What is Digital Region 1?

The Northwest Georgia Regional Commission, with support from the Georgia Technology Authority, has developed the Digital Region 1 (DR1) plan to grow business, recruit and retain industry, and support local institutions with technology. Digital technology can be powerful means to grow incomes, improve products and services, and increase competitiveness. The strategic focus of DR1 is top-line growth via investments in software and workforce that capitalize on and foster additional investments in hardware and infrastructure. The goals of DR1 are to:

  • Increase the benefits of and reduce the costs of using digital technologies
  • Address common issues, needs, opportunities, problems, etc., across sectors:
    • Education
    • Healthcare
    • Local government
    • Manufacturing
    • Tourism
    • Small business
  • Share best practices and other knowledge to increase use of, investment in, and benefits from technology

The DR1 plan is a starting point for that process, focused on northwest Georgia’s economic drivers and supporting institutions.Our research shows that northwest Georgia has generally very good digital infrastructure. Leading organizations in all sectors we examined—especially manufacturing—have invested in hardware. Now we need to invest in digital skills and software. Improvements in basic industries, particularly advanced manufacturing, will be catalysts for digital development by other sectors. DR1 is a blueprint for doing more with hardware and infrastructure by investing in software and workforce. As an economic development plan, DR1 must have measurable impacts on productivity and prosperity. For all sectors and the entire regional economy, the objectives of the plan are to increase:

  • Technology investment and use by organizations
  • The number and sizes of the region’s technology companies
  • The number of technology jobs and occupations
  • Income & wages via digital leadership and workforce skills

The Digital Economy Plan

In short, the Northwest Georgia Regional Digital Economy Plan is a plan for northwest Georgia to attract investment, grow businesses, increase prosperity, and support institutions with digital technology.

Digital Region 1 Partnership

Northwest Georgia technology leaders are needed to help grow the region's digital economy!

The DR1 Partnership is for technology leaders to share their expertise, promote digital technologies, and guide the Digital Region 1 initiative. Digital Region 1 is an initiative of the Northwest Georgia Regional Commission to grow the region's digital economy

Technology Financing Program

DR1 is working to make sure it's easy to finance technology investments.

Is your organization considering a major software purchase or other technology project? We are working with lenders and other funding organizations to make sure you can finance your project.

Welcome to the DR1 website!

News regarding the Digital Region 1 Plan, developments and further technological opportunities in the Northwest Georgia region will be posted here in the future.

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