The Atlanta BeltLine Partnership is the private, independent non-profit created in 2005 to advance the Atlanta BeltLine vision. Partnership staff works to Enable the Project [raise private sector capital], Engage the Public [grow civic support], and Empower the Residents [provide positive socio-economic outcomes] of the 45 Atlanta BeltLine neighborhoods.
Our mission is to recruit, align and convene partners to fulfill the Atlanta BeltLine vision in targeted, strategic and coordinated ways. We broker relationships that help advance our mission, and thereby further the collaborative network of organizations and agencies working on the project’s behalf.
Enable the Project
The public funding sources – the City of Atlanta, the tax allocation district, the US Department of Transportation and others – are not enough to complete the ambitious 22-mile Atlanta BeltLine loop of parks, trails and transit. The Partnership helps fill this gap by developing relationships and soliciting investment from the private sector and the philanthropic community. With this role comes a responsibility for stewardship of the funds we raise – donors want to be sure their contributions are utilized effectively, and some investors have specific mandates they want to see fulfilled. The Partnership provides that oversight and regularly communicates both progress and problem areas. To date, we have raised over $54 million in corporate and philanthropic funding.
Engage the Public
The Atlanta BeltLine needs sustained public support throughout construction and implementation to ensure favorable political will and continued philanthropic investment. The Partnership cultivates goodwill and buy-in by first engaging users in innovative, creative and impactful ways, and then working to convert those users into advocates and active supporters. More than 20,000 have taken our Atlanta BeltLine tours either on foot, bike or our bus. Our Run.Walk.Go! Race Series has drawn more than 10,000 participants, attendance at our neighborhoods festivals has topped 11,000, over 2,000 have signed up for our volunteer programs, and more than 5,000 have joined in for our free fitness classes.
Empower the Residents
The vision of the Atlanta BeltLine is for a better connected, more prosperous, healthier Atlanta. The Partnership helps fulfill this vision by convening and aligning partner organizations that work collaboratively to leverage this transformative infrastructure project in ways that strengthen the 45 Atlanta BeltLine neighborhoods, particularly in the areas of health, housing and economic opportunity. Our role in this area is that of a catalyst – cultivating partnerships and effectively linking teams of stakeholders and institutions – and not that of a service delivery provider or program manager. We have successfully established partnerships in areas like workforce development, affordable housing and health with organizations such as the United Way, the Land Trust Collaborative and Georgia State University.