A major project that Worldwide Editing joined last year, the Atlanta Metropolitan Export Plan (MEP), is entering its final stages and should be completed in Q1. The MEP, which the Brookings Institution is sponsoring, is part of a nationwide initiative to increase exports in metros across the United States.
A group of regional partners in Metro Atlanta, including the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce and City of Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, are executing the MEP in our 29-county metro region. Worldwide Editing is working with the Chamber to help write the plan. The goal of the Atlanta MEP, which will be released and implemented this year, is to strengthen metro Atlanta companies and the regional economy by helping more companies initiate or enhance growth through exports.
Increasing exports is critical to business growth locally and nationally because 95 percent of the world’s consumers live outside the United States and 83 percent of economic growth between 2013-18 is projected to occur beyond America’s borders. These numbers represent a special opportunity for Atlanta area companies. That’s because the Metro Atlanta region is under exporting. While Metro Atlanta is one of the nation’s largest economies and exporters of goods and services, the region lags the nation in terms of exports as a percentage of economic output. The MEP offers regional companies, especially small and medium-sized businesses, the opportunity to realize and take advantage of their export potential.
For more information about the MEP, visit www.atlantamep.com.