Private Equity Supports Atlanta's Progress

Private equity (PE), while significantly different and less developed than other available investment options such as equities, bonds or currency, is still founded on the fundamental principles of due diligence, strategic acquisition and exit, all dependent on a given rate of return. The innovation hubs such as Silicon Valley have a strong reputation for investment opportunity, but these markets have grown increasingly saturated.

With a significant concentration of business activity in Atlanta, the metro area has emerged as a budding market for private equity and venture capitalist investors. Successful professionals who grew up in Atlanta or fell in love with the city after relocated are looking to support the continued growth of the area, and private equity investment is a crucial aspect to the cycle.

Private Equity investments have made amazing contributions to our economy, according to U.S. PE companies grew jobs by 70% from 1998 through 2015, while all other companies grew jobs by 24%. Similarly, over the same period U.S. PE companies grew sales by 83% versus the 25% contribution from all other U.S. companies. These impressive statistics are almost entirely due to middle market deals that significantly improve local economies. In Georgia, PE backed businesses grew jobs by 110% between 1998 and 2015.

Clearly continued PE investment in Atlanta will spur growth going forward, and as the U.S. economy as a whole truly begins to expand following a slow recovery from the 2008 financial crisis, optimism is warranted. Atlanta's startup incubator and accelerator environment continues to heat up as other investors and institutions acknowledge the real opportunities in Atlanta's bright future.

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