In this article from Flagpole Magazine, Blake Aued explains how the tech incubator Four Athens got started and how the company has developed over the past year. Aued focuses on a few of the 17 tech startups that Four Athens has helped grow. He discusses how this growth in companies is affecting the downtown development and how the Athens Downtown Development Authority is helping support the process. One of the main goals of of these tech startups, Aued explained, is to encourage students to look for work in Athens after graduation instead of moving somewhere else.
This story is important because of the potential that these companies could have on the downtown economy. After a little more than a year, Four Athens has two downtown locations to house startups. Success in these companies could greatly benefit the economy in Athens, providing more jobs to educated, creative workers. This story is important to any Athens resident who follows business in downtown. It’s also significant to entrepreneurs who might consider Athens as a city to start a business.