Atlanta: Your New Hometown


Welcome To The Peach State

The area of Atlanta was originally populated by a Native American mound-building society. Many of Atlanta’s corridors follow the paths created by the Creek and Cherokee Indian nations, who inhabited the area until the early 19th Century. A large Creek settlement was called Standing Pitch Tree after a tall lone tree. Over time, the “pitch tree” became “peach tree.” No matter where you go in Atlanta, you always seem to be driving on Peachtree.

By the time of the American Revolution, the Creek, thought to be descendants of the early inhabitants, had established Standing Peachtree Village near the site of an ancient mound by the confluence of the Chattahoochee River and Peachtree Creek. The village was a hub for several major trails and functioned as an important trading center. A large section of one of the main trails, which ran from the village to present-day Suwannee, was upgraded by local European settlers near Fort Daniel built, during the War of 1812, in what is now Gwinnett County. This led
to the building in 1813 of Fort Peachtree on a rise overlooking the Chattahoochee River. The former trail that now connected the two forts became known as the original Peachtree Road.

In 1821 the Creek ceded the lands surrounding the Atlanta area to the State of Georgia. The first European settler in what is now Atlanta was Hardy Ivy, who in 1833 built a cabin near present
day Courtland Street and International Boulevard. In 1836, in an effort to compete for trade, the Georgia legislature approved the construction of a railroad to connect the area near Chattanooga, Tennessee to “… a point on the southeastern bank of the Chattahoochee River.” Army engineer Colonel Stephen Harriman Long was chosen to determine the most practical route for the new Western and Atlantic Railroad line. After exploring half a dozen options he chose a site nine miles south of the river. In 1837, a stake was driven into the red clay on Hardy Ivy’s property and the town that was to become the city of Atlanta became the “end of the line.” Aptly named Terminus by the railroad’s chief engineer, the town boomed. As the town continued to grow and prosper, the name Atlanta was chosen to represent the thriving, progressive community that today nearly 5,500,000 residents call home.

Today, the Atlanta metropolitan area consistently ranks high in overall quality of life when compared to other cities in the country for numerous reasons. It is home to notable businesses
such as Cingular Wireless, CNN, Cox Communications, EarthLink, Equifax Georgia-Pacific, Home Depot, Mercedes Benz, the Weather Channel and UPS, and continues to function as a major
economic hub.

With a passenger terminal complex equivalent to more than 45 football fields, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is the world’s busiest passenger airport. Atlanta is an ideal
location for carriers like hometown Delta Air Lines, as the city is only a 2-hour flight away from 83 percent of U.S. cities. Every day, nearly 250,000 passengers travel through Hartsfield-Jackson
making it the world’s busiest passenger airport. Atlanta offers its residents distinct seasons and a temperate climate. The flowering of the dogwood trees in the spring brings a festive air to the city, one of the greenest metro areas in the eastern part of the nation. Summers, which can have extended hot and humid spells, are tempered somewhat by Atlanta’s
elevation on the edge of north Georgia’s Piedmont region. When fall moseys into the Atlanta region, the abundant greenery creates a decidedly more colorful canopy. Winters can be cold
but daytime temperatures are usually comfortable enough to enjoy being outdoors.

Due to Atlanta’s ideal location, recreational activities abound in Georgia. Day trips offer opportunities in hiking, water skiing and whitewater rafting. A four-hour drive from Atlanta can bring you
to the charm and grace of Savannah and the Georgia Coast, or the splendor of the North Carolina Mountains.

With over 8,000 restaurants in the metro area that range from simple and satisfying to elegant and gourmet, one never needs to go far to find a good meal. With every major U.S. regional
cuisine represented as well as offerings from the cuisines of Europe, Latin and South America, Africa and Asia, those in search of outstanding culinary experiences will have an endless

Cultural appetites can also be well sated. The High Museum of Art, The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the Atlanta Ballet, the Alliance Theater, and the famous Fox Theater plus art galleries,
comedy clubs, live music venues and local festivals are but a few of the host of choices available for a sophisticated night on the town or a weekend of fun. For entertainment the whole
family would enjoy Atlanta offers Six Flags Over Georgia, the Presidential Center, the Fernbank Natural History Museum, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change, Zoo
Atlanta, the Georgia Aquarium and the World of Coke.

Pro sporting events run year-round in Atlanta, which is home to baseball’s Atlanta Braves, football’s Atlanta Falcons, and basketball’s Atlanta Hawks. State-of-the-art facilities such as
Philips Arena, the The Mercedes-Benz Stadium, and SunTrust Park, have hosted events like the Peach Bowl, the SEC Championship, the NCAA College Football Championship, and

Education is well served in the Atlanta area with 26 public school systems and over 150 private schools. Atlanta consistently ranks high in the total number of post¬secondary degrees conferred
annually. Students from around the world come to Atlanta to attend renowned institutions such as Emory University, the Georgia Institute of Technology and Georgia State University.

Housing choices abound in the metro Atlanta area. Because the region covers such a large area there are homes and settings available to match any lifestyle. For those who enjoy in-town
living, choices can run the gamut from quaint bungalows, 19th century Victorian homes and amenity-rich condo and apartment communities to trendy urban lofts, posh high-rises and modern,
custom-built mansions. Prefer a suburban setting? There are plentiful options that range from family-oriented neighborhoods to upscale golf, equestrian and tennis communities featuring
luxurious homes. The rural areas of the metro region offer spacious settings for existing or new homes with a relaxed feel embodying the graciousness of the South. Land is available
for people who have plans for building a dream house, while existing homes offer choices sure to satisfy anyone seeking a pastoral repose.

Opportunities are also available for homeowners with exclusive tastes. Numerous choices exist in golf and country club communities offering private memberships and custom homes.

Only in Atlanta

Ride your bike from Atlanta to Alabama. The Silver Comet Trail begins in Smyrna and runs all the way across the Alabama border.

Participate in the race that runners from around the world descend on Atlanta for each Fourth of July – the Peachtree Road Race. Approximately 60,000 runners participate each year, making it one of the largest 10K foot races in the world.

Ask directions from locals and you may hear “ITP” or “OTP.” These nicknames reference communities that are “Inside the Perimeter” or “Outside the Perimeter” created by Interstate 285, a nearly 63- mile stretch of highway that encircles much of the city of Atlanta.

View Atlanta from the tallest hotel in the Western Hemisphere and stay for dinner. The rotating Sun Dial Restaurant Bar and View atop the cylindrical Westin Peachtree Plaza in Downtown Atlanta provides a breathtaking 360-degree view of the city and surrounding area while enjoying delicious cuisine.

Peachtree Road Race

Witness the Eastern Continental Divide, a continental divide in the U.S. that separates the Gulf of Mexico drainage from the watersheds that flow directly into the Atlantic Ocean, runs right through downtown Atlanta and then east and through Decatur. Rainwater that falls on the south and east side of the divide runs eventually into the Atlantic Ocean while rainwater on the north and west side of the divide runs into the Gulf of Mexico.

Taste over 60 different coke products from around the globe at the World of Coca-Cola. Explore the complete story past, present, and future of the world’s best-known brand!

Let your imagination run wild with LEGO fans young and old at LEGOLAND Discovery Center made up of a series of interactive features with creative inspiration at every turn.

Sit at the center of a panorama of the Battle of Atlanta and take a stirring journey through time in Atlanta’s Cyclorama & Civil War Museum, which showcases large circular paintings depicting the 1864 Battle of Atlanta, and the APEX Museum, which includes depictions of African American history of Georgia.

Dive into a one-of-a-kind aquatic experience at the Georgia Aquarium — the world’s largest aquarium, where you’ll discover beluga whales, whale sharks, penguins and aquatic animals from around the globe.

Other notable attractions are The National Center for Civil and Human Rights, The Georgia State Museum of Science and Industry, Spelman College Museum of Fine Art, and Braves Museum & Hall of Fame. The city also offers easy access to other historical sites such as the Tullie Smith Farm, Wren’s Nest, and Martin Luther King Jr. National Historical Site. The Stone Mountain Park has nature trails, a tennis center, and amenities for swimming and fishing. Visitors to this park can also see the figures of Confederacy President Jefferson Davis, Lt. Gen. Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson, and Gen. Robert E. Lee that are carved in the granite of the mountain. Other popular attractions include the Atlanta Botanical Garden, Yellow River Game Ranch, Zoo Atlanta, and the Atlanta Farmers Market. Additionally, three of Atlanta’s more prestigious universities are located close to the downtown area Georgia State University, Morehouse College, and Clark Atlanta University.

Atlanta offers tons of fun for adults and children alike. There are so many things to do in Atlanta – from top attractions and history, to outdoor adventures and award-winning culture – you’re sure to find seasonal sensations year-round

A Message From The Governor

Brian Kemp Governor, Georgia

Georgia truly is one of the best places to live, work and do business. As we look to the future of this great state, we see thriving businesses, growing families, and a diverse population.
Georgia’s economy is dynamic, with many growing industry sectors from agriculture, aerospace, automotive, film, technology, tourism and beyond. Our low cost of living and quality of life are just two of the reasons that Georgia stands out to businesses and families across the country and around the world.
We pride ourselves on being able to offer Georgia businesses access to a highly skilled workforce. Our educational opportunities are endless with robust programs and degrees available through the University System of Georgia and Technical College System of Georgia, and top-notch workforce training programs that are second to none.
Our economic development successes lead to a stronger economy through job creation and investment opportunities. Our pro-business environment not only attracts new business, but also allows our existing industries to continue investing through job growth and expansion
Recent job announcements in Savannah, Augusta, Buford, Cartersville, Valdosta, and Douglasville proves that every corner of our state is ready to welcome job creators to their communities.
Small businesses are the backbone of our economy, comprising over 99% of all businesses in Georgia. In fact, small business owners recently awarded Georgia an A+ for our business-friendly licensing requirements, tax regulations, and labor and hiring regulations.
Through initiatives like the Georgians First Commission, Georgia will continue to make sure small businesses not only thrive in our state, but their products and services impact people around the world.
From world-renowned cities to welcoming rural communities, we are delighted to share our state with the millions of visitors who explore Georgia every year.
I am honored to be at the helm of this great state. I am committed to job creation, access to healthcare and educational opportunities for all Georgians. Working together, I know Georgia’s best days are ahead.