda Robbins

Georgia Power
Business Recruitment Director, Economic Development

Brenda’s expertise and talent on the business recruitment team speak for themselves through the 150+ companies she’s helped locate in Georgia, along with more than 34,000 jobs and $7 billion in capital investment. Brenda personally assists companies as they identify potential communities and sites throughout the state by providing market evaluation, engineering assistance, and acting as liaison between business leaders and state agencies. Her strong background and deep understanding of information technology, establishing data centers, finance and insurance, business services, headquarters, bio science, and talent recruitment make her a great asset to prospective companies during their search for new locations.

Brenda is a member of the Georgia Economic Developer’s Association, the Metro Atlanta Bioscience Leadership Council, and the Alpharetta Technology Commission. She is a member of the Atlanta Commercial Board of Realtors, and in 2014 was named their Affiliate of the Year. Brenda’s success earned her a spot among the top 50 Economic Developers in the nation by Consultant Connect in 2015 and 2016.

Brenda graduated from Auburn University with a business administration degree in marketing, and completed her Masters degree in Business Administration at Georgia State University.

Passionate about animals, Brenda enjoys volunteering with pet rescue organizations. She also enjoys traveling, whitewater rafting in the beautiful Georgia mountains, and gardening at her home in Sandy Springs with her dog, Boudreaux.

Greg King

Greg King

Georgia Institute of Technology
Associate Vice President for Economic Development

Greg King serves as Georgia Tech’s Associate Vice President for Economic Development, responsible for developing key relationships that leverage the Institute’s strengths in education, research, and innovation. Working closely with corporate partners, Greg helps their innovation, technology and business teams create meaningful engagements across campus.

In support of the state’s recruitment and economic development efforts he identifies and mobilizes the university resources most relevant for those companies considering location in Georgia. He also follows on with these companies after location to work with them to establish comprehensive campus-wide partnerships.

Greg leads Georgia Tech’s engagement with industry involving the creation and operation of innovation or technology centers on or near campus. He provides stewardship of the network of these corporate innovation labs and centers, developing linkages and focusing university resources to grow these communities of innovation. For Technology Square and other Georgia Tech innovation neighborhoods, he helps to develop and accelerate programs that enhance the ecosystem as a platform for corporate innovation and development. With over 18 years of technology-led economic development experience working with regional partnerships and local communities, he also holds a joint appointment with the Board of Regents, University System of Georgia, serving as an Assistant Vice Chancellor.

Greg previously served as an officer in the United States Navy, where his experience spanned over two decades and included a range of demanding executive, staff, and operational assignments worldwide. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Management from Georgia Tech and a Masters in Economics from the University of Oklahoma. He was also part of the Fulbright International program representing university-industry collaboration and economic development working with universities in Germany and France.

Greg is a certified economic developer (CEcD) through the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) and is an officer and member of the Board of Directors for the Association of University Research Parks (AURP). He is a frequent speaker on technology-led economic development topics, university-industry partnerships and developing communities of innovation.

Gregg Simon

Gregg Simon

MAC STAFF Economic Development
Vice President

Gregg D. Simon is vice president of economic development for the Metro Atlanta Chamber (MAC). In his role, Simon works to build and manage relationships with our economic development partners across the 29-county metro Atlanta region and cultivate job growth across MAC’s industry clusters: bioscience, technology, mobility, supply chain & logistics and global commerce. He also assists businesses and their consultants in their evaluation of metro Atlanta for new or expanded operations

Previously, he served as senior director of project management at MAC, and worked with partners and MAC’s project management team to support businesses interested in expanding or relocating to the region. Before that he was director of technology industry development at MAC, focusing on building Atlanta’s technology cluster and growing jobs in the areas of Internet security, wireless mobility, software development and digital media.

Simon brings more than 20 years of economic development experience to MAC. Prior to joining MAC, Simon was manager of business engagement for the Atlanta Development Authority (ADA) where he helped existing businesses and attract new ones to the city of Atlanta. Before coming to Atlanta, he was the director of business services for the Massachusetts Alliance for Economic Development, a private non-profit economic development organization dedicated to business growth in Massachusetts. He also worked for Empire State Development, New York State’s economic development agency with a focus on business retention and expansion in the Buffalo regional office.

Simon’s work in Atlanta, Massachusetts and New York has included administration of tax and financial incentive programs, business retention and attraction marketing initiatives, economic development policy creation and implementation, and special event planning. He has worked with businesses such as Mercedes-Benz USA, Panasonic Automotive Systems of America, Ernst & Young, Novelis, Kemira, Invesco, Wipro, Bristol Myers Squibb, Straumann, Target, General Motors, 3M, Ford, Delphi and many others to support business expansions resulting in job retention and creation.

Simon is a graduate of the University of Rochester in Rochester, NY and lives in Atlanta with his wife and three children.

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