By Ryan Esparza, CIO, Jackson Healthcare and Tech Alpharetta Board Member

As members of Tech Alpharetta, we understand and support its mission of helping grow technology and innovation in our community, which today is more than 700 tech organizations strong. From its start-up incubator—an innovation center that’s home to over 50 technology companies—to thought leadership and networking functions, Tech Alpharetta provides an array of opportunities for the local technology community to connect and collaborate.

Incubation is a pretty straight-forward concept. In the technology world, incubators assist start-ups and early-stage tech entrepreneurs by providing access to programs, resources, mentoring, office workspace, shared facilities and even business support services, for example. While this concept is alive and well, it is, of course, not restricted to the tech industry alone.

In fact, there are some rather innovative initiatives taking place all around our community.

Jackson Healthcare has an example of how it’s taken a different form.

Located in the heart of Alpharetta, Jackson Healthcare is a family of highly specialized healthcare staffing, search and technology companies that connect around a shared mission: to improve the delivery of patient care and the lives of everyone it touches. Beyond the core business, it takes a unique, integrated approach to what it calls community impact, where it focuses on doing good business, while caring for the greater good.

Earlier this year and stemming from its “LoveLifts” community impact platform, the organization launched something brand new: LoveLifts Village—an out-of-the box environment that represents another great example of innovation and growth at work in our community.

The vision behind LoveLifts Village was to create an environment that fosters a sense of community for local area non-profit organizations in search of flexible, affordable office and co-working space in a professional work setting. Here, they can continue to advance their mission of serving others in a space that enables them to foster collaboration, share ideas and exchange best practices among mission-driven organizations dedicated to improving the lives of others. LoveLifts Village, located on Jackson Healthcare’s Alpharetta campus, officially welcomed its first non-profits in early 2019 and continues to expand.

Just as Tech Alpharetta set up a model to help early-stage technology companies grow, Jackson Healthcare has created a model of its own kind that employs similar concepts—that of helping qualified, local-area non-profit organizations extend their reach and further their missions. Both mark great examples of innovation at work, and the power of investing, growing and serving others … right in our own backyard.

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