Metro Atlanta Chamber Named Newest Honoree in Georgia Business History Initiative

Staff Report

Tuesday, May 24th, 2022

The Georgia Historical Society welcomed the Metro Atlanta Chamber as the newest member of the Georgia Business History initiative at a ceremony and historical marker unveiling on May 19, 2022, at its headquarters in Atlanta. The Metro Atlanta Chamber is a 163-year-old organization that represents businesses, colleges and universities, and nonprofits across the 29-county region that makes up the nation’s ninth-largest market.

“Today really is a celebration of our region, our community, our work, but is also a reminder as we look to the future,” said Katie Kirkpatrick, President and CEO of Metro Atlanta Chamber. “We look back to our accomplishments in the Civil Rights era, our work with Grady, as well as our work in infrastructure and public education. These pieces serve as a charge to all of us to continue to pursue partnership, opportunity, and community, with an eye on the advancement of all people in this region.”

Each year the Georgia Historical Society selects iconic companies and institutions throughout the state to be honored through its Business History Initiative. Those selected are leaders and pioneers in their respective fields that have made significant contributions to the state of Georgia. By choosing these companies and institutions, GHS seeks to teach Georgia students, citizens, and tourists alike about the pivotal role these companies have played in the economic, cultural, and social development of Georgia and the United States.

“The story of Georgia in the 20th and 21st centuries is really one of business and its impact, not only on this state and America, but really on the world,” Dr. W. Todd Groce, Ph.D., president and CEO of the Georgia Historical Society, said at the ceremony.