Microsoft seeks help from local community for Atlanta development

Microsoft is encouraging local community groups in Atlanta, Georgia to provide feedback on the development of its new Atlantic Yards campus and data center region in Douglas and Fulton. The project will involve the creation of new office space, public amenities and infrastructure on the West Side of Atlanta.

The company’s growth in the region reflects its commitment to supporting its local workforce and customers and meeting the growing needs of the city.

Microsoft will partner with local architecture firm Cooper Carry, planning consultancy APD Urban Planning and Management, sustainability consultant Transsolar and market research consultant Noell Consulting Group on the project. Integral Group will also consult on real estate impact projects and JLL will lead program management.

Additionally, Microsoft will work with the Community Advisory Board to ensure the plan meets business and community needs.

“Our priority is positive, local impact,” said Michael Lawings, senior director of real estate operations for the Americas for Microsoft. “From inclusive hiring of local vendors, to jobs and affordable housing created for the region, to sustainable building solutions and so much more. We are excited for the opportunity before us and look forward to playing a greater role in empowering the local community and growing with the City of Atlanta.

Microsoft will hold three open town halls starting in June this year to provide Atlanta residents with full transparency and understanding of how their feedback is being used to inform its campus plans.

To further enhance the positive impact it is having in Atlanta, Microsoft also currently offers programs such as the Accelerate Atlanta program, which provides Americans with technology skills. It also offers a program to improve technology education and literacy in schools, which has already reached 101 classrooms and 36 schools since its launch in 2016.