“Atlanta is what I would call a 95 percent broker-centric town,” he said, explaining that most of the location deals are made through firms such as CBRE Group, JLL, and Cushman&Wakefield. “If you are not engaging in the broker community, you are seeing only 5 percent of deals on the market.”
Others, however, seemed to think south metro was doing pretty well despite the area's challenges. They ran down a list of recent wins, including a BMW training facility in College Park,
a new bathroom appliance manufacturer coming to Henry County and the expansion of a Google data center in Douglas County.
Leonard Sledge, executive director of the Henry County Development Authority, said every new business win adds to the region’s overall strength.
“When a company makes a decision for Henry County, they’re making a decision for the south metro area,” he said. “The same goes for Douglas, and for Fayette, and for every county that is represented in this distinguished group. It’s a yes for all of us.”