The Greater Atlanta Economic Alliance is a grantee of the U.S. Department of Transportation and hosts the Mid South Atlantic Regional Small Business Transportation Resource Center (MA SBTRC). The Mid South Atlantic SBTRC serves the states of Georgia, South Carolina and Tennessee.
The Greater Atlanta Economic Alliance (the Alliance) was formed in 2000 as a comprehensive outreach and educational tool to increase the business capacity of small, female and minority-owned firms, and to disseminate information about the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport’s multi-billion dollar capital improvement project. The Alliance has since become the premier communication, outreach, technical assistance and training program geared towards Atlanta’s construction community. These four mechanisms have been instrumental in preparing small, female and minority-owned businesses for bidding and working on large-scale projects in the construction and transportation industries. The organization has impacted more than 200,000 individuals and over 500 small, female and minority-owned construction businesses. Its training and technical assistance programs have boosted the city’s construction labor pool, aided in firms receiving substantial contracting awards and enhanced business development strategies.
The Alliance’s partnerships with and support from corporations, government agencies, and non-profit groups allow the organization to reach an unprecedented number of contractors, suppliers, venders and manufacturers.
The Mid-South Atlantic Region SBTRC provides an array of technical assistance to build the capacity of small and disadvantaged businesses that include:
- Business Analyses
- Market Research and Procurement Assistance
- General Management & Technical Assistance
- Business Counseling & Coaching
- Regional Planning Committees
- Liaison between Prime Contractors and Sub-Contractors
- Outreach/Conference Participation
- Capital Access and Surety Bond Assistance
- Women & Girls In Transportation Initiative (WITI)