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From startup to megacorporation, how do we cultivate Atlanta’s economic growth?

Ernst & Young LLP is proud to support innovation and entrepreneurship in Atlanta

Atlanta is one of the fastest-growing metropolitan areas in the country, having grown by roughly 734,000 people from 2010 to 2019, according to the Metro Atlanta Chamber. The city is home to well-known brands in logistics, retail, transportation and consumer products, as well as a booming film industry and rapid growth in the biotechnology and financial sectors. From innovative startups, to established global enterprises and a whole host of companies in between, Atlanta has a wealth of entrepreneurial talent that can fuel a swift recovery from the global pandemic.

Atlanta Tech Village¹ is just one example of the creative talent that calls Atlanta home. The startup hub has built deep connections with the city’s business and investment community, enabling more than 300 startups to raise over $1.2 billion in capital. These companies have created more than 7,300 jobs and made Atlanta a focal point for technological innovation in the US. As they build relationships with private companies and family businesses that have been around for generations, Atlanta’s business community is helping everyone rise up. This includes industries hurt more than others by the pandemic, such as the transportation and hospitality sectors.

The region’s relative affordability and temperate climate, as well as a robust higher education system, only strengthen the fertile ground that exists for entrepreneurship, which is well-positioned for continued growth in the years ahead. Ernst & Young LLP (EY US) and its team of nearly 4,000 Atlanta-based employees stand ready to help these companies and their leaders fulfill their potential.

EY US has long been an advocate for the Atlanta business community, dating back 100 years ago when its predecessor firm came to town to represent a now Fortune 100 client still headquartered in Atlanta. The city and firm have built an enduring relationship focused on skillfully navigating disruption in a way that leads to transformative opportunity. New programs, such as the Entrepreneurs Access Network² (EAN), build on the unparalleled EY history of helping entrepreneurs succeed: 35 years of Entrepreneur Of The Year®³ and 12 years of Entrepreneurial Winning Women™.

EY US Atlanta Office Managing Partner Glenn Mitchell cited the eight Entrepreneur Of The Year winners in last year’s Southeast Region who are based in the Atlanta area as a prime example of the city’s commitment to create long-term value and strong entrepreneurship.

These companies exemplify the resilience we’ve seen in our own people and in Atlanta-area companies. They’ve overcome adversity, continued to innovate at a high level, made significant societal impact and proved their commitment to building values-based organizations.

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