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Meeting planned to discuss Atlanta Aerotropolis plans

The creation of an aerotropolis at Hartfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport will be on the agenda at a public meeting at the Georgia Convention Center on January 26.

Two community improvement districts (CIDs) around the gateway will host the public to discuss their new co-operative partnership.

Airport West and Airport South CID leaders recently agreed to unite their efforts under the name Atlanta Aerotropolis CIDs.

Airport South CID chairman, Steve Berman, says the meeting will include board members and staff from both CIDs for one-on-one interaction with all stakeholders.

These board members represent such employers as Ackerman, Delta, Chick-fil-A, OA Development and Woodward Academy, among others, most of which are already members of the Atlanta Aerotropolis Alliance (AAA).

“We want to meet with business and property owners as well as community leaders to talk about the Atlanta Aerotropolis CIDs,” explains Berman. 
“We will share details about ongoing work and project plans, and we want to hear about community concerns so we can best address them. We hope everyone catches the vision we have for Atlanta’s next booming region.”

Airport West CID board chairwoman, Natalie Tyler-Martin, says leaders of both CIDs recognise that joint planning efforts are vital to building a strong community that will attract more clients and customers to the Atlanta Aerotropolis area.

“We are excited about this collaboration as it will create amazing growth and development opportunities for our communities and the commercial property owners,” she enthuses.

“As the Atlanta Aerotropolis Alliance continues to gain momentum, our collaboration will be a strong partner for those seeking to invest and grow here at the world’s busiest airport.”

The two CIDs will remain separate entities while working under one administrative umbrella.

Airport West CID executive director Gerald McDowell will serve as the administrative lead for the Atlanta Aerotropolis CIDs and their staff.

What is the Atlanta Aerotropolis Alliance?

The Atlanta Aerotropolis Alliance is a collaborative effort to enhance metro Atlanta’s position as a leader in the global economy.

As the world’s busiest gateway handling over 100mppa, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is a primary driver of metro Atlanta’s economy. Yet, development around the airport to date has been unplanned, with no cohesive strategy.

The Alliance aims to change that by transforming the airport vicinity 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 and to connections to national and international markets.

The Alliance includes businesses, local governments, nonprofits and other interested parties located near Hartsfield-Jackson and beyond. 

In total, some 20 entities are currently involved in the effort.

Today, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is directly responsible for more than 50,000 jobs.






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