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Dan Cathy: Fayette needs ‘cool factor’

Dan Cathy speaks at Fayette Forward 2016. (Staff Photo by Danny Harrison)

Hundreds of local business, government, and community leaders are gathered inside Studio 8 at Pinewood Atlanta Studios In Fayetteville today participating in Fayette Forward 2016, a daylong meeting centered on shaping the community to retain and attract millennials.
Chick-fil-A President and CEO Dan Cathy, a heavy investor in the Pinewood Atlanta project, opened the morning with two admonitions: for leaders to embrace the truths found in the Bible; and for them to work on their “cool factor”.
Cathy said trying to understand youthful thinking is key for Fayette to move forward.
“If you’ve lost your cool factor, you’re going to have to work hard to regain it,” Cathy said.
Guest speakers and panelists include Georgia Tech President Bud Peterson, Greenville, South Carolina Mayor Knox White, and Dhiru Thadani, an architect involed with the coastal town of Seaside, Florida.
Pinewood Atlanta Studios developer Jim Pace has said that the neighboring Pinewood Forrest community, to be built across the street from the studio campus, will be “Seaside on steroids.”
Read more about Fayette Forward 2016 here at www.Fayette-News.com and in our Wednesday print editions.

By Danny Harrison

Danny Harrison, a 1992 Fayette High School graduate, began his journalism career with Fayette County News in 1995. After taking several leaves of absence to pursue journalism and Christian ministry opportunities, including a few out of state and overseas, he returned full-time to Fayette County News in August 2014. Harrison earned a bachelor's degree in pastoral ministry in 2009 while serving as a missionary journalist in England and Western Europe.