The Middle Georgia Innovation Project, USA (2020-2021)

The Middle Georgia Innovation Project, USA (2020-2021)

Exploring the Innovation Ecosystem across Middle Georgia

Project Overview

The Middle Georgia Innovation Project is the first step in implementing the regional action plan from the Middle Georgia Charrette and Regional Planning Initiative, which Future iQ was contracted to carry out in 2018. The plan identified six key pillars of action, two of which are being advanced in The Middle Georgia Innovation Project.

The Middle Georgia Innovation Project is funded by the Department of Defense Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA) and intends to explore the innovation eco-system across the 11 counties of Middle Georgia. Mapping the current ecosystem and providing an innovation gap analysis, this project intends to build innovation in the Middle Georgia region and establish it as a place which will attract new industry, businesses and residents.

The Middle Georgia Innovation Project will advance the efforts building the workforce that the region needs for the future and build innovation in the Middle Georgia region, which has been identified as an opportunity need. The project also intends to start the process of developing Middle Georgia as the ‘Software Center of Excellence.’

Future iQ®'s Role in this Project

    Future iQ has been contracted by the Middle Georgia Regional Commission to conduct and facilitate The Middle Georgia Innovation Project. Work will include:

    • Mapping the existing Middle Georgia Innovation Framework and Ecosystem
      • Military/Civilian Organizational Mapping
      • Network Mapping Survey and Maps
      • Industry 4.0 Preparedness Survey
      • Convening Network Focus Groups – Gaps and Clusters
      • Production of Middle Georgia Innovation Framework and Ecosystem Report
    • Conducting an Innovation Performance and Gap Analysis on Middle Georgia
      • Regional Innovation Benchmarking
      • Analysis of Regional Comparison Case Studies
      • Analysis of Local Innovation Case Studies
      • Production of Middle Georgia Innovation Performance and Gap Analysis Report
    • Convening of 2 Working Groups in areas of Robins Airforce Network and Innovation Ecosystem and Higher Education institutions
    • Production of the final Middle Georgia Innovation Roadmap Report