As a major transportation hub for the southeast, Atlanta is a progressive city with a 385 billion dollar GDP and metropolitan Atlanta’s economy ranks as the 10th largest in the US and among the top 20 largest economies in the world. Many global corporate headquarters located in the Atlanta area play a significant role in Atlanta’s economy, including The Coca-Cola Company, The Home Depot, Delta Air Lines, AT&T Mobility, Chick-fil-A, and UPS. Atlanta holds the distinction of housing the third-largest concentration of Fortune 500 companies in the country. Additionally, more than 75% of Fortune 1000 firms conduct business in the Atlanta metropolitan area and the city hosts the offices of 1,250 multinational corporations. One major draw for corporations is Atlanta’s educated workforce, with 45% of city residents holding at least a 4-year college degree. From its beginning as a railroad town, logistics have always contributed to a major portion of Atlanta’s economy.
The city continues its legacy today as an important rail junction, containing major classification yards for Norfolk Southern and CSX. Atlanta’s Hartsfield–Jackson International Airport functions as the main driver of the city's economic growth. A hub for international diplomatic missions, Atlanta houses 26 consulates, making it the seventh-highest concentration of diplomatic missions in the US. Also, Delta Air Lines operates the world’s busiest airline hub at Hartsfield-Jackson. Ranked sixth as the fast-growing IT community in the nation, the “Silicon Peach” boasts the fourth-largest concentration of IT jobs in the US. Another important sector of Atlanta’s economy, due in part to broadcasting media mogul, Ted Turner, lies in broadcast media. Turner founded giants, CNN and TBS. Cable service Cox Enterprises and the Weather Channel are also based in the Atlanta area. Turner Studios, Pinewood Studios (Pinewood Atlanta), Tyler Perry Studios, Williams Street Productions, and the EUE/Screen Gems soundstages all have made Atlanta the most popular film and television destination in the country due to a $9.5 billion injected into Georgia's film and TV economy in 2017. With everything that Atlanta offers, including its diverse and expanding economy, the potential outlook for growing your business in this busy southern destination is unlimited.