How the Payments Industry Is Driving Atlanta Forward

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November 17, 2015

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Offices of Arnall Golden Gregory LLP            
171 17th Street NW, Suite 2100
Atlanta, Georgia 30363

Atlanta’s strength is in its economic diversity, but the lack of a signature industry cluster can give the impression that it doesn’t lead any one area.

The city’s Payments Processing industry shows that’s a myth. “Transaction Alley,” a newly labeled corridor of companies that move 70 percent of electronic payments in the U.S., is worth more than 30,000 jobs to Georgia and is driving growth across the city.

Midtown’s innovation hub is burgeoning with the arrival of giants like Worldpay and NCR and upstarts like ParkMobile. Payments also sits at the intersection other strategic tech sectors: mobility, cybersecurity and health care IT. This all comes at a time when the smartphone revolutionizes how payments and e-commerce work.

Join Global Atlanta, Arnall Golden Gregory and the American Transaction Processors Coalition for a morning program and lunch exploring the biggest industry sector you’ve never heard about.

You will:

  • Explore the anatomy of a payment transaction
  • Hear why Worldpay moved to Midtown and how it approaches innovation
  • Learn how fintech fits into Atlanta’s plans
  • Gauge the industry’s international opportunity


  • Peter Forbes, Senior Vice President, WorldPay 
  • Blake Patton, Managing Partner, Tech Square Ventures 
  • Grant Wainscott, Director, Technology Industry Expansion, Metro Atlanta Chamber

Full program:
11:15 a.m. – Panel 1: Payments 101

Edward Marshall will provide a “day in the life” overview of a payment card transaction, including the interaction between the various players in the payments ecosystem, and H. West Richards will discuss what’s being done to coalesce the payments ecosystem in Georgia.

11:45 a.m. – Transition to Lunch and Panel 2: Paying Atlanta Forward

Experts from the industry will share their insights regarding the history and future of the payments market in Atlanta, the payments systems’ nexus to the global economy, and how the payments industry is driving Atlanta’s tech renaissance, particularly in creating a tech/innovation hub in Midtown. Moderated by Trevor Williams of Global Atlanta.

12:45 p.m. – The Regulatory Landscape Impacting the Payments Industry

Edward Marshall and H. West Richards will discuss regulatory challenges and opportunities on the horizon that impact Atlanta’s payments industry and have the potential to shape the payments market in the coming years

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