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City of Atlanta Featured in Fortune Magazine’s “World’s Most Admired Companies” Issue
Posted Date: 3/4/2013 10:30 AM
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News Release

City of Atlanta Featured in Fortune Magazine’s “World’s Most Admired Companies” Issue 

Special reception hosted today by Fortune magazine at the Commerce Club

ATLANTA - The City of Atlanta will be featured prominently in a special advertising section of Fortune magazine’s “World’s Most Admired Companies” issue, which hits newsstands today. The section details why Atlanta is a great place to do business for both Fortune 500 companies and innovative start-ups.

Fortune will host a reception celebrating the publication of the Atlanta section from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. today (March 4, 2013) at The Commerce Club, 191 Peachtree Street.

The Atlanta section focuses on companies and organizations with operations in metropolitan Atlanta, and includes interviews with business leaders such as Muhtar Kent, CEO of Coca-Cola; Michael D. Casey, CEO of Carter’s; and Carol Tome, Chief Financial Officer of The Home Depot, as well as Mayor Reed and Brian McGowan, CEO of Invest Atlanta, the city’s economic development agency. These corporate and civic leaders discuss how the business climate and talent pool in Atlanta have helped them prosper and enhanced the quality of life in the city. The 22-page section includes more than 13 pages of copy about Atlanta, including why the city is:

• Ranked No. 3 in terms of Fortune 500 companies.
• Considered among the best in the nation for the lowest cost of doing business.
• Among the nation’s top three distribution cities, with 40 percent of North American manufacturing and distribution centers within 500 miles of the city.
• Home to 57 colleges and universities, which enroll more than 250,000 students annually, and seven technical colleges, which enroll 60,000 students each year.
• Home to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, No. 1 in the world for passenger volume with 95 million passengers in 2012.

“When you look at what Atlanta is doing in terms of business attraction, I think we’re maintaining our position as the leading city in the Southeast,” said Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed. “That’s my job and what I think about everyday when I wake up: How do I make sure that the city of Atlanta is the most important city in the Southeast? This special section in Fortune tells Atlanta’s business story well, and I appreciate the business leaders who continue to support and invest in our city, its neighborhoods and its residents.”

FORTUNE is a global leader in business journalism with a domestic print and tablet circulation of over 845,000 and a global readership of nearly 5 million. FORTUNE publishes major franchises such as the FORTUNE 500, World’s Most Admired Companies and the FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For. FORTUNE Live Media extends the brand's mission into live events, hosting a wide range of annual conferences, including the FORTUNE Most Powerful Women Summit and the FORTUNE Global Forum. FORTUNE publishes English-language editions in Europe and Asia, and local-language editions in China, Turkey, South Korea, Indonesia and India., which draws more than 14.6 million visitors a month, is the online home of

For media RSVPs to the reception, please contact Anne Torres at

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