ATLANTA (Dec. 7, 2009)— Atlanta has grown and shifted in the global economy from a regionalcommerce hub, to a truly global city of international influence. As the center of theSoutheast region, which is the leading market for economic growth in U.S, andthe seventh-largest economy (based on Gross Domestic Product) in the world at$2.2 trillion, Atlanta is positioned perfectly to capitalize on the expandingglobalization of the economy in the next decade and beyond.
International companies are discovering Atlantic Station is the right fit for their office needs, and the place they want to locate their business in Atlanta. Recently, Chinamex, a business incubator that connects Chinese companies with those across the globe, selected Atlantic Station for its U.S. headquarters. Chinamex Americas LLC leased nearly 14,000 square feet on the ground floor at201 17th Street, a 17-story, 350,000-square-foot office tower in Atlantic Station (shown at left).
Carter Senior Vice President Mike Shelly, leases the office buildings with Carter Senior Associate Sonia Winfield on behalf of owner AIG Global Real Estate. “International clients are comfortable with Atlantic Station,” commented Shelly. “They understand and are attracted to the live-work-play concept, the amenities the project offers, the superior access, and the sustainability features LEED certified buildings provide.”
Shelly also points to the expansion of Atlanta’sHartsfield-Jackson airport’s international terminal as a major driver for Atlanta’sgrowth as a global commerce leader. Already the No. 1 airport in the world for passenger traffic, projectionsshow 13 million international passengers will travel through the airport by2015, up from 9.2 million in 2008. To accommodate this growth, the new $1.4 billioninternational terminal is scheduled to open in the spring of 2012, and willhelp streamline international arrivals to the facility.
“Atlantic Station’s direct highway access, as wellas public transportation into the terminal through MARTA, eases international businesstravelers commute to the office once they land in Atlanta,” said Shelly. “And once they arrive at AtlanticStation, they are within walking distance to everything they need.”