Atlanta, the capital and most populous city in Georgia, is the ninth largest metro in the United States with over 5.9 million residents.
It prides itself on
its low business costs, tax-friendly environment, diverse economy, and superb quality of life.
Atlanta has the third highest concentration of Fortune 500 headquarters in the U.S., and over 75% of the Fortune 1000 conduct business in the Atlanta Metropolitan Area.
It is considered an “alpha” or “world city” with a gross domestic product of $270 billion.
The city’s continuous growth is expected to continue with recently executed or announced corporate relocations such as UPS, Mercedes-Benz, NCR, Honeywell, and General Electric.
Atlanta has also become a mega center for movie production, due to tax credits implemented in 2008.
Atlanta houses several of the top higher education institutions in the United States including the Georgia Institute of Technology, Emory University, Georgia State University, Spelman College, Morehouse College, Oglethorpe University, Clark Atlanta University, and Kennesaw State
The city is thriving with technological innovation, earning the undisputed title of the “Silicon Valley of the South,” much of which is attributed to the growth of Georgia Tech’s “Technology Square” or “Tech Square.” Tech Square is home of the Advanced
Technology Development Center (ATDC), which is a science and business incubator with over 100 companies including AT&T, Boeing, Chick-fil-A, Coca-Cola, Delta Air Lines, The Home Depot, NCR, Panasonic, Siemens, Southern Co., ThyssenKrupp, and numerous other major corporations.
Forbes named the ATDC as one of its “Incubators Changing the World” in 2010 and 2013.
Anthem, a major insurance company, recently announced plans to anchor a 21-story office tower in Tech Square, a hub for an estimated 3,000 IT jobs.
Attractions in Atlanta include the largest aquarium in the western hemisphere, the CNN Center, the Fox Theatre, the King Center and the new $1.5 billion home of the Atlanta Falcons football franchise, Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is the world’s busiest, making the city a hub for business and tourism travelers alike.