Emory University seeks to become a part of the city of Atlanta. HYOSUB SHIN / AJC

Emory University formally files petition to become part of Atlanta

Emory University on Tuesday formally made a request to become a part of the city of Atlanta.

The school filed a petition to be annexed into Atlanta, a move that has long been anticipated and will need the approval of the Atlanta City Council.

“Annexation into Atlanta will complement the university’s commitment to local – and thereby —global engagement, while continuing to contribute to both jurisdictions,” Emory President Claire Sterk said in an email to the school.

“We are enriched by our relationships with the county and the city as well as the larger region and state and look forward to building upon our commitment to community involvement, academic excellence, innovation and entrepreneurship,” Sterk said.

Emory has been part of neighboring DeKalb County since 1915. While it seeks to be a part of the city of Atlanta, it will remain a part of DeKalb.

“Emory has built affiliations and community engagements that span DeKalb County and the city of Atlanta,” Sterk said. “For example, Emory’s operations include several hospitals and clinics in DeKalb County and one in the City of Atlanta––Emory University Hospital Midtown.

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