Savannah, often referred to as “America’s First Planned City,” was designed by General James Oglethorpe and his engineers in the 1700s in a repeating grid of varying block styles that included six public squares, which were used for public services and as meeting places. As such, the history of design in Savannah dates back hundreds of years.
Capitalizing on its legacy, Savannah offers a thriving support ecosystem that includes the Savannah Economic Development Authority (SEDA), Savannah College of Art and Design, The Creative Coast, the Georgia Center of Innovation for Logistics, the Technology Association of Georgia, the Advanced Technology Development Center (ATDC) Savannah and other organizations. The Creative Coast and SEDA partnered together in 2014 to establish the Creators’ Foundry, a historic 16,000-square-foot former industrial warehouse facility that now serves as a vibrant center for innovation and entrepreneurial activity.
Working with the SEDA, Boyette provided strategic direction related to the historic success of the city’s Creative Design and Technologies Sector. This included conducting an economic impact analysis of hypothetical film/television/entertainment projects, developed in coordination with SEDA, which shows the potential long-term benefit of attracting additional projects to the area, and development of specific incentives targeted to the Creative Design and Technologies sector.
Boyette also examined the competitive landscape related to other targeted sectors, and suggested an enhanced incentive policy to meet today’s economic development environment.