Thursday, May 19, 2022
The Georgia Historical Society will dedicate a historical marker for Metro Atlanta Chamber on May 19, 2022. The historical marker will be erected in Atlanta, in Fulton County, Georgia. The dedication is a private event.
The historical marker reads:
Metro Atlanta Chamber
The Atlanta Chamber of Commerce was established in 1859 as an attempt to address concerns of local businesses over railroad freight costs. The Chamber reorganized in 1871 to serve the business community and promote commerce. It was responsible for the 1895 Cotton States and International Exposition that showcased Atlanta as a regional business center. In the early twentieth century, the Chamber raised $1.5 million for infrastructure, Grady Hospital, and public schools. The Chamber helped guide Atlanta during the Civil Rights era as the first Georgia business organization to support public school desegregation. Later in the twentieth century, the Chamber campaigned to recruit businesses and improve transportation by advocating for the construction of the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA). Today, the Metro Atlanta Chamber continues to drive the region’s reputation as a global competitor.
Erected by the Georgia Historical Society and
the Metro Atlanta Chamber