The City of Atlanta’s Annual Aglanta Conference Announces New Theme & 2018 Dates
Agritecture is absolutely ecstatic to announce that the Aglanta Conference is officially returning to the Georgia Railroad Freight Depot for a second year. Slated for March 26 - 28, Aglanta 2018 is sure to repeat the success of the inaugural year and solidify itself among the most compelling annual conferences on the calendar.
Last year’s inaugural Aglanta Conference saw over 270 attendees join together for intimate and invaluable discussions. Highlights from the conference included a widely viewed panel on the three largest shuttered vertical farms in North America, as well as a standing ovation for the keynote speech by Stephen Ritz.
Aglanta 2018 will build on the brand’s prior success with a new twist, Smart Ag for Smart Cities. While exact event scheduling will be announced in the coming months, Aglanta 2018 attendees can expect the programming’s theme to focus on agriculture’s role in the smart city of the future. “We’ve attended too many smart cities conferences that completely forgot to discuss food production,” says Agritecture’s founder Henry Gordon Smith, “So we decided to make Aglanta the smart ag for smart cities conference.”
With ample case studies from the Southeastern US, the conference will cover issues across the spectrum of urban agriculture business models and technologies. Aglanta 2018 will spotlight local champions already doing incredible work growing food as means of ecological restoration, social cohesion, cultural preservation, economic development, and biopharmaceutical development. The conference will also highlight why Atlanta is the perfect location for smart agribusiness to set root.
“The City of Atlanta is home to a business-friendly environment, innovative technology resources, and thought-leaders in the burgeoning urban agriculture industry,” explains the city’s Urban Agriculture Director Mario Cambardella, “Four-seasons, available land opportunities, and aggressive population growth projections coupled with the quality of life benefits the City of Atlanta offers create the ideal setting for enterprises and entrepreneurs to excel.”
Furthermore, Southern Company, the nation’s 2nd largest utility company, will again be a banner sponsor for the Aglanta Conference. Southern Company believes that locally sourced produce is not only healthier and more sustainable, but also that it can also be highly marketable and lucrative. Thus, Southern Company and the Mayor’s Office of Atlanta are proud to recognize and support the positive health and community outcomes from this budding industry.
Agritecture is elated to invite our industry colleagues to this gathering. We invite you to showcase your urban and controlled environment agriculture (CEA) innovations to the Aglanta audience via the available sponsorship and exhibition offerings.
Please follow us @Agritecture on social media for ticket sales announcements, and please contact Andrew@agritecture.com to receive sponsorship and exhibiting information.