Georgia World Congress Center Authority

Georgia World Congress Center AuthorityGHS welcomes the Georgia World Congress Center Authority (GWCCA) as an honoree of the Georgia Business History Initiative.  As the organization responsible for overseeing three of the primary sites associated with the 1996 Olympic Games held in Atlanta, GWCCA is focusing attention through this Initiative on the impact of the Games on the economic development of Atlanta and the state of Georgia over the past twenty years.


A Georgia historical marker for the 1996 Summer Olympics was dedicated on November 1, 2016. The marker reads:

1996 Summer Olympics
Games of the XXVI Olympiad

From July 19 through August 4, 1996, Atlanta hosted the Centennial Summer Olympic Games, the largest event in Atlanta’s history. In 1990, the International Olympic Committee chose Atlanta over five other cities. Atlanta attorney Billy Payne and Mayor Andrew Young were the prime architects of the winning bid. Preparations had an estimated economic impact of at least $5.14 billion. Civic leaders built new sports venues, created park space, improved sidewalks and streets, and altered housing patterns. During the Olympics more than 2 million visitors came to Atlanta, and an estimated 3.5 billion people around the world watched on television. For the first time, all nations invited sent athletes, more than 10,000 competitors from 197 nations. The 1996 Olympics promoted Atlanta’s image as an international city, positioning it to play an important role in global commerce.

Erected by the Georgia Historical Society and the Georgia World Congress Center Authority

1996 Summer Olympics