The Department of Aviation at Hartsfield-Jackson worked with the other honorees — College Park Business and Industrial Development Authority (BIDA) and Grove Street Partners — to ensure a successful transportation component of the Gateway Center, which is connected to the Airport and its rental car center via the elevated ATL SkyTrain.
“We are honored to be recognized as part of the team that made the Gateway Center the successful hub of business and conference activity that it increasingly is becoming,” said Aviation General Manager Louis Miller. “Hartsfield-Jackson is committed to being a good neighbor to the surrounding communities, and helping to boost economic development is rewarding. We plan to remain an active partner in this project and to promote its ongoing growth and the reinvigoration of the area surrounding it.”
The ARC jury members noted that the Gateway Center has great potential for economic development in the area by creating the foundation for an aerotropolis of businesses and convention centers linked by streamlined transportation options in College Park.
The jury members said that Hartsfield-Jackson “played a key role in the ultimate success of this project” through its decade-plus work to create the rental car center and the ATL SkyTrain. “These investments helped make the Gateway Center development a reality and an appealing choice for this award and are part of the larger story.”
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport
Hartsfield-Jackson is the world’s busiest airport, serving more than 92 million passengers annually with nonstop service to 160 U.S. destinations and nearly 70 international destinations in more than 45 countries. The Airport is a frequent recipient of awards of excellence for concessions, operations, architectural engineering and construction - including the 2011 Global and North American Airport Efficiency Excellence Award from the Air Transport Research Society (for more information, go to www.atrsworld.org). It is undergoing $6 billion-plus in capital improvements, which include a new, energy-efficient rental car center; a new, 12-gate international terminal (for more information, go to www.atlanta-airport.com/internationalterminal/;and aesthetic and functional upgrades to its concourses, people movers and parking services. For more information, go to www.atlanta-airport.com. Check out the Airport’s YouTube channel by visiting http://www.youtube.com/AtlantaHartsfield, and become a fan on Facebook.