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Atlanta Business Signs

In 1836, the Georgia General Assembly voted to build the Western and Atlantic Railroad.  This train line would serve as a link between the port of Savannah and the American Midwest.  A terminus was set up in between and soon became a bustling settlement.  Initially known as “Terminus”, the city went through a few names including “Thrasherville” (after a local merchant), and “Marthasville” (after the Governor’s daughter).  Eventually, however, J. Edgar Thomson, Chief Engineer of the Georgia Railroad, suggested it should be renamed “Atlantica-Pacifica”.  This was soon shortened to Atlanta, which was incorporated on December 29th, 1847.

 

Atlanta is the capital of and most populous city in the state of Georgia.  It was estimated in 2013 that the city is home to a population of 447,841.  The wider Atlanta metropolitan area is estimated to have a population of 5,522,942, making it the ninth largest metropolitan area in the US.

Atlanta ranks 15th among world cities and sixth in the country with a GDP of $270 billion, which makes it an ‘alpha’ or ‘world city’.  The city’s economy is dominated by sectors such as logistics, professional and business services, media operation, and information technology.

Atlanta contains the U.S.’ third largest concentration of Fortune 500 companies and it serves as the global headquarters of The Coca-Cola Company, The Home Depot, Delta Air Lines, AT&T Mobility, UPS, and Newell-Rubbermaid.  Atlanta also holds the distinction of being a major cable television programming hub.  The headquarters of CNN and TBS as well as Cox Enterprises and The Weather Channel are located in and around the city.

Culturally, Atlanta is at the forefront of the arts.  It is one of the few US cities with permanent, professional, resident companies in all major performing arts disciplines: music (Atlanta Symphony Orchestra), theater (the Alliance Theatre), opera (Atlanta Opera), and ballet (Atlanta Ballet).  Atlanta’s High Museum of Art is the South’s leading art museum and one of the most-visited art museums in the world.

Atlanta’s other main attraction is the Georgia Aquarium.  It houses more than 100,000 animals, representing 500 species, and when it opened in 2005, it was the world’s largest aquarium.  Denizens of the aquarium include four whale sharks, eleven bottlenose dolphins, four beluga whales, and four manta rays.

When it comes to sports, Atlanta isn’t lacking.  Hosts of the 1996 Summer Olympics, Atlanta is also home to professional franchises for several major team sports.  (With an expansion franchise on the way in MLS in 2017)  These franchises are MLB’s Atlanta Braves, who play at Turner Field, the NBA’s Atlanta Hawks, who play in Philips Arena along with the WNBA’s Atlanta Dream, and the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons, who play in the Georgia Dome.

If you own a small business in Atlanta, or would like to, check out these invaluable resources to help you hit the ground running:

Apply for a Business License in Atlanta

Georgia District Office of the U.S. Small Business Administration

Georgia Chamber of Commerce

Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce

Are you looking for Atlanta business signs for your small business?

How about one of our authorized Sign.com members:

Applied Aesthetics
2931 Lewis St Suite 500
Kennesaw, GA 30144
770-485-9199
www.appliedaestheticsga.com

Custom Signs Today
2720 Piedmont Rd. NE
Atlanta, GA 30305
404-264-9334
www.cstgraphics.com

FIRE DOG Design
525 Bishop Street NW Suite S
Atlanta, GA 30318
404-907-2953
www.firedogdesign.com

Image360 Tucker (Indigo Signs)
4404 Hugh Howell Rd. Suite 15
Tucker, GA 30084
770-939-0902
www.image360.com/TuckerGA

Signs & More, Inc
83 Peeples Valley Road Suite 104
Cartersville, GA 30121
770-383-8808
www.signsmoreinc.com

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