The Savannah Economic Development Authority's mission is to help create, grow and attract job opportunities and investment to the Savannah region.
A part of our stewardship of that mission is to continue to develop and invest in our region - growing our pillar industries and developing new ones. With that focus in mind, SEDA has commissioned AngelouEconomics, an economic development consulting firm, to work with the SEDA team to produce a Competitive Positioning, Target Industry Economic Development Strategy and Action Plan - or as we are calling it - Propel Savannah.
This plan, which will be released in early 2019, will give SEDA and our community a road map to leverage our assets and help us reach our economic growth and diversification goals. It will also give us a competitive assessment of the region and identify target industries that have the greatest potential to foster strong economic growth into the future.
This isn’t the first time that SEDA has undertaken such an effort. In 2011, SEDA partnered with SRI International on a similar study. For example, a portion of that study identified entertainment production as a potential industry of growth. SEDA convened a committee of local industry experts who suggested several ways SEDA could be proactive in developing a sustainable film and television industry in the region. SEDA, along with the City of Savannah, Chatham County and others then developed and implemented a strategic plan to grow the entertainment production industry which in 2017 had an economic impact of $138 million, a growth of 258% since we got started in 2014.
Throughout the months of July and August, we sought the community’s help to develop a new comprehensive plan. AngelouEconomics conducted one-on-one interviews and focus groups including representatives of local and state government, regional businesses, educational institutions and other key stakeholders. We also conducted an online community survey. This is was an important way for anyone who was interested to submit their feedback and ideas. If you missed the survey and would still like to provide input, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Below is a graphic that illustrates the phases of developing the Propel Savannah strategic plan. Currently in phase 2, Competitive Positioning Analysis and phase 3, Target Industry Analysis.
This website will be updated as the study progresses, so check back often. If you would like to be added to our email list, please email us at email@example.com. We look forward to updating the community regularly on the progress and sharing a final plan in 2019