Atlanta has served as a focal point for the South since it was established as the end of the Atlantic railroad line in 1836. Today, Atlanta is still connecting people, business and culture.
After Atlanta was burned to the ground during the Civil War, an improved city consisting of higher education and new industries rose from the ashes.
In the 1960s Atlanta served as the civil rights movement headquarters and was led by Georgia natives like Martin Luther King Jr. and Ralph David Abernathy.
The 1996 Summer Olympic Games, held in Atlanta, sparked new infrastructure throughout the city, including parks, sporting venues and transportation systems.
The 1990s and early 2000s represented an era of population diversification, booming economy and emerging cultural and tourist scenes.
Atlanta hosts a rich, diverse mix of neighborhoods offering unique foods, history, experiences and entertainment to both visitors and residents. Visitors have a range of attractions to enjoy during their stay. Those that enjoy history and culture can visit the Center for Civil and Human Rights, the High Museum of Art and the King Center. Tourists interested in Atlanta’s diverse industries can visit the World of Coca-Cola and the CNN Center.
This unique city is not just home to major public relations firms such as Edelman, Porter Novelli, Ketchum, Jackson Spaulding and MSLGROUP, but to the entertainment industry as well. Affectionately known as “Y’allywood,” Atlanta has become a new venue for the film industry. Already famous as the home of “The Walking Dead,” “Drop Dead Diva,” “Satisfaction” and “The Originals,” the Atlanta skyline is becoming more popular as a backdrop for entertainment.
Atlanta, Georgia is much more than meets the eye, especially when it comes to public relations. From non-profit public relations to sports public relations — Atlanta has it all. It continues to be a progressive city and embraces change as it looks toward an even brighter future. The PRSSA 2015 National Conference is an opportunity for attendees to experience a city in which public relations grows every day.
Join us in Atlanta for the largest congregation of public relations students in the country. Come prepared to network with professionals and PRSSA members from around the country and get ready to learn from a wide variety of sessions tailored to your career goals and professional interests.
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