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Economic Development Progress
A Catalyst for Economic Growth and Renewal
Significant redevelopment along the Atlanta BeltLine corridor will continue to generate growth and create jobs, particularly in areas that have been historically underdeveloped. Large sections of the Atlanta BeltLine traverse industrial areas and parcels on under-utilized land. Since 2005, there has been more than $1 billion in new private development around the Atlanta BeltLine.
Public Infrastructure, Private Investment
The Atlanta BeltLine has proven to be a strong catalyst for new development within the city. As early as 2005, developers were transforming former industrial sites into mixed use developments with new commercial, retail and residential space. Even through the Great Recession, development continued, in particular around new Atlanta BeltLine infrastructure such as Historic Fourth Ward Park. New parks, trails and transit are expected to continue this trend as developers recognize the value of this new infrastructure and build denser, mixed-use urban developments that attract new residents to the city.
A Successful Inaugural Jobs Program
The Atlanta BeltLine works to connect builders of Atlanta BeltLine projects with job seekers in Atlanta BeltLine neighborhoods. To that end, the Atlanta BeltLine created a jobs policy in partnership with the Atlanta Workforce Development Agency. Builders who are paid by Tax Allocation District proceeds must sign and adhere to the Atlanta BeltLine first source hiring agreement.
In 2010, the Atlanta BeltLine and the Atlanta Workforce Development Agency partnered on implementation of a training program for local residents. The program focuses on greenspace construction, and 100% of trainees from the inaugural class were placed in jobs in construction and other industries.
Graduates of Atlanta BeltLine’s Inaugural Training Program
The Atlanta BeltLine has the potential to not only achieve physical connectivity among Atlanta’s neighborhoods, which is a significant accomplishment in itself, but to also break down economic and cultural barriers.
Addressing these aspirations, the Tax Allocation District Advisory Committee and Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. created an Equitable Development Plan. By establishing an Equitable Development Plan, the commitment to healthy growth is clear and the plan for achieving this is clearly defined.
The plan was approved by the Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. board in 2009, and details regarding evaluation and monitoring are being developed.