About the Alliance for Innovation and Sustainability (AIS)

The Alliance for Innovation and Sustainability (AIS) brings partners from across business, local government, and academia together to promote sustainable business practices in Northwest Georgia. AIS began as part of the Northwest Georgia region’s Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership (IMCP) program, an initiative of the U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration. AIS formed from an IMCP working group focused on developing research, innovation, and sustainability projects in the region. With industry leadership at the table, the working group soon took on a life of its own and became its own organization, modeled after the West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum.

AIS now includes corporations, academics, and community leaders—all working to make Northwest Georgia a hub for sustainable innovation in advanced manufacturing. Its mission is to promote innovative and sustainable business practices that encompass the environment, the economy and social responsibility.

AIS Activities

AIS provides a neutral platform and networking space to share best practices in sustainability and innovation. Its most recent successes include working with IMCP to launch the “Laddered Pathways in Advanced Manufacturing Careers” program, located on the Northwest Georgia College and Career Academy in Dalton, co-located with Georgia Northwestern Technical College.  AIS serves as the fiscal agent for the program. The goal of the approach is to give students a positive learning atmosphere that promotes careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM), and provide a solid foundation to build and sustain the region’s advanced manufacturing workforce.

AIS regularly hosts “Lunch and Learns” that include a presentation on industry-relevant topics in sustainability and innovation, designed to spur discussion and generate new ideas. Topics range from process improvement, to developing sustainable business practices, to growing a business while reducing its carbon footprint.  Lunch and Learn events are open to the public (the cost of admission includes lunch).

AIS typically hosts Lunch and Learns on the third Thursday of every other month from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm at the James E. Brown Center, located off College Drive on the north end of the Dalton State College campus. Check the Floor360 events calendar for details about upcoming Lunch and Learns:

AIS Founding Members

Cargill  CRI  DaltonUtilitiesSmall  DSC

 engineeredfloors  JJInd Small  EI2 Logo

Mohawk-Industries  NWGRDC logo  floor360_logo 

shawlogo  TandusCentivaLogo

AIS Membership

While the organization is focused on the opportunities for manufacturing companies within the region, the input of others within the region is critical to its success.  For this reason, AIS has two membership levels to encourage participation.

  • Full
    • Manufacturing companies within the northwest Georgia region
    • Voting rights
    • Can serve on the Board of Directors
    • Annual dues $1000
  • Associate
    • Non-manufacturing which includes academia and services
    • No voting rights
    • Can serve on the Board of Directors
    • Annual dues $500

Upcoming Lunch and Learn


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Past AIS Lunch and Learn Presentations

7/21/2016 – Hydrogen Fuel Cell Advantage – Alex Saucedo, Director of Sales, Plug Power

7/21/2016 – Opportunities with Compressed Natural Gas – Steve Josephs, PE, Co-founder and Director of Engineering, ampCNG

1/28/2016 – Journey Toward Zero Waste – Joel Murphy, Mohawk Industries

1/28/2016 – How J+J Achieved Zero Waste to Landfill Certification – Russ DeLozier, Director of Environmental Innovation, J+J Flooring Group

Learn More About AIS 

AIS is looking for businesses, communities, and academic institutions in Northwest Georgia to become part of the team! If you have an idea about supporting sustainability and innovation in Northwest Georgia, are interested in becoming an AIS member, or are just looking for more information, please contact us!

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