Network brings tech programs to Northside

Inaugural event May 8



ALPHARETTA, Ga. – There are 600 technology companies within the borders of Alpharetta and a further 300 only a short distance from it. Alpharetta is making strides to claim the title of “Technology City of the South.”

However, much of the regional technology conferences and events are still centered on downtown Atlanta.

“We all share the same challenge, trying to get to some excellent programming in downtown or in Buckhead,” said Karen Cashion.

While there may be quality programs available downtown, it can be a trial for a worker in the northern suburbs to make it downtown for a 7 p.m. event.

“There was a need for more programming,” she said.

Cashion decided to bring some of that energy and programming back up north by starting the Greater Alpharetta Tech Network (GATN).

“I was hearing from technology companies that there is not a lot of programming on the north side of town,” Cashion said.

For the initial year, Cashion said she plans to have an event once a quarter. After that, more networking and programming will be planned.

Atlanta Tech Village founder and serial tech entrepreneur David Cummings will speak about creating a community of innovation at the official launch of the Greater Alpharetta Tech Network (GATN) on Thursday, May 8, at the Metropolitan Club on Windward Parkway.

Before founding Atlanta Tech Village, the largest technology entrepreneur center in the Southeast, Cummings was co-founder at Pardot, a B2B marketing automation company that was acquired by ExactTarget in 2012. Months later, ExactTarget was acquired by for $2.5 billion.

GATN’s launch event is complimentary, and all technology company executives and their professionals are invited to register. Cashion said membership in GATN is limited to technology executives, chambers, nonprofits and elected officials.

If you go

Greater Alpharetta Tech Network

5:30 p.m. May 8

The Metropolitan Club on Windward Parkway

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MH 04-23-14

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