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Aerotropolis: The Way We’ll Live Next

Kasarda's Aerotropolis


“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

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Airport Area Planning

Atlanta Aerotropolis and Airport Area Planning

With the recent expansions of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, including the opening of the new Maynard H. Jackson, Jr. International Terminal, along with the changing economy after the Great Recession and the emergence of the aerotropolis concept as a development model, ARC has engaged local governments, business, citizens and others in the area surrounding Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. Working with these public and private partners since 2011, ARC helped in the creation of the Atlanta Aerotropolis Alliance (the Alliance), a 501(c)(6) non-profit, focused on increased investment and economic development around the busiest airport in the world and the region’s international "front door."

ARC will partner with the Alliance to plan and prepare for the region’s next big activity center and one that can positively impact all other activity centers in the region. Visit the Atlanta Aerotropolis Alliance website for more information on this organization and how to get involved. You can also follow the Alliance on Facebook and Twitter @AtlAerotropolis.

Atlanta Aerotropolis Blueprint

In 2015, ARC and the Atlanta Aerotropolis Alliance are undertaking an effort to develop a new vision for the Atlanta Aerotropolis. As with other “blueprints” that have been developed for much of the Atlanta region, this effort will create a broad vision for the airport area, provide ARC and local governments with specific tasks and policies, and provide the Alliance with an action plan that will help grow the Atlanta Aerotropolis into one of the Atlanta region’s premier activity centers.

Jacobs Engineering, MXD Development Strategists, and GLD Partners are part of the consultant team that has been selected to lead the effort. As a first phase, ARC used its resources to develop the Aerotropolis Inventory and Assessment Report. This report is an overview of existing plans and policies, and provides demographic and economic data relevant to the potential growth and development of the airport area. The report will serve as a foundation for the remainder of the Aerotropolis Blueprint process, which is expected to finish before the end of 2015. The consultant team will engage the airport area communities in several ways, including working with the Airport Area Task Force. The first meeting of the Task Force in 2015 took place on April 3. More information on the Airport Area Task Force is included below. Additional information may be found on the Atlanta Aerotropolis webpage at

Key Atlanta Aerotropolis Blueprint Documents

Airport Area Task Force

The Airport Area Task Force began meeting on August 17, 2012. This group was integral in the creation of the Alliance as well as the genesis for the creation of airport area Community Improvement Districts (CIDs). This forum for public dialogue and discussion on improving the airport area will continue as a part of the Atlanta Aerotropolis Alliance. Meeting summaries from the 2012 and 2013 meetings are available below. Airport Area Task Force meetings are typically held at the Technical Support Campus at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (see driving directions to Technical Support Campus).

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

Other Aerotropolis and Airport City Efforts

See how other regions around the country and around the world are investing in their airport areas.

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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