About the Aerotropolis Atlanta Alliance

Since its formation in 2014, the Aerotropolis Atlanta Alliance has been the driving force behind the revitalization of the area around Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL).

We are a non-profit membership organization and a coalition of leading business and community leaders – united in our commitment to making Aerotropolis Atlanta a world-class destination for business, connectivity, and living. Governed by a 26-member board of the district’s top private sector leaders, local Mayors, County Commissioners, and Chambers of Commerce, our mission is to improve and sustain the quality of life for those who live, work and play here. The Alliance aims to accomplish this goal through a comprehensive approach to planning and development that includes initiatives to enhance public safety, improve the physical environment, and strengthen the urban amenities that give the area its unique character—the most important of which is the world’s busiest airport. 

Guided by a visionary master plan – the Aerotropolis Atlanta Blueprint – and in partnership with the Aerotropolis Atlanta Community Improvement Districts, Aerotropolis Atlanta aims to become a national and international model for airport area excellence.

A key strategy of the Blueprint to implement its vision is the establishment of “Collectives” or action committees focused on organizing and aligning stakeholder interests. Three Collectives have been established so far: Economic Development Collective, Workforce Development Collective and Education Collective. All three collectives are well on their way to establishing objectives and actively engaging participation in order to achieve the goals set out by the Alliance.

Creating and maintaining a livable, lovable community doesn’t happen on its own. It’s a full-time job, requiring the right mix of programs and capital projects to generate results today – while attracting continued investment to bring our community’s long-term vision to life. Get involved: join the Aerotropolis Atlanta Alliance and learn all there is to love here.

Aerotropolis Atlanta Collectives

The Aerotropolis Atlanta Collectives are action committees that focus on organizing and aligning stakeholder interests in the Aerotropolis area. The formation of Collectives is a key strategy of the Blueprint to implement the vision of the Aerotropolis. Three have formed so far:

  • Economic Development Collective – Established to develop a unified message for marketing the area to potential prospects and others.
  • Education Collective – Established to support the goals of the Alliance and the Workforce Collective in the gaps where education is concerned.
  • Workforce Development Collective – Established to facilitate development and implementation of solutions to bridge Aerotropolis area employers and workforce to increase economic growth and prosperity in the region from within.

2017 Officers of the Board

Chairman
Pedro Cherry, Georgia Power  

Vice Chair
Kevin Johnson, Invest Atlanta

Treasurer
Shannon James, SunTrust Bank

Secretary
Kali Beyah, Delta Air Lines, Inc.

Chairman Emeritus
Joe Folz, Porsche Cars North America, Inc.

2017 Executive Committee

Executive Committee Members (Automatic)

Pedro Cherry, Georgia Power

Kevin Johnson, Invest Atlanta

Shannon James, SunTrust Bank

Kali Beyah, Delta Air Lines, Inc.

Cortez Carter, City of Atlanta / Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport

Joe Folz, Porsche Cars North America

Executive Committee Members (At-Large)

Kweku Forstall, Annie E. Casey Foundation

Deyanna Jones, Comcast Cable Communications

Gerald McDowell, Aerotropolis Atlanta CIDs

Rod Mullice, Air Realty, LLC

Lynne Scroggins, WellStar Atlanta Medical Center South

Jeff Turner, Clayton County

Larry Vincent, Development Authority of Clayton County

Carol Waddy, Chick-fil-A, Inc.

2017 Board of Directors

At-Large Directors

Gerald McDowell, Aerotropolis Atlanta CIDs

Rod Mullice, Air Realty, LLC

Kweku Forstall, Annie E. Casey Foundation

Ennis Antoine, Atlanta Board of Realtors

Carol Waddy, Chick-fil-A, Inc.

Deyanna Jones, Comcast Cable Communications

Valerie Cox, Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta

Kali Beyah, Delta Air Lines, Inc.

Larry Vincent, Development Authority of Clayton County

Al Nash, Development Authority of Fulton County

Natalie Tyler-Martin, Duke Realty Corporation

Pedro Cherry, Georgia Power

Kevin Johnson, Invest Atlanta

Valerie Montgomery Rice, Morehouse School of Medicine

Julius Strahorn, PNC Bank

Joe Folz, Porsche Cars North America, Inc.

Kent Mason, Prologis, Inc.

Shannon James, SunTrust Bank

Lynne Scroggins, WellStar Atlanta Medical Center South

­­Stuart Gulley, Woodward Academy

Ex-Officio (Automatic) Directors – Local Government         

Cortez Carter, City of Atlanta / Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport

Jack Longino, City of College Park

Jannquell Peters, City of East Point

David Lockhart, City of Forest Park

Alan Hallman, City of Hapeville

Jeff Turner, Clayton County

John Eaves, Fulton County

Ex-Officio (Automatic) Directors – Chambers of Commerce

Dorothy Harris, Airport Area Chamber of Commerce

Ben Casey, Clayton County Chamber of Commerce

Troels Adrian, Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce

Michael Hightower, South Fulton Chamber of Commerce (The Collaborative Firm, LLC)