For decades, boosters in Atlanta have touted it as “the next great international city.” Metro Atlanta has made significant strides, but anyone who has been to New York, London or Paris knows that substantial work lies ahead. But there is good news: Georgia may be on a path to a notable status, that of a “global hub.”
What does this mean? The great Japanese strategist, Kenichi Ohmae, argued that in the 21st-century global economy, national economies matter less; instead, the relevant units are what he terms “region-states.” According to Ohmae, a region-state can be part of one nation or even span parts of nations (e.g. a Vancouver-Seattle region).