Business Climate

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Sandy Springs is a demographically diverse community covering a 38-square-mile area in North Fulton County. Sandy Springs is the second largest city in the metropolitan Atlanta area and is the sixth largest city in the state.

The City is positioned in the heart of the metro area, providing an attractive geographic and demographic focal point. The City offers an ideal location and convenient access in a progressive and pioneering environment.


These businesses newly located or announced relocation since 2014:

  • Drax BioMass (50 employees)
  • Veritiv (150 employees)
  • Mercedes Benz USA (800 employees)
  • BMC (100 employees)
  • Amtrak (250 employees)
  • CSM Bakery (125 employees)

Strategic Location

If you are seeking a location in the center of it all, you’ve found a home in Sandy Springs. The City, located just north of the city of Atlanta, is served by five Interstate interchanges on Interstate 285 and Georgia Highway 400. Those living and working in Sandy Springs also receive transportation assistance through four stations on the MARTA transit system.

For those who frequently travel by air, Sandy Springs is only 30 minutes away via car or MARTA train from Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, the busiest in the world.  The H-J International Airport, called the “most-traveled” based on passenger volume, helps nearly 250,000 passengers each day and more than 92 million each year.  From “Hartsfield,” you are within a two-hour flight of 80 percent of the U.S. population. [1]

Sandy Springs Transportation Map

transportation map

[1] Source: Hartsfield-

Fortune 500 Companies

First Data Corporation

Fortune 100 Companies

Axiall Corporation
Intercontinental Exchange
Graphic Packaging Holding Co.
Global Payments Inc


Advantages and Accolades


More than 5,500 businesses currently call Sandy Springs home.  From world-known corporations, such as UPS, First Data, and Intercontinental Exchange (parent of the New York Stock Exchange), to small, family-owned retailers and restaurants, the business community realizes a strong return on investment dollars.

While the City’s residential population hovers just under 100,000, the daytime population more than doubles with a vibrant workforce attracted to the variety of opportunities including Cox Communications, AirWatch, and Graphic Packaging.  Our Perimeter Center business district is considered one of the largest Class A office markets within the Southeast, and 123,000 workers are based in this business district.

The largest employers within Sandy Springs are hospitals, headquarters and regional offices from a variety of industries including computer-related services, package delivery, telecommunications, media, financial transaction processing and more.  

Sandy Springs is home to three nationally-recognized hospitals: Northside Hospital, St. Joseph’s Hospital (Emory Healthcare) and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, comprising 40 percent of the hospital beds in the region and more than 20 percent of the City’s total employment.   

The City is home to many international businesses including six Consulates, six bi-lateral Chambers of Commerce and two Trade Offices.  The Consulates include Colombia, Czech Republic, India, Netherlands, Nigeria and Spain. In addition, Australia, Czech Republic, Israel, The Netherlands and South Africa all have Chambers of Commerce and Hong Kong and Thailand have Trade Offices in Sandy Springs.

Since incorporation in 2005, Sandy Springs has received several honors. Among those awards:

  • 2007, Crown Community for the start up of the City’s Fire Rescue Department
  • 2010, Pioneer Institute Better Government Competition, Runner-up
  • 2010, Crown Community for initiatives aimed at increasing cardiac arrest survival rates
  • 2010, 9th Wealthiest Community in the Country, Money Magazine
  • 2010, Best Places to Live – #4, CNN/Money
  • 2010, Top 25 Towns to Live Well, Forbes
  • 2010, Center for Civic Innovation, Government Trailblazer Award for the Public-Private Partnership model
  • 2011, Keep Georgia Beautiful for New Park Development (Overlook Park)
  • 2012, Best Places for the Rick and Single – #7, CNN/Money
  • 2014, Fastest Growing Cities – #12, Forbes

2014 Largest Private Employers

Technology firms, especially those in the financial transaction and security industries, dominate the City's largest employer list. The listing below does not include the impact of the City's three hospital, which collectively employ more than 11,000 people.

top employers


In Sandy Springs, residents get the best of both worlds; they can live a relaxed life in a tree-lined setting while still able to take advantage of the City’s urban amenities.  Sandy Springs is also a mere 15-minute drive to Downtown Atlanta, offering quick access to the metro area’s host of museums, galleries and other attractions. The new Atlanta Braves stadium is currently under construction within two miles of the City's border with Cobb County. 

Transportation access

Sandy Springs is at the crossroads of the most traveled east-west and north-south connections in the metro Atlanta area.  The City has prime access to Interstate 285 and Georgia Highway 400, with Interstate 75 located just west of the City’s border.  The City is also served by four stations on the MARTA rail transit system.

Highway access also makes traveling easy. Regional amenities, such as the Chattahoochee River Corridor, downtown Atlanta attractions such as World of Coke, Georgia Aquarium and Centennial Olympic Park, and the North Georgia Mountains  are all within an hour drive of Sandy Springs.

Efficient local government

The City of Sandy Springs tax rate has remained flat since incorporation in 2005, and the City has no debt.  Sandy Springs is world renown for its public-private partnership (PPP) for the provision of local government services – the largest implementation of this model in the country.  

Under this model, all general city services, with the exception of public safety (police and fire) and the City Manager’s executive team, are private contractors.  From paving to parks, services are carried out through agreements with private companies, with quality of service a key metric of performance.  The Public-Private model provides more flexibility in service delivery with regards to resource allocation, processes and shared services; enables the City to hire experts in the field and utilize a smaller workforce; and performance guarantees hold the contractors accountable for meeting goals. 

High quality of life

Sandy Springs is a family-oriented community, focused on providing a safe environment in which to live and work. The City is committed to providing the highest quality of services to meet the needs of its residents, businesses and visitors, providing responsive, best-in-class service.painter

A 2010 National Citizen Survey concluded:

  • 83% of residents rated Sandy Springs Overall Quality of Life as either Good or Excellent
  • 76% of residents rated the City’s overall direction as either Good or Excellent
  • 75% of residents rated the Overall Image or Reputation of Sandy Springs as either Good or Excellent
  • 75% of residents rate the city’s overall cleanliness as either Good or Excellent
  • 90% of residents rate Sandy Springs as a Good or Excellent place to live
  • 80% of residents rate Sandy Springs as a Good or Excellent place to work

Sandy Springs boasts nationally recognized public schools and world-class private schools, ensuring all students in the area the opportunity to receive a quality education.  Sandy Springs is within the Fulton County School System, one of the largest and oldest school districts in Georgia, and the entire school system operates on the Charter model.  The City is served by 7 elementary schools, 2 middle schools and 2 high public high schools.  In addition, there are 41 private schools that serve the area.

City Recognitions:

  • 2014 Ranked number 1 by Credit Donkey for the Best City to Retire in Georgia
  • 2014 Ranked 36 by City Biz (highest among Georgia cities) as Most Livable Mid-size Cities in the U.S.
  • 2014 Ranked number 2 by Nerdwallet for Best Small Cities for Working Women
  • 2014 Ranked number 8 by Nerdwallet for Cities On The Rise in Georgia (based on population growth, employment growth and income growth)
  • 2014 Ranked 33 in the SafeWise Report: The 50 Safest Cities in Georgia
  • 2014  the Motley Fool – Sandy Springs ranked 4th as one of the five best cities for early retirement
  • 2013, Ranked number 8 by Nerdwallet for The Best Places in Georgia for Job Seekers (based on these questions: is the city growing? Is it affordable to live in the city comfortably? Are most people employed)
  • 2013 Kiplinger rated Sandy Springs as the 4th Best City in the Country for Early Retirement
  • 2012 The Chattahoochee River was designated as the country’s first National Water Trail. 22 miles of the Chattahoochee River shoreline fall within Sandy springs, part of which is in the National Parks Service.
  • 2011 Keep Georgia Beautiful Award for New Park Development (Overlook Park)
  • 2010 Runner Up in the Pioneer Institute’s Better Government Competition
  • Named a Government Trailblazer by the Center for Civic Innovation
  • Named Heart Safe Community by International Association of Fire Chiefs
  • 2011 American Heart Association “Mission Award” (forward-thinking outlook in identifying new ways to help educate community on CPR)
  • ISO Rating 3 for our Fire Department, protecting the $4 Billion in insurable property in the City
  • Our two public high schools recognized by College Board as “AP Honor Schools” in recognition of their Advance Placement programming and testing results (at least 20% of students taking AP exams with at least half of those exams receiving a score of 3 or higher), Riverwood Charter High School is ranked # 9 among metro area schools based on 2010 SAT scores.
  • 2011 Money Magazine ranking as the 9th Wealthiest Community in the Country
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