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Untie Atlanta

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Atlanta is in a knot. Traffic is choking metro Atlanta. You and I both know traffic is a time killer and the congestion in Atlanta seems to never end. The average metro commuter spends $924 a year in gasoline and wasted time. In fact, businesses have actually moved out of Atlanta citing traffic as a major reason why. Potential businesses are discouraged from moving to Atlanta and creating jobs because of the zoo that we call "Atlanta traffic." This not only creates a headache but added costs and frustration.

Improvements are needed ASAP otherwise, ATL could lose a tremendous edge in bringing new businesses, sporting events, and arts venues. As the Capitol of the South and a major international city, action is needed.

The solution? On July 31, Atlantans and those in the metro area will have the opportunity to make history by voting "Yes" to the Regional Transportation Referendum. A vote of "yes," will help untie the traffic by funding numerous transporation projects across the metro Atlanta region, which grows daily. A vote of "yes," will be an effective movement toward making Atlanta competitive again in terms of bringing in new businesses, venues, and increasing quality of life.

The referendum itself is funded by Atlanta and metro area citizens who pay an extra penny on the dollar for purchased goods through a Transporation Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (TSPLOST). So yes, I am a pro-business economist advocating taxation here, and only because of the long-term effects of what this legislation means not just for the beautiful city of Atlanta, but Georgia's economy as a whole.

This referendum will pave the way for a stronger economy across the board. Think about this: If you are a business owner who has heard about the great things happening in Atlanta and seriously considering relocating your company headquarters there, you take into consideration many factors. One of those critical factors is mobility, in reference to traffic. You've heard from a few colleagues that Atlanta's traffic is a hot mess. However, keeping a close eye on things and weighing Atlanta against other cities, you still believe this place would be a great fit for your enterprise. Then, you hear about a transportation referendum that citizens voted "yes," for. This shows you that Atlantans and its business community are serious about alleviating the issue. And thus makes you feel that Atlanta is undoubtedly, the best place to relocate your business. So you also vote "yes" to move to the metro Atlanta area and upon arrival, you create thousands of jobs, bring in millions of dollars, and now you're telling your doubtful colleagues they were wrong about Atlanta and should also consider moving some operations to the city. You, my friend, have just strengthened not only Atlanta's, but also Georgia's and ultimately the US' economies.

A vote of "yes" will, in my belief, have a greater and potentially more positive effect on the city of Atlanta than the 1996 Summer Olympics. It is so critical to Georgia's future that Georgia Governor Nathan Deal and many other business leaders have publicly advocated support for the referendum.

Seeing the bigger picture, this benefits Georgia business and industries everywhere for a very long time. Business recruitment, access to the World's Busiest Aiport, or conferences and seminars are namely just a few benefits to businesses and Georgia economic development, from our beloved Port of Savannah to the manufacturing base of my hometown of Dalton.

Atlantans and non-Atlantans alike will enjoy less time stuck in traffic and more time at their respective destinations. Whether that's a Braves game, rising up with the Falcons, or watching the Hawks blow another playoff series (I had to do it! something seriously needs to be done), going to a concert, hanging out with family and friends, commuting to work or church, or most importantly, at home.

Atlantans, let your voice be heard, vote "yes" on July 31st!

Thanks for reading, God Bless.

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