Home to nearly 6 million people and more than 150,000 businesses, metro Atlanta continues to be an attractive place for Fortune 500 and 1000 companies because of the regions low cost of doing business, ease of travel around the world throughHartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, the thriving innovative ecosystem, a business-friendly environment and its reputation as a logistics hub, says Gregg Simon, vice president of economic development at theMetro Atlanta Chamber. We offer a steady talent pipeline through our graduates coming out of the regions 66 colleges and universities, he continues. Atlantas economy has been fueled by a decades-long influx of population from around the world, offering a talent pipeline for all of our employers.

One such Fortune 500 company benefiting from the areas offerings is The Coca-Cola Company. On May 8, 1886, Dr. John S. Pemberton, the inventor of Coca-Cola, served the beverage for the first time at Jacobs Pharmacy in Downtown Atlanta. Nearly 130 years later, The Coca-Cola Company remains headquartered just over 1 mile from where the iconic beverage was first enjoyed. Now, The Coca-Cola Company offers more than 3,600 products in more than 200 countries around the world with 1.9 billion servings of its products enjoyed every day. Globally, The Coca-Cola Company, along with it global bottling partners, employs more than 700,000 people, ranking it among the worlds top 10 private employers. More than 9,000 people are employed by the Coca-Cola system in Georgia, most of whom are based in metro Atlanta.

With Atlantas highly skilled and abundant workforce, the area has been a perfect place for Home Depot to thrive. Atlanta is one of the countrys top cities in which to do business, states a representative from the company. It has great entrepreneurial opportunities, great career options and plenty of access to excellent education. Plus, its constantly growing.

Below, see the latest Fortune 500 and 1000rankings for these Atlanta and Georgia-headquartered companies.

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