Experts to Discuss Impact and Future of Tourism at Kennesaw State Forum


KENNESAW, Georgia | Sep 26, 2022

Georgia’s more than $50 billion tourism industry will be the topic of Kennesaw State University’s first Campus Community Forum at 10 a.m. on Sept. 29.

Panelists Leonard Jackson, Director of KSU’s Hotel Management Program, Kim Franz, Director of Programs and Events for Cobb Travel & Tourism, and Dale Kaetzel, Park Chairman for Six Flags Over Georgia will discuss the challenges and future of an industry that currently supports more than 410,000 jobs statewide.

The Campus to Community forum is a new series developed by KSU’s Office of Economic Development and Community Engagement to bring together academic and industry experts to engage in dialogue on some of the state’s most pressing topics.

“As Georgia’s economy continues to grow, it’s critical to connect what happens on our campuses to the communities we serve,” said Associate Vice President for Economic Development Tyler Reinagel. “Innovation and research will continue to change the face of Georgian industries, and KSU is well placed to contribute to this. Campus-to-community forums will help us connect this work with partners across sectors and industries. »

Future discussions focus on:

Housing, November 7 – An essential part of the economy, whatever the sector or industry. With rapid growth in Cobb County and the Atlanta metro area, leaders have had to adapt to unique challenges and work toward long-term regional solutions.

Community Improvement Districts, February 9 – CIDs are a type of business improvement district widely used in the Atlanta metro area. CIDs are voluntary self-imposed districts, with commercial and industrial property owners making additional investments in infrastructure, parks and transportation.

Small Business Development, April 25 – Businesses with fewer than 300 employees or less than $30 million in annual revenue in Georgia are a priority in the economic development plans of Cobb County, Metro Atlanta and the State of Georgia. There are many resources available to connect KSU’s research and innovation ecosystem to the broader economy.

Reinagel said the topics for the campus-to-community forums were selected based on feedback from business partners in Metro Atlanta and Northwest Georgia.

The community is invited, free of charge, to view the program live on

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