Ensure that Our Existing and Emerging Employment Centers Support Innovation and Balance Job Growth and Economic Development

The Atlanta Region’s Plan supports balanced growth throughout the region. Economically prosperous innovative regions are not created by accident, but are instead designed. The Atlanta Region’s Plan policies support equitable access to digital infrastructure, like 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.



Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is the busiest airport in the world. As such, it is not just a driver of the region’s economy, it is arguably the region’s biggest economic asset.

The area around the airport is home to several large corporate headquarters (Delta Air Lines, Chick-fil-A and Porsche Cars North America), but the market has often lagged the rest of the region and has developed without a cohesive strategy or overall identity.

The Atlanta Aerotropolis Alliance aims to change this by transforming the airport area into a world-class Aerotropolis, making the area more attractive to international corporations, logistics companies and others that can benefit from proximity to the world’s busiest airport. The Alliance, which includes businesses, local governments, nonprofits and other interested parties, is developing a Blueprint to help foster and guide development in the area.

  • There is tremendous untapped opportunity for economic development near the airport
  • Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) is the busiest airport in the world and is directly responsible for more than 63,000 jobs and $32.5 billion to the region’s economy
  • Approximately 180,000 people are employed within the Aerotropolis Alliance area
  • More than 250,000 passengers and 2,000 metric tons of freight pass through ATL daily, and in 2015 it became the first airport in the world to serve 100 million passengers in one year
  • Between 2010-2030, global air travel – both passenger and cargo – is expected to almost triple
  • ATL is within a 2-hour flight of 80 percent of the U.S. population
  • More than 50 percent of Fortune 500 corporate headquarters are located within 10 miles of U.S. hub airports
  • Porsche Cars North America is a high-profile international company that has chosen the airport area for its North American headquarters. Others will follow suit if given the right opportunities
  • Chick-fil-A Foundation
  • Delta Air Lines
  • Duke Realty
  • Georgia Power
  • Invest Atlanta
  • Porsche Cars North America
  • SunTrust Bank
  • Airport Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Airport West Community Improvement District
  • City of College Park
  • City of East Point
  • City of Hapeville
  • Clayton County
  • Clayton County Chamber of Commerce
  • Development Authority of Clayton County
  • Fulton County
  • Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport
  • Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce
  • South Fulton Chamber of Commerce
  • Woodward Academy

What is an Aerotropolis?

Major airports are powerful engines of local and global economic development, and airport-related businesses often cluster around these important hubs. This clustering has made today’s airports anchors of 21st century metropolitan development, where travelers and locals alike can conduct business, exchange knowledge, shop and be entertained, all within a few minutes of the airport. This new urban form is known as an Aerotropolis.

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport

 It is the policy of ARC to:

  • Fully leverage economic generators through planning, partnerships and investments
  • Support communities to achieve higher levels of investment and development in line with their local vision
  • Promote transit and active transportation modes to improve access
  • Promote equity of access to digital infrastructure like high speed internet
  • Support diverse housing options
  • Support engagement of a rapidly growing older workforce