Created in 1973 by Georgia law and a resolution of the Fulton County Board of Commissioners as a special unit of the county government, the Authority provides wide-ranging economic development services on behalf of Fulton County. The Authority also funds community based economic development initiatives.
Seeking to stimulate diverse, high-quality economic development, the Authority provides taxable and tax-exempt bond financing pursuant to Georgia Development Authorities law and Policy Development Incentives created by the Fulton County Board of Commissioners.
The Authority serves clients of all sizes, from small, entrepreneurial enterprises to major corporations and iconic institutions such as UPS, Newell Rubbermaid, Chick-fil-A, Morehouse College, Cox Enterprises, Turner Broadcasting, and Georgia Tech. Funded projects have endowed everything from education, health care and transportation to arts and culture.
The Authority's jurisdiction encompasses all of unincorporated Fulton County and its municipalities, including the city of Atlanta. The Authority works closely with other state and local development organizations as well as with area chambers of commerce. The Authority is a charter member of the Joint Development Authority of Metropolitan Atlanta.