The City of Atlanta is the largest city in the State of Georgia and considered the unofficial capital of the south. With over 3,500 employees and a $559 million annual budget, the Atlanta City government is responsible for the day to day operations of the City of Atlanta ensuring that the City is safe and clean, maintains strong infrastructure, is transparent and fiscally responsible, and is efficient and effective in the delivery of services.
The Atlanta Downtown Improvement District, founded in 1995 by Central Atlanta Progress, is a public-private partnership that strives to create a livable environment for Downtown Atlanta. With a board of directors of nine private- and public-sector leaders, ADID is funded through a community improvement district. The District currently contains 220 blocks within an area generally bounded by North Avenue on the north, Memorial Drive on the south, Piedmont Avenue and the Downtown Connector on the east, and the Norfolk-Southern rail line on the west.
The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) is the ninth largest transit system in the United States and has provided combined bus, rail and paratransit service to DeKalb and Fulton Counties and the City of Atlanta for 30 years. MARTA serves as the backbone of a growing regional transit network operating 130 bus routes and 38 rail stations on nearly 48 miles of track. MARTA provides transportation for over 500,000 passenger boardings each weekday and helps to remove more than 185,000 cars off Metro Atlanta roads each day. As the only multi-modal transit system in the state, MARTA is an over $6 billion public asset that offers a unique competency and expertise to the state and region. MARTA serves as a significant economic catalyst attracting major companies and international events to the Metro area, providing transportation to employment centers throughout the region, and offering a direct connection to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport which is considered the world’s busiest airport. In 1996 MARTA served as the official transportation provider for the Centennial Olympic Games in Atlanta.