Atlanta is the economic capital of the southeastern United States, a region that, as a separate country, would have the 7th highest GDP in the world. Atlanta now hosts the third-largest concentration of Fortune 500 company headquarters in the United States. Some of the world’s better-known brands boasting an Atlanta home address include AGCO, CNN, Coca-Cola, Delta Airlines, First Data, Georgia-Pacific, Home Depot, IntercontinentalExchange (ICE), NCR, Newell Rubbermaid and UPS.
Atlanta is Arbitration Central. The home of Coca Cola, Martin Luther King Jr. and President Jimmy Carter has a century of experience in conflict resolution of every type. Coming to Atlanta, the world can not only discuss issues but experience the result of diverse groups and opinions living and thriving beyond conflict.
- Andrew Young, Co-Chair GoodWorks International, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Congressman from Georgia's 5th District and Mayor of Atlanta
Atlanta’s vibrant international community includes 65 consulates and government-sponsored trade organizations, 48 bi-national chambers of commerce, approximately 750,000 foreign-born residents, and over 2400 international businesses from more than 40 countries that have established their U.S. headquarters here, including such notable names as Porsche Cars North America, Siemens, ING Americas, Philips Consumer Electronics, Ciba Vision, Intercontinental Hotels Group, Novelis, Munich Re and Mizuno.
Over the last twenty years, Georgia and the Southeast have been a magnet for German business. Atlanta is ripe with international trade, academic, social and cultural opportunities, including a significant German cultural network. The Atlanta Consular Corps and the countries we represent are well-served by Georgia’s welcoming environment for international business.
- Dr. Lutz Görgens, Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany and Dean of the Consular Corps in Atlanta
Long known as the “city too busy to hate,” Atlanta is a thriving model of diversity at work. A magnet for in-migration, most Atlantans were born elsewhere. The Martin Luther King Center for Non-Violent Social Change and The Carter Presidential Center (each bearing the name of native Georgians who became Nobel Peace Prize Laureates) provide a beacon of hope and support for those struggling for equal rights and democracy all over the world. Woodrow Wilson, the U.S. President who conceived of the League of Nations, began his legal career in Atlanta. The worldwide reach of CARE, CNN, Habitat for Humanity, The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Georgia’s world-class academic institutions (including Emory University, the University of Georgia, the Georgia Institute of Technology, Georgia State University, and the Atlanta University Center Consortium) manifest the city’s global outlook.