A strong, growing economy is essential to the success of any region. To ensure that metro Atlanta’s economy remains thriving and competitive into the future, the region must take steps to become a globally recognized hub of innovation and prosperity. The region also must also invest in its greatest resource, its people, to develop a highly educated and skilled workforce that is able to meet the needs of 21st century employers.


Building the region as a globally recognized hub of innovation and prosperity

Over the last few decades, logistics, hospitality, information technology and life sciences have blossomed in the Atlanta region. Incentivizing start-up opportunities and local business development and expanding successful ventures will ensure continued prosperity. The Atlanta Region’s Plan seeks to further improve the region’s economic viability by preserving access to key intermodal freight facilities and by advancing policies that make the region more attractive to business.

The Region’s Plan policies support equitable access to digital infrastructure, such as high speed internet, to ensure all parts of the region can attract new employers and allow for innovation. The Atlanta Region’s Plan also encourages developing and enhancing existing and emerging employment centers, which serve as the backbone of the region’s economy, through improvements in transportation and land use.


Developing a highly educated and skilled workforce, able to meet the needs of 21st century employers

Having a well-trained workforce is critical to remaining competitive in the global 21st century economy. To that end, a regional approach to workforce development is essential. We must improve coordination between educators, workforce organizations, employers and government. This approach ensures every student’s educational success and equitable access to opportunities, career training and skill development.