Latest Programs and Initiatives

The work of CAP and ADID includes a broad range of innovative programs and public-private partnerships focused on the economic development, the physical environment and the marketing of Downtown Atlanta.

Atlanta Streetcar

The long-term vision for the proposed streetcar includes a north-to-south route from the Brookhaven MARTA station to Fort McPherson and an east-to-west route connecting The King Center to the Centennial Olympic Park area west of Peachtree Street. Initial funding will kick start the first phase, focusing on the Downtown east-west route.

GreenLine Plan

Central Atlanta Progress, in partnership with area stakeholders, has developed an ambitious new vision for the East-West corridor of Downtown that stretches from the state Capitol area to Philips Arena. Dominated by a linear park, surrounded by pedestrian-friendly development and hallmarked by increased multimodal connectivity, the plan provides a dynamic look at the future.

Imagine Downtown

Imagine Downtown is the vision plan focused on the redevelopment and revitalization of the center city. The plan process brought together the Downtown community to share one collaborative vision for how our community should grow and prosper. The plan provides a framework for the growth of Downtown neighborhoods and recommends transportation and open space infrastructure improvements necessary to support the plan.

Woodruff Park

CAP/ADID has taken a leadership role in the creation of the Woodruff Park Master Plan. The Master Plan communicates and quides programming and capital recommendations to ensure an active and attractive park for years to come. Through agreement with the City of Atlanta, ADID is playing an active role in the daily management of Woodruff Park.

Stop Panhandling - Give Change that Makes Sense

Give Change That Makes Sense is the tagline of the three-tiered strategic campaign to address aggressive panhandling throughout the city of Atlanta, with a focus in the Downtown area. This initiative is a joint effort of Central Atlanta Progress (CAP), Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau (ACVB), the Mayor’s office, the Atlanta Police Department (APD) and other public certified law enforcement jurisdictions, with full participation of the private sector.

Atlanta Downtown Design Excellence Award

In 2006, CAP created the Atlanta Downtown Design Excellence Award (ADDEA) to recognize newly created or renovated Downtown spaces that demonstrate distinction in design. With the significant amount of investment in Downtown buildings, CAP intends to showcase the stellar projects which make the community architecturally and spatially unique.

Downtown Dining District

Atlanta's Downtown Dining District offers more than 300 dining and nighttime entertainment options, including more than 100 spots for a quick bite. This Downtown Dining District is a branding initiative to position Downtown Atlanta as a premiere dining destination in the metro Atlanta region and highlight the diversity of culinary experiences Downtown has to offer.

Downtown Marketing Roundtable
Created by Central Atlanta Progress, the Downtown Marketing Roundtable brings together marketing professionals with a vested interest in Downtown Atlanta. Participants represent the full-spectrum of Downtown stakeholders, from Fortune 500 companies to owner-operated businesses, from education to hospitality, from broadcast news to independent artistic theaters. For more information, or to get involved in the Downtown Marketing Roundtable, contact Lynn Williamson at 404-658-5909 or

Downtown Zoning

A partnership of Central Atlanta Progress and the City of Atlanta has recently resulted in an expanded and invigorated Special Public Interest (SPI) District zoning that governs the physical growth and redevelopment of Downtown Atlanta.

24/7 Gateway Center

With an overarching goal of ending chronic homelessness in metropolitan Atlanta, the 24/7 Gateway Center is scheduled to open in summer 2005. The Center is the flagship project under the Blueprint to End Homelessness in Atlanta in Ten Years, a plan developed by Atlanta leaders and the United Way at the behest of Mayor Shirley Franklin.

Multimodal Passenger Terminal

For over ten years, Central Atlanta Progress has been involved in the planning, analysis and design of the Downtown Multimodal Passenger Terminal (MMPT). As the concept of MMPT has evolved, CAP has represented the business community in cooperative efforts. The revised MMPT concept now appears to be positioned for real progress in the near future.

Downtown Atlanta's In Bloom

Beautification initiatives add to the attractiveness of Downtown. Residents and workers of Downtown Atlanta may soon feel like everything’s blooming, thanks to Central Atlanta Progress and the Atlanta Downtown Improvement District's Downtown Atlanta’s In Bloom effort to establish Downtown Atlanta as a beautiful 24-hour live/work environment.

Past CAP/ADID endeavors