Updated: Jan 22, 2020
What’s the buzz with Atlanta? What is driving economic development in this city, and why should we be paying attention?
Atlanta is the third fastest growing metro region in the nation, now weighing in at almost 5 million people. Jump started by a reinvestment in downtown Atlanta for the 1996 Summer Olympics, the growth we see today has made the city home to startups and Fortune 500 companies including Mailchimp, Home Depot, UPS, and Delta. Atlanta boasts the world’s busiest airport, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, which contributes to the city’s business-friendly character. The city is an important enclave for black business owners and entrepreneurs: 31% of metro area businesses are black-owned. Flagship initiatives like the Aerotropolis and the Atlanta BeltLine are bringing new life and economic vigor through creative new partnerships, business models, and comprehensive master plans designed to support the vitality of Atlanta’s residents and industries.