Georgia’s Innovation Crescent Regional Partnership (ICRP) represents a collaboration between economic development professionals in thirteen counties situated between Athens and Atlanta, Georgia. This geography includes a variety of business and academic institutions with critical research that is being conducted at the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the University of Georgia, Georgia Tech, Georgia State University, and Emory University.
The Innovation Crescent collaboration exists to improve and expand the economic development marketing efforts for the Life Science industry within the WorkReady identified region. Through these efforts, Georgia’s life science brand will be nationally and globally recognized as a hub for life science business, research, education and workforce.
The ICRP began under the umbrella of life sciences in order to establish the framework and network necessary for collaboration. As the organizational structure became more further developed, the ICRP expanded the focus to include additional knowledge-intensive sectors with common threads among the 15 member counties.
The counties of Barrow, Clarke, Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Fulton, Gwinnett, Jackson, Jasper, Madison, Morgan, Newton, Oconee, Oglethorpe, and Walton are all included in the Innovation Crescent. The possibility does exist of the Innovation Crescent's geographic footprint and its goals being expanded to include more opportunities. Additional Information can be found on their website.
Innovation Crescent Member Community Goals
The goals of the Innovation Crescent's member communities include:
Retention and expansion existing knowledge-based industries
Integrated and seamless education and workforce systems supporting relevant business sectors and clusters
Creating an environment that fosters fast-growth entrepreneurs
Alignment of education and workforce development resources to support relevant business sectors and clusters