Invest Atlanta is comprised of the Urban Residential Finance Authority, Downtown Development Authority and the Atlanta Economic Renaissance Corporation. Subsidiaries include Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. Invest Atlanta is the official economic development authority for the City of Atlanta. Its purpose is to strengthen Atlanta’s economy and global competitiveness in order to create increased opportunity and prosperity for the people of Atlanta.Invest Atlanta is governed by a 9 member board of directors, chaired by the Mayor of Atlanta.Invest Atlanta’s programs and initiatives focus on developing and fostering public-private partnerships to accelerate job creation/economic growth, neighborhood revitalization/investment and innovation/entrepreneurship. Invest Atlanta’s economic tools include bond financing, revolving loan funds, housing financing, tax increment financing and tax credits.
Formed in 1995, The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation promotes innovative solutions to transform the lives of youth and their families, seeking results that move communities beyond what seems possible today.
The Foundation invests in education, parks and greenspace, youth development, community redevelopment, and the arts, and leads giving programs for each of the Blank Family of Businesses, including the Atlanta Falcons, Atlanta United, Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Mountain Sky Guest Ranch, PGA TOUR Superstore, and West Creek Ranch.
Over the past decade, the Foundation has invested nearly $10 million into efforts to improve the quality of life in the neighborhoods on the Westside of Atlanta. To further its work in additional areas of need, the Foundation has created the Westside Neighborhood Prosperity Fund, a $30 million long-term commitment to invest in catalytic projects that will ignite positive change and transform both the people and place of Atlanta’s historic Westside communities.
Mr. Blank, chairman of the Foundation, co-founded The Home Depot, the world’s largest home improvement retailer, in 1978 and retired from the company as co-chairman in 2001.Through the Foundation and his family’s personal giving, Mr. Blank has granted more than $300 million to various charitable organizations.
The Atlanta Workforce Development Agency (AWDA) serves as the workforce system for the City of Atlanta. The agency will provide job seekers with resources to attain sustainable employment and collaborate with business leaders for the recruitment and development of their labor needs.