Confident, booming Atlanta is widely recognized as one of America’s most business-friendly cities. Home to fourteen Fortune 500 companies and the birthplace and breeding ground for many new startups, like TripLingo, the city is teeming with professionals and is well-equipped to entertain, feed, and house them all. Mercedes Benz USA is the latest large company to announce that it is shifting manufacturing operations to Atlanta. Watch out for the boom in employment and services like restaurants, hairdressers and ancillary car part manufacturers that this move by Mercedes will create!
Atlanta's rich American history and southern charm coexist with a booming business district and iconic skyscrapers like Bank of America Plaza, which is the tenth tallest building in America, and the IMB Tower, built by renowned architects Philip Johnson and John Burgee. This diversity makes Atlanta one of the most culturally, politically, and economically vibrant cities in the South, if not the world. As the ninth largest metropolitan area in the US, containing world headquarters for megacorporations like Coca-Cola, Home Depot, AT&T, UPS, and Delta, Atlanta is an internationally significant industrial and commercial center. Additionally, with its more than thirty colleges and universities, including Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), Georgia State University, and Emory University, the city is fast-paced, youthful and continuously growing.
Founded in 1837 as a railroad hub connecting various towns in the Southeast, Atlanta has always been well served by transportation. Today, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is the world’s busiest airport both in number of passengers and number of flights. During the Civil Rights Movement, Atlanta served as a major organizing center for leaders like Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (an Atlanta native), Ralph David Abernathy, and students from the city’s historically black colleges and universities. Atlanta’s history is commemorated at the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site and the Atlanta History Center in Buckhead. Many other museums and arts centers in the area contribute to Atlanta’s identity as a national center for art and culture, most notably the prestigious High Museum of Art and the historic Fox Theatre, which often hosts touring Broadway acts.
In recent years Altanta’s centrality, vibrant business climate, and gracious living have transformed the city into a magnet for young people from other parts of the USA, especially from New England and New York. Atlanta is experiencing a growth surge as graduates and families move for job opportunities, the subtropical climate, and the comparatively lower cost of living.