Atlanta saw many announcements, grand openings, jobs and new opportunities in 2014
ATT Drive Studio Opening
Just months after opening the AT&T Foundry innovation center, AT&T mobility ignited a new innovative endeavor – the AT&T Drive Studio. The 5,000 square-foot center houses the development of automotive connectivity, or in other words, the creation of the “connected car.” The studio works with automakers to create innovative technology that will improve safety, convenience and entertainment for drivers.
On the cusp of the new Falcon’s Stadium announcement came another big announcement for Atlanta sports. In April, Major League Soccer announced it would expand its franchise to Atlanta to begin play in 2017. The new team will be owned by Arthur Blank, owner of the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons, and will play at the new world-class stadium upon its completion.
New Atlanta Stadium groundbreaking
Although the new home of the Atlanta Falcons won’t open until 2017, it broke ground on May 19. The new state-of-the-art Atlanta Stadium will serve as a multi-purpose venue for sports, civic, cultural, and commercial events.
National Center for Civil and Human Rights
In June, a national landmark opened in Atlanta. The National Center for Civil and Human Rights is an engaging cultural attraction that connects the American Civil Rights Movement to today’s Global Human Rights Movements.
Braves stadium announcement
The Atlanta Falcons aren’t the only sports team flying to a new home. The Atlanta Braves announced it would leave Turner Field for SunTrust Park in 2017. The new location is a short distance from downtown Atlanta, near the northwest intersection of I-75 and I-285 in Cobb County.
Ponce City Market/Athena Healthcare opening
In August, Ponce City Market opened its doors. In September, athenahealth also opened its doors in the the 2-million-square-foot multi-use project. The Massachusetts-based health IT company brought 200 employees initially and will add up to 600 jobs to Atlanta.
College Football Hall of Fame
Football fans rejoiced as the College Football Hall of Fame made its way to the heart of Atlanta in August. CFHOF offers an interactive experience where attendees have the opportunity to represent and learn about his or her team of choice throughout the visit.
There’s a new kid on the block – the Atlanta Streetcar. Although it isn't set to run until early 2015, 2014 saw the completion of the track and its first test-runs. The completed first-phase connects the Centennial Olympic Park area to the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site.
NCAA Final Four Announcement
The new Atlanta stadium will also be home to the 2020 NCAA Men’s Final Four tournament. The 2020 event marks the fifth time Atlanta has hosted the men’s Final Four, which was also played here in 1977, 2002, 2007 and 2013.