Why Atlanta?

Diverse and Booming

Hands down, Atlanta, Georgia is the mega city of the Southeast. In the few years leading up to 1996, the city scrambled to ready itself for the onslaught of international visitors– the inevitable collateral of the ‘96 Olympic Games, a lucrative bid won by the city. The Games drew many people that settled and never left. Certainly it put an international spot light on a vibrant southern city. Since then there has been a non-stop boom in everything from big business and industry to hot real estate and higher education. Some of the larger companies that claim large chunks of downtown Atlanta include leading companies such as Home Depot, Coca Cola, and UPS. Colleges and universities include Georgia State, Emory University, Morehouse and Spelman Colleges, and Georgia Tech, to name just a few.

The tourism business is on the rise in Atlanta. The city has spent millions creating a more user-friendly city—the World of Coca Cola, Underground Atlanta, Turner Field, the High Museum of Art, and the more recent Georgia Aquarium; all draw millions of visitors and residents annually.

Official Atlanta, GA City Website: http://www.atlantaga.gov/


Applied Computational Processing & Engineering

Among the City’s greatest strengths and unique distinctions is the considerable depth, quality, and quantity of its post-secondary institutions granting degrees in engineering, mathematics and computer science. This target leverages that considerable competitive advantage.

The Applied Computational Processing & Engineering target is characterized by industries utilizing highly specialized engineering applications and skills

High Value  Professional & Management Services

The High Value Professional & Management Services target builds on the City’s unique position among a handful of major urban areas recognized globally for such functions. This elite position offers unique opportunities from which to leverage highly skilled and expert services.

The High Value Professional & Management Services target comprises two major areas: corporate headquarters, and high value consulting services

Specialized Business Support Services

The City’s historic strength as a hub for business and financial services place it in a favorable position to take advantage of the rapid growth and demand for specialized support services.

Traditionally grouped as shared-services or back office operations, the Specialized Business Support Services target is expanded to include more industry sectors as the demand for efficiencies accelerates

Advanced Logistics

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, the presence of major corporations with distribution/warehousing operations, and the 24/7 movement of significant quantities of cargo worldwide all place the City in a unique place to benefit from the transformation in logistics.


Atlanta ranks #1 as Best Place for Entrepreneur/Business by INC Magazine (March, 2004).

If you are expanding your business, we congratulate you on your success. If you are considering relocation to the City, we welcome you to our vibrant and thriving community. To make your job easier, compiled here are incentives and credits available not only from the City of Atlanta, but also from local, state and federal agencies.

While incentives are great for business, it’s Atlanta’s quality of life that you and your employees will fall in love with. Atlanta offers access to affordable resources, a world-class airport, the prosperous Atlanta market and talented people. There is plenty of room to grow in our friendly, collaborative business climate.

Small business is the largest employer in the US and accounts for over 50% of the estimated 435,000 jobs that exist in the City of Atlanta. We want your business.

The Small Business Administration (SBA) is the largest single financial backer and facilitator of technical assistance and contracting opportunities for the nation’s small businesses.  The SBA can assist you at every stage of your business – from helping you write a business plan to raising capital to managing growth.  Visit the SBA website to learn more about starting or expanding your small business.

To learn more about small businesses, visit the Small Business Administration’s website, click here>>

To view the Small Business Administration’s Frequently Asked Questions, click here>>

Should you have any questions, please contact Lonnie Saboor at 404-880-4100 or via email at lsaboor@investatlanta.com