Atlanta is becoming a technology hub with Google, Microsoft, Twitter and Mailchimp


Many of us remember when Atlanta was just known as the home of Coca Cola, Home Depot and Delta Airlines.  These were the Fortune 500 companies that helped Atlanta gain international recognition.  Over the last few years other new businesses and developments have added value to our great city.  The birth of the Atlanta Beltline project, the large movie and television industry, the auto makers headquarters like Porsche and Mercedes Benz, to the increasing number of high-rise building, and mixed used projects like Ponce City Market; are just a handful of things that make Atlanta a great place to live, work and play.

All of that is exciting.  But Atlanta residents no longer have to wait years for exciting news.  Everyday we turn on the television, tune in on the radio, and pick up the newspaper we…. (okay who are we kidding).  In 2015, a majority of people turn to technology to find out the latest news.  And Technology is coming to Atlanta in a big way.

December 2014:  Mailchimp, one of the biggest E-campaign companies in the world announced their move into the Ponce City Market.  They will occupy over 115,000 SqFt of office space and will be a major anchor of the PCM development.  Did you know that Mailchimp sends over 11 Billion email a month for their consumers?  


Ponce City Market.. Soon to be home to Mailchimp and Twitter

Monday January 26th 2015Twitter announced that they will be opening an 8,000 SqFt office in Ponce City Market.  The new office, scheduled to open this summer, will include brand strategists, who help Fortune 500 enterprises such as The Home Depot and The Coca-Cola Co. craft marketing campaigns on the social networking site. Those campaigns are a major revenue stream for Twitter, which reported $361 million in third quarter sales.

Tuesday January 27th 2015Google Fiber announces plans to provide service to the City of Atlanta. Google will deliver “gigabit” Internet service which is 100 times faster than basic broadband. In an age of the “Internet of things,” where refrigerators, televisions and mobile devices are web-enabled, demand for super-fast Internet connections for consumers is going from nice-to-have, to must-have.


Wednesday January 28th 2015Microsoft announces that they will be opening a 40,000 SqFt office called the “Innovation Center” in the Downtown Atlanta office building called the Flatiron. The Microsoft centers provide resources and support for students, entrepreneurs and startups, accelerating the creation of new companies, jobs and growth of the local software ecosystem. The Atlanta location will be the second such center in the United States after Miami, and one of more than 100 worldwide.  With this center being located next door to Georgia State University and the upcoming reconstruction of  Underground Atlanta this will be an excellent location, don’t you think?

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Atlanta’s Flatiron building, on Peachtree Street near Georgia State University and Woodruff Park. Home of the Microsoft Innovation Center.

Here was the reality in the United States until just a few years ago.

Television and Movies was located predominately in Los Angeles –  Atlanta has a piece of the pie.

The Finance sector was mainly in Wallstreet, New York City –  Atlanta has a piece of the pie.

Automotive Industry was located in Detroit – Atlanta has a piece of the pie.

Technology companies have always been located in Silicon Valley – Atlanta now has a piece of the pie. 

What’s next for this growing city?

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