Maintain the Region’s Current Success in Existing and Emerging Employment Sectors

Over the last few decades, logistics, hospitality, information technology and life sciences have blossomed in the Atlanta region. Incentivizing start-up opportunities, local business development and expansion of successful ventures will ensure continued prosperity. The 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.



Metro Atlanta is a dynamic and thriving region that competes globally for business and talent. Maintaining and growing the region’s economy requires collaboration across business sectors and political boundaries.

The Atlanta Regional Economic Competitiveness Strategy is bringing these diverse interests together to create a stronger Atlanta region with an economy that is sustainable well into the future. This effort is being implemented by hundreds of volunteers across the region who are working in four committees:

Downtown Atlanta

Developing an Educated Workforce

Goal: Improving K-12 education and helping more of the region’s youth graduate from high school and obtain technical certificates or college diplomas.

Why: Fewer than 70 percent of students in the Atlanta region graduate from high school, and many of those who are graduating are unprepared for today’s job market.

Supporting Innovative Entrepreneurs

Goal:Making metro Atlanta a more nurturing and attractive environment for entrepreneurs by trying to attract venture capital while creating a network of support for start-ups.

Growing Prosperous Businesses

Goal: Better connecting employers with local education institutions, promoting the Atlanta region as an attractive place for companies looking to relocate, and advancing public policy that supports economic competitiveness.

Why: The competition for employers that are looking to expand or relocate is fierce. A collaborative effort is needed to ensure that the Atlanta region remains one of the nation’s premier employment centers.

Developing Healthy, Livable Communities

Goal: Attracting and retaining an educated workforce by improving the region’s quality of life – such as walkability, mobility, and access to parks to culture.

Why: Many young professionals are looking to settle in vibrant, pedestrian-friendly areas that offer access to transit options to avoid long car commutes.



Metro Atlanta is the largest freight market in the southeast. Freight traffic volume in the Atlanta region is expected to increase significantly in the next 25 years, driven by the rapid growth in international trade and the expansion of the Port of Savannah.

To fully capture the benefits that increased trade can provide, metro Atlanta must continue to maintain its position as the Southeast’s logistics hub through the development of safe multi-modal solutions that build new capacity for freight traffic and increase the efficiency of existing freight infrastructure. ARC’s updated freight plan is expected to be complete in early 2016.

  • I-75 near Bethlehem Road in Henry County – new interchange
  • I-285 West at I-20 in Fulton County – interchange reconfiguration
  • I-85 at Amlajack Boulevard Extension in Coweta County – new interchange
  • I-85 at Gravel Springs Road in Gwinnett County – new interchange
  • I-85 at SR 75 in Fulton County – interchange reconfiguration
  • SR 6 (Thornton Road) in Douglas County – congestion reduction and traffic flow improvements
  • Sigman Road in Rockdale County – roadway capacity and intersection improvement
Freight traffic on the Downtown Connector

Freight traffic on the Downtown Connector

 It is the policy of ARC to:

  • Maintain and improve the economic viability and accessibility of key intermodal freight facilities
  • Continue to grow the region as a top market for academic research, innovation, and commercialization
  • Encourage start-up opportunities, local business development and expansion by improving access to capital and incentives
  • Coordinate efforts to promote Metro Atlanta as a place to live, work, visit and do business
  • Advance public policies that make the entire region more attractive and
    competitive for business