On December 14, the Aerotropolis Atlanta Alliance and Aerotropolis Atlanta Community Improvement Districts (AACIDs) hosted a year-end breakfast at the Georgia International Convention Center.

Highlights included a rousing speech from outgoing Aerotropolis Alliance Chairman Pedro Cherry, executive vice-president of Customer Service Operations at Georgia Power, who introduced incoming Board Chairman Shannon James, Vice President, Business Services Officer with BB&T. Keith Parker, former CEO of MARTA and now the President and CEO of Goodwill of North Georgia gave the keynote address.

More than 475 attendees viewed a truly exciting video showcasing the potential of the Aerotropolis region, and participated in a panel discussion about current and upcoming initiatives to help the region grow. The program closed out with an update from the AACIDs Chairs, Natalie Tyler Martin, Duke Realty and Steve Berman, OA Development.

The potential of the Aerotropolis region was a recurring theme, as each speaker noted the economic power that the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport has long brought to the metro Atlanta region, the state of Georgia and the Southeast.

Chairman Shannon James noted that economic development on the south side of Atlanta has been a community goal for nearly three decades.

“The Metro Atlanta Chamber’s Southside Task Force who put it together. They talked about the acres of undeveloped land, miles of interstate highways and the convenience of Hartsfield International Airport… but that was in 1989,” James said. “We have initiatives underway now and being completed now, that are the result of that vision.”

Tyler Martin and Berman continued the momentum, citing recent developments in programs and projects. The AACIDs have been tracking crime activity in the Aerotropolis area, and report that crime is down 34% and continues to be a primary focus for the AACIDs. They noted that the Diverging Diamond Interchange at Camp Creek Parkway and I-285 is on schedule to begin construction in 2018. They also updated the audience on the progress of the AeroATL Greenway Plan with an upcoming public meeting on January 11 and announced the kick off of a Transit Feasibility Study, also in January.

“The Aerotropolis Alliance and the Aerotropolis CIDs will continue their efforts to enhance the quality of life for residents and businesses throughout the Aerotropolis region, so that the area can share in the economic halo effect of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, as the entire region transforms from the world’s busiest waypoint into a desirable, world class destination.

In 2017, the Aerotropolis landed. In 2018, we invite you to join us as we take off.