In the early 2000s, Atlanta was pitched to host the headquarters of the Free Trade Area of the Americas. While the effort failed, the result was a marked increase in the city’s hemispheric connectivity that has never been fully explored.
A few trends emerged in the aftermath:
• Delta Air Lines expanded nonstop routes from Atlanta significantly — with service to 30 Latin American and Caribbean destinations and stronger partnerships in Brazil and Mexico
• With Latinos representing 1 of 10 Atlantans, 20+ LATAM countries set up consulates here
• Local universities started recruiting more heavily from countries like Colombia and Panama
• Central America’s growing stability drew factories, property investors and medical tourists With Delta’s help, Global Atlanta has traveled extensively throughout the region.
Now we’re embarking on a yearlong exploration of Atlanta’s multifaceted ties there as the city positions itself as a counterpoint to Miami. The series includes monthly, country-specific roundtables featuring experts from business, academia and diplomacy. These will be accompanied by special news reports that will be published digitally to more than 10,000 readers and released at each event. In this time of uncertainty, shining a spotlight on these productive connections will help decision makers in companies and government gain a more accurate picture of why international relations matter to local populations — even in their own backyard.
In the last two years, Global Atlanta has sent reporters to 10 countries to uncover the untold stories of how Atlanta’s business, educational and cultural influencers have made inroads in the region’s economies:
- Costa Rica