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Honest, Efficient and Responsive have been part of the City's motto since incorporation in 2005. These guiding principles are integrated into the City's core operations which utilizes a Public-Private model for the provision of city services. Held accountable for product and service, this business model fosters a proactive, responsive and efficient approach to providing services. A 24-hour staffed Call Center offers residents, businesses, and visitors a one-number connection. 

Strategic Location

If you are seeking a location in the center of it all, you’ve found a home in Sandy Springs. Positioned in the heart of the metro area, Sandy Springs offers convenient access to the surrounding communities including Midtown and Downtown Atlanta. Interstate I-285 and Georgia 400 provide those needing to travel north, east, south or west, easy access. 

The geographic heart of the metropolitan Atlanta area rests in Sandy Springs. Two limited access highways: Georgia 400 (running north-south) and I-285 (running east-west) intersect Sandy Springs, enhancing travel throughout the metro area. The city is served by four MARTA rail stations within its Perimeter marketplace, with a direct route to Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. The city is served by eight MARTA bus routes and four GRTA Xpress routes serving commuters from Cumming and Conyers to the Perimeter area. 

Traffic is a challenge faced throughout the metro Atlanta area, especially as growth is predicted to continue in the region. The City has invested in and continues to focus on, transportation improvements. The City invests almost 20 percent of its annual budget in capital projects with a goal to improve mobility. Dollars are spent on existing infrastructure to help it function more efficiently. The City is also expanding its traffic technology systems. For example, the commute on Roswell Road is now 32 hours less per year than it was in 2005 due to the investment in traffic management technology providing traffic signal timing based on real-time traffic counts. In November 2016, voters approved a .75 cent tax as part of a T-SPLOST initiative, which will accelerate a large number of traffic efficiency improvements, as well as multi-modal programs creating sidewalks and bike paths, in addition to last mile connectivity needed to enhance transit use. 

 

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Headquarters for Headquarters

Of the Fortune 500 companies headquartered in the metro Atlanta area, four are located within Sandy Springs. The city is also home to three Fortune 1000 companies.

United Parcel Service (UPS) - #46
WestRock - #194
Veritiv - #331
Intercontinental Exchange - #437
Graphic Packaging Holding Co - #562
BMC Stock Holding, Inc. - #712
Beazer Homes USA, Inc - #990 

Advantages and Accolades

WHY SANDY SPRINGS?

More than 6,000 businesses currently call Sandy Springs home, as do three international consulates: Colombia, India, and Nigeria. From world-known corporations, such as UPS, First Data, and Intercontinental Exchange (parent of the New York Stock Exchange), to small, family-owned retailers and restaurants, the business community realizes a strong return on investment dollars.

While the City’s residential population is estimated just over 106,000, the daytime population more than doubles with a vibrant workforce attracted to the variety of opportunities including Cox Communications, Mercedes-Benz, and Graphic Packaging. Our Perimeter Center business district is considered one of the largest Class A office markets within the Southeast, and 123,000+ workers are based in this business district.

The largest employers within Sandy Springs are hospitals, headquarters and regional offices from a variety of industries including computer-related services, package delivery, telecommunications, media, financial transaction processing and more.  

Sandy Springs is home to three nationally-recognized hospitals: Northside Hospital, St. Joseph’s Hospital (Emory Healthcare) and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, comprising 40 percent of the hospital beds in the region and more than 20 percent of the City’s total employment.   

Since incorporation in 2005, Sandy Springs has received several honors. Among those awards:

  • 2019, #7 - Best City for STEM Professionals, WalletHub
  • 2018, Georgia's Best City to Live In, Insider.com
  • 2018, #9 - Healthiest Cities in America, Niche Magazine
  • 2018, #14 - Most Diverse Cities in the U.S., WalletHub
  • 2017, #8 - Safest Cities in Georgia, SafeHome
  • 2017, #9 - Top Ten Towns to Live, Nest.com
  • 2017, Top Ten City for Millennials, Washington Post
  • 2016, Community Redevelopment Award - City Springs, Metro Atlanta Summit
  • 2016, Best Suburb in metro Atlanta for Millennials, Niche Magazine
  • 2016, #2 - ISO Rating
  • 2015, Best Town for Millennials, Niche Magazine
  • 2014, #2 - Best Small Cities for Working Women, Nerdwallet
  • 2014, Best New Park - Abernathy Greenway, Atlanta Magazine
  • 2014, #12 - Fastest Growing Cities, Forbes
  • 2012, #7 - Best Places for the Rich and Single, CNN Money
  • 2011, Keep Georgia Beautiful for New Park Development (Overlook Park)
  • 2010, Center for Civic Innovation, Government Trailblazer Award for the PPP model
  • 2010, Top 25 Towns to Live Well, Forbes
  • 2010, #4 - Best Places to Live, CNN Money
  • 2010, Pioneer Institute Better Government Competition, Runner-up

2017 Largest Private Employers

Technology firms, especially those in the financial transaction and security industries, dominate the City's largest employer list. The listing below does not include the impact of the City's three hospitals, which collectively employ more than 11,000 people.

Location

In Sandy Springs, residents get the best of both worlds; they can live a relaxed life in a tree-lined setting while still able to take advantage of the City’s urban amenities. Sandy Springs is also a mere 15-minute drive to Downtown Atlanta, offering quick access to the metro area’s host of museums, galleries and other attractions. SunTrust Stadium, the new home of the Atlanta Braves, is just over the Chattahoochee River in Cobb County. 

Transportation Access

Sandy Springs is at the crossroads of the most traveled east-west and north-south connections in the metro Atlanta area. The City has prime access to Interstate 285 and Georgia Highway 400, with Interstate 75 located just west of the City’s border. The City is also served by four stations on the MARTA rail transit system.

Highway access also makes traveling easy. Regional amenities, such as the Chattahoochee River Corridor, downtown Atlanta attractions such as World of Coke, Georgia Aquarium, and Centennial Olympic Park; and the North Georgia Mountains are all within an hour drive of Sandy Springs.

Efficient Local Government

Sandy Springs is world-renowned for its Public-Private Partnership (PPP) for the provision of local government services – the largest implementation of this model in the country. Under this model, all general city services, with the exception of public safety (police and fire) and the City Manager’s executive team, are private contractors. From paving to parks, services are carried out through agreements with private companies, with the quality of service a key metric of performance. The Public-Private Partnership model provides more flexibility in service delivery with regards to resource allocation, processes, and shared services; enables the City to hire experts in the field and utilize a smaller workforce, and performance guarantees hold the contractors accountable for meeting goals.

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