GBPI’s Executive Director Named as One of the “100 Most Influential Georgians”

For Immediate Release

ATLANTA (January 6, 2012) – For a second time, Georgia Trend magazine has named Alan Essig, executive director of Georgia Budget and Policy Institute, as one of the “100 Most Influential Georgians.”

The influential business magazine recently released the 14th edition of the 100 Most Influential Georgians, which includes some of Georgia’s most powerful players from elected officials to business and community leaders. According to Georgia Trend, the individuals named are selected for the power and influence they wield and are the people who affect the lives and livelihood of all Georgians in one way or another.

As head of the independent, nonpartisan institute, Essig leads the effort to help lawmakers – and all Georgians – make sense of the state’s tax and budget policies and find ways to make improvements. He’s an advocate of solutions that further a more transparent, fair and modern tax system that benefits Georgians.

– Excerpt from the Georgia Trends magazine, January 2012

Essig has used his experience and understanding of state government to establish GPBI as the leading nonpartisan, public policy think tank in the state of Georgia. He is a well-regarded tax and budget expert throughout the state of Georgia, having served as a trusted resource for policymakers, members of the media and civic groups.

The 100 Most Influential Georgians list also includes several of the panelist for GBPI’s upcoming policy conference:

  • Rep. Stacey Abrams, House Minority Leader, Georgia General Assembly
  • Dr. Ricardo Azziz, President, Georgia Health Sciences University and CEO, Georgia Health Sciences Health System
  • C. Michael Cassidy , President/CEO Georgia Research Alliance

For more information on the Georgia Budget and Policy Institute, visit

Click here for the complete listing of Georgia Trend’s 100 Most Influential Georgians.

Media Contact:
Utoia Wooten
404.420.1324 ext. 109

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