Leigh Hopkins is a Senior Project Manager with the Center for Economic Development Research (CEDR) at Georgia Tech’s Enterprise Innovation Institute (EI²). Ms. Hopkins transfers her expertise in economic development data research and analysis into practical solutions to complex community problems, and helps create competitive climates for communities and businesses to grow and thrive. She currently manages the Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership (IMCP) initiative for the 15‐county Northwest Georgia region, and the development and implementation of the region’s first Advanced Manufacturing Strategy. She also comanages a project to gauge the feasibility of developing an “innovation neighborhood” in Atlanta’s economically challenged Westside to spur collisions between industry and academia that will create the environment for technological innovation and new partnerships. Interested in the sustainability of the growing Georgia manufacturing sector, Ms. Hopkins has assessed the feasibility of creating a Leadership in Energy and Environment Design (LEED)‐standard industrial parks across the Southeast. Other interests include using ArcGIS to visually convey the impact of firm attrition, job growth, zoning regulations, and economic incentives on communities. She also organizes and leads the Georgia Tech Basic Economic Development Course (BEDC), approaching its 50th year, accredited through the International Economic Development Council (IEDC). Ms. Hopkins is an active member of the American Planning Association (APA)/Georgia Planning Association (GPA) and has held an American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) certification since 2010. She participates in regular professional development courses through membership with IEDC and GPA, and is also an active member of the Georgia Economic Development Association (GEDA). Ms. Hopkins holds a Bachelor’s degree in Forest Resources from the University of Georgia, and a Master’s degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology in City and Regional Planning.