Additional Resources

Aerotropolis: The Way We’ll Live Next

Kasarda's Aerotropolis


Airport Area Planning

With the opening of the new Maynard H. Jackson, Jr. International Terminal, the changing economy after the Great Recession, and the emergence of the “Aerotropolis” concept as a development model, ARC is engaging local governments, business, citizens and others in the area surrounding Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

“The true challenge is planning to get the aerotropolis right. If there is not appropriate planning, airport-area development will be spontaneous, haphazard, economically inefficient and ultimately unsustainable. The aerotropolis model brings together airport planning, urban and regional planning, and business-site planning, to create a new urban form that is highly competitive, attractive and sustainable.” – Dr. John Kasarda

Airport Area Task Force

The Airport Area Task Force began meeting on August 17, 2012. Information on upcoming meetings, as well as summaries from past meetings, can be found below.

The next Airport Area Task Force meeting will be held on Friday, March 1, 2013 from 9:00-10:30 a.m. at the Technical Support Campus at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

Contact Jon Tuley by phone at 404-463-3307 or by email at for more information on these airport area planning efforts.

Links to Airport Area Planning Resources

Dr. John Kasarda of the University of North Carolina pioneered the aerotropolis concept, which is an urban development form comprising aviation-intensive businesses and related enterprises surrounding an airport. Cities like Dallas, Memphis, Detroit and Washington, D.C. are putting the concept into action in this country—in addition to cities around the world, including Amsterdam, Seoul, Dubai and Bangkok. Information on the Aerotropolis Concept can be found at

Global Airport Cities produces articles and reports and hosts annual conferences on the Aerotropolis and Airport Cities concepts.

See what other regions are doing:

The Global Gateway Event

On June 22, 2012, the Airport Area, Clayton County, and South Fulton Chambers co-hosted the Global Gateway event, along with support from several local governments, Georgia Power and ARC. See below for an event summary, presentation slides, and videos of the event.

Global Gateway: Doug Hooker Opening Remarks

Global Gateway: Tad Leithead

Global Gateway: Nancey Green Leigh, PhD, FAICP

Global Gateway: Panel Discussion and Q&A

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