“I realized that if we are going to be a city and have a play in the technology spectrum, we need to establish our credentials,” Arthur Freeman, CEO and executive director of the chamber said.
At the event, the chamber will feature speaker Joe Gebbia Jr., who co-founder of Airbnb. He is the son of Brookhaven councilman Joe Gebbia.
“Joe Gebbia Jr. is an artist,” Ashley Logsdon, president of Advocacy and Policy Consulting said. “I think with art and technology coming to together, having him speak will be great for a lot of small business owners who want to do the same.”
The experience innovation weekend is intended to help provide the new city with an identity of a more metropolitan area where businesses want to come and thrive.
“We do not have an identity as a city yet,” Freeman said. “These new cities in DeKalb County that are emerging have been under the yoke of the county and have managed to get away from that. The city now having the ability to work with a chamber of commerce is exciting because two years ago, we could not imagine having an event like this here.”
Freeman said the city counts heavily on volunteers since it is only 8 months old. He said he is beyond grateful for Logsdon and the spirit of volunteerism she brings through her consulting firm.
The hopeful outcome of the event, said Freeman, is to have Brookhaven emerge from the clutter of the northern cities as the most livable and desirable city for young professionals.
“The name Brookhaven has a cachet with it,” Freeman said. “That it is a very livable part of the north metropolitan area and we are tying to position ourselves so that companies, especially with technology, not only want to move here but live here.”
To move forward with this goal the chamber partnered with the Technology Association of Georgia and will have events similar to this about every two months. The association also partnered with the cities of Dunwoody and Sandy Springs.
If you go:
When: Sept. 6 and 7
Where: Marriott Century Center, Conference Center 2000 Century Blvd. NE, Atlanta
Cost: ranges by event