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In November 2005, Georgia STAND-UP and the Atlanta North Georgia Labor Council had a historic win as the Atlanta City Council created a requirement to include community benefits for the first time on a major economic development project, the BeltLine, in the city of Atlanta. The largest public infrastructure project in the country, the BeltLine is a $1.67 billion publicly funded project that promises to create a 22 –mile transit system, double the greenspace in the City of Atlanta, create more than 37,500 permanent jobs and 48,000 construction jobs, create 5,600 affordable workforce housing units, and spur more than $200 billion in private development over 25 years.
Since this historic win, Georgia STAND-UP is engaged in an on-going campaign to increase community engagement opportunities and push for a comprehensive, detailed community benefits policy package for the BeltLine project.
For more information and updates on the current status of the BeltLine Community Benefits campaign, please sign-up for our e-alerts or check out when the next Beltline meeting is.