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					                                    CityScapes – Atlanta
                                                                                                   Rev 8/6/2010

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Atlanta is the capital and the largest city in the U.S. state of Georgia and the core city of the eighth most
populous United States metropolitan area. Atlanta is a world city that ranks as the 33rd-largest in the
United States. It is the county seat of Fulton County, although a small portion of the city extends into
DeKalb County. Residents of the city are known as Atlantans.

Atlanta has in recent years undergone a transition from a city of regional commerce to a city of
international influence, and has been among the fastest growing cities in the developed world for much of
the 1990s and 2000s. Between 2000 and 2006, the metropolitan area grew by 20.5%, making it the
fastest growing metropolitan area in the nation. The Atlanta Metropolitan Area is the central metropolis of
the Southeastern United States and is also the largest metropolitan area in the emerging megalopolis
known as the Piedmont Atlantic MegaRegion (PAM).

One of eight American cities classified as Beta world cities, Atlanta ranks third in the number of Fortune
500 companies headquartered within city boundaries, behind New York City and Houston. Several major
national and international companies are headquartered in Atlanta or its nearby suburbs, including three
Fortune 100 companies. Over 75% of the Fortune 1000 companies have a presence in the Atlanta area,
and the region hosts offices of about 1,250 multinational corporations. As of 2006 Atlanta Metropolitan
Area ranks as the 10th largest cybercity (high-tech center) in the US, with 126,700 high-tech jobs.

Atlanta has a sizable financial sector. Atlanta is also home to a growing Biotechnology sector, gaining
recognition through such events as the 2009 BIO International Convention. The auto manufacturing
sector in metropolitan Atlanta has suffered setbacks recently, including the planned closure of the
General Motors Doraville Assembly plant in 2008, and the shutdown of Ford Motor Company's Atlanta
Assembly plant in Hapeville in 2006. Kia, however, has broken ground on a new assembly plant near
West Point, Georgia. The city is a major cable television programming center.

Businesses continue to move into the Midtown district. The district's newest tower, 1180 Peachtree,
opened there in 2006 at a height of 645 feet (197 m), and achieved a Leadership in Energy and
Environmental Design (LEED) gold certification that year from the U.S. Green Building Council. Atlanta
has been in the midst of a construction and retail boom, with over 60 new highrise or midrise buildings
either proposed or under construction as of April 19, 2006. October 2005 marked the opening of Atlantic
Station, a former brownfield steel plant site redeveloped into a mixed-use urban district. In early 2006,
Mayor Franklin set in motion a plan to make the 14-block stretch of Peachtree Street in Midtown Atlanta
(nicknamed "Midtown Mile") a street-level shopping destination envisioned to rival Beverly Hills' Rodeo
Drive or Chicago's Magnificent Mile.

 In spite of civic efforts such as the opening of Centennial Olympic Park in downtown in 1996, Atlanta
ranks near last in area of park land per capita among cities of similar population density, with 8.9 acres
(36,000 m2) per thousand residents (36 m²/resident) in 2005. The city has a reputation, however, as a
"city of trees" or a "city in a forest"; beyond the central Atlanta and Buckhead business districts, the
skyline gives way to a sometimes dense canopy of woods that spreads into the suburbs. Founded in
1985, Trees Atlanta has planted and distributed over 68,000 shade trees.

The city's northern district, Buckhead, is eight miles north of downtown Atlanta and features wealthy
neighborhoods, such as Peachtree Battle, Tuxedo Park, and Chastain Park, and is consistently ranked as
one of the most affluent neighborhoods in America. Atlanta's East Side is quickly emerging as an intown
destination as a result of the rapid gentrification it has undergone in the current decade. It boasts hip and
urban neighborhoods with craftsman bungalows, Victorian mansions, and new infill. Some of the more
established neighborhoods include Inman Park, Candler Park, Lake Claire, and Little Five Points. The
more affordable neighborhoods of Kirkwood, Old Fourth Ward, East Atlanta, Cabbagetown,
Reynoldstown and Edgewood also have much to offer. In the city's Southwestern section, Collier Heights
is home for the wealthy and elite African-American population of the city, and features neighborhoods
such as Cascade Heights and Peyton Forest.
Atlanta ranks no. 4 on Kiplinger’s “Smart Places to Live” list and no. 24 on Forbes Magazine’s “Best
Places for Businesses and Careers” 2009 list.

Basic Demographics  ,_GA_MSA#Economy
       Statistical area           Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Gainesville, GA-AL CSA
       Largest cities             Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell-Marietta
       Nickname                   Metro Atlanta
       State                      GA
       2009 Population            5,475,213
       2000 Population            4,247,981
       Population Change          +28.89%

Job Postings
       Atlanta Business Chronicle
       Atlanta Career Path
       Atlanta Daily World
       Atlanta Job Post
       Atlanta Jobs Online
       Atlanta Journal-Constitution Classifieds
       Atlanta’s Preferred Jobs
       Career Board
       Craigslist
       Employment Guide
       Georgia Careers
       Job Hunt
       Jobing
       Kijiji Free Local Classifieds

Temp Agencies
       ACSYS
       Adecco USA Inc
       Employment Atlanta
       Manpower
       Robert Half International Inc
       Spherion
       Talagy: Talent in Action
       The Creative Group

Job Fairs
       Atlanta Workforce Development Agency
       Job News Job Fair
       National Career Fairs
       Women for Hire Career Expos

Business Clubs/Professional Organizations
       American Marketing Association
       Atlanta Ad Club
       Atlanta Economics Club
       Atlanta Executive Network (for GLBT)
       Atlanta Jaycees
       Atlanta Metropolitan Black Chamber of Commerce
       Black Data Processing Associates
       Black Star City Leaders Club
       Buckhead Club
       Business Marketing Association
       Chi Atlanta
       Financial Executives International Atlanta Chapter
       Financial Planning Association
      Georgia Association of Public Accountants
      Georgia Department of Economic Development
      Georgia Society of CPA’s
      Georgian Club
      Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce
      National Association of Black Accountants
      National Black MBA Association
      National Society of Hispanic MBAs
      Project Management Institute Atlanta Chapter
      Rotary Club of Atlanta
      Society for Marketing Professional Services
      Technology Association of Georgia

Periodicals for Business and City-life Interest
      Access Atlanta
      Art Papers
      Atlanta Business Chronicle
      Atlanta Business Chronicle Book of Lists
      Atlanta City Guide,1663,FINE_10778_30940,00.html
      Atlanta City Visitors Guide
      Atlanta Jewish Times
      Atlanta Journal-Constitution (major daily newspaper)
      Atlanta Magazine
      Atlanta Travel Guide
      City Search
      City’s Best
      Fodor’s Atlanta Travel Guide
      Frommer’s Guide to Atlanta
      Jezebel
      List of media in Atlanta
      Newcome Magazine
      Stomp and Stammer
      Sunday Paper

Living Information
      A&A Apartment Locators
      America Housing
      Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau
      Atlanta Police Department
      Atlanta Relocation Guide
      City of Atlanta online
      Cost of Living
      Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL)
      Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA)
      Open Table Restaurant Reservations
      Zagat’s Ratings

Fastest Growing Companies
      Inc Magazine Fastest-Growing Private Businesses list
           o Astadia Consulting
           o Atlanta Pediatric Therapy
           o Aviation Network Services
           o Bias Corp
           o BroadSource
           o Convention Models & Talent
           o Culpepper & Associates Security Services
           o GWL Construction
           o   Infosurv
           o   Insight Global
           o   LEVEL 5
           o   Nfinity
           o   Salient Mobility
           o   Search Wizards
           o   SEI- Atlanta
           o   Solusia
           o   Summit Tech Consulting
           o   Sunray Enterprise
           o   The Capital Co.

Best Companies to Work For
      Fortune 2010 list
           o Alston & Bird
           o Bright Horizons Family Solutions
           o CarMax
           o Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta
           o QuikTrip
      Working Mother 2008 list
           o Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta
           o Turner Broadcasting System
           o WellStar Health System

Companies with New or Relocated Facilities 2001-2008
      AirTran Airways
      Arby’s LLC
      Catlin Insurance
      Computer Generated Solutions
      Cooper Lighting
      Del Monte Foods
      Fidelity & Guaranty Life
      General Protecht US Inc
      Habitat for Humanity International
      Hapag Lloyd
      Internap Network Services
      Kumho Tire
      Life Therapeutics
      Merial
      Mueller Water Products
      National Museum of Health
      New York Life
      Newell Rubbermaid
      Newell Rubbermaid
      Novelis
      O’Reilly Automotive
      Petco Animal Supplies
      Philips Medical Systems
      Scheider National
      Spectrum Brands (formerly Rayovac)
      Suniva
      Travelport
      WiPro Technologies
      Woodgrain Distribution

Largest Companies
Many businesses were founded or have their corporate headquarters or have major offices in Atlanta or
the surrounding metro area. The following is a list of the most notable.
   Acuity Brands
   AGCO Corporation (in Duluth)
   AGL Resources
   American Cancer Society
   Arby's
   Arke Systems
   AT&T Mobility
   Atlantis Plastics
   Beazer Homes USA
   Bell South
   BlueLinx Holdings
   Cbeyond
   Centers for Disease Control (Government)
   CNN
   Chick-fil-A
   ChoicePoint (in Alpharetta)
   The Coca-Cola Company
   Coca-Cola Enterprises
   Cox Communications
   Delta Air Lines
   Earthlink
   Equifax
   Emory University
   GE Energy
   General Motors
   Genuine Parts
   Georgia Gulf
   Georgia Institute of Technology
   Georgia-Pacific
   Gold Kist
   Havertys
   Hewlett‐Packard
   Home Depot (in Vinings)
   Hooters of America, Inc
   Infosurv
   Intercontinental Exchange (ICE)
   InterContinental Hotels Group (Americas Headquarters)
   Lockheed Martin Aeronautics (in Marietta)
   Mariner Health Care
   Mirant
   Newell Rubbermaid
   Northside Hospital
   Novelis
   Oldcastle
   Pilgrims Pride
   Rollins/Orkin
   Russell Corporation (Dual headquarters in Alexander City, Alabama and Vinings, Georgia)
   Scientific-Atlanta (in Lawrenceville, Georgia)
   Servigistics
   Southern Company
   Spectrum Brands (formerly Rayovac)
   SunTrust Bank
   Turner Broadcasting
   UPS (in Sandy Springs)
   Waffle House (in Norcross, Georgia)
   The Weather Channel (in Vinings)
   WB Johnson International
   World Airways (in Peachtree City)

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