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THE NEW SOUTH
tlanta gleams amid glass and
steel towers, but the heart of the
South's largest city is its people.
Visitors are likely to be greeted with a big
helping of "How y'all doing" hospitality.
Atlanta may have birthed "Gone with
the Wind," yet today's big, bustling
city is more New South than old. This
diverse population of more than 5 million
residents is decidedly youthful - younger
than the U.S. population and more racially
diverse. You're more than likely to meet
people who came for a weekend and
decided to stay a lifetime.
Atlanta began as a railroad terminus.
It's still a transportation hub, but
with a 21st-century, global approach.
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International
Airport is the busiest airport in the world
with direct, nonstop service to more than
150 U.S. destinations - 80 percent of
those within a two-hour flight - and more
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than 75 international destinations in 50
countries. With MARTA located inside
the airport, visitors can roll into town
without a car.
Centennial Olympic Park, the heart of
downtown's tourist hub, is marked by
playful fountains that draw visitors to
its core. The Atlanta Streetcar glides by
carrying passengers on this modern-day
trolley. Attractions abound at Pemberton
Place with the popular Georgia Aquarium,
World of Coca-Cola and the Center for
Civil and Human Rights. Sports fans
congregate here to visit the College
Football Hall of Fame and to "Rise Up"
for the NFL Falcons at the Georgia
Dome, NBA Hawks and WNBA Dream
at Philips Arena, and the MLB Braves at
The city's rich history comes to life in
Sweet Auburn, once the wealthiest black
community in America. The area is a
mecca for civil rights travelers visiting the
Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic
Site and Ebenezer Baptist Church.
In Atlanta, chef-run restaurants dish
up modern American cuisine in strikingly
beautiful spaces. Among the cutting
edge eateries are cozy diners, cafés
and bistros. The ethnic mom-and-pop
restaurants along Buford Highway offer
menus with little English and lots of flavor.
Locally-owned craft breweries pepper
the city, creating an unofficial brewery
trail for visitors to enjoy.
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of @MPIGNY - Summer 2015
ASK THE BOARD
MPIGNY’S SUMMER BUCKET LIST
MEET THE 2015-2016 MPIGNY BOARD OF DIRECTORS
TRAVELING FOR WEC: WHAT WILL YOU DO FIRST IN SAN FRANCISCO?
DAY IN THE LIFE
REDISCOVER ATLANTIC CITY
ADVANCING MEDICAL MEETINGS AND HEALTHCARE COMPLIANCE
A GENERATIONAL SHIFT IN EVENT DESIGN
5 SECRETS OF POWER NETWORKERS
THE GENIE AWARDS
SUMMER KICK-OFF PARTY
NOTES FROM THE FIELD
ATLANTA: THE NEW SOUTH
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