Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International, the world’s most travelled airport, is arguably the region’s biggest economic asset. It’s directly responsible for more than 64,000 jobs and has an economic impact of more than $34 billion a year.
But the area around the airport, while home to several large corporate headquarters (Delta Air Lines, Chick-fil-A and Porsche Cars North America), has lagged behind the rest of the region economically and has developed without a cohesive strategy.
Consider that Aerotropolis Atlanta’s geographic area (160 square miles) is much larger than that of downtown Atlanta (1.9 square miles), but it is home to only twice as many jobs and includes a good deal of undeveloped land.
The opportunity for growth is substantial.
Recognizing the potential, business and civic leaders worked with the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) to launch the Aerotropolis Atlanta Alliance, a coalition of Fortune 500 companies, local businesses, governments and non-profits with the goal of transforming the airport area into a regional economic powerhouse.
The Aerotropolis Atlanta Alliance recently developed a roadmap for future development, known as the Aerotropolis Atlanta Blueprint. The document, funded by ARC, will be adopted by the Alliance soon.