ONE Region Initiative: Creating a Welcoming Metro Atlanta

One Region Initiative

The One Region Initiative seeks to create an inclusive metro Atlanta region in which all people, including immigrants and refugees, have the opportunity to reach their greatest potential, engage with the larger community, and fully contribute their talents - expanding prosperity and well-being for all. The program does this by gaining the solid commitment of local government, business leaders, community organizations, immigrant and refugee communities, and members of the receiving communities to create and then adopt welcoming practices. It is led by Welcoming America and supported by the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta and regional entities.

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Why is this important?

Our metro Atlanta communities are changing rapidly.  751,457 metro Atlanta residents are immigrants - 13.4 percent of its population. Migration and rapid demographic shifts can spark tension and create tough challenges, both for newcomers and long-time residents.
In a 21st century world, the strongest communities will be ones where all people can take part in economic, civic, and social life. These places show it is possible to go beyond fear and even tolerance to ensure a bright future for all.

What results will we see?

Metro Atlanta becomes the first major metropolitan area to adopt a regional welcoming plan and will serve as a model for other regions in the nation to follow.

Becoming a more inclusive region means a more vibrant culture, more jobs created by immigrant entrepreneurs, and a thriving economy that benefits us all. But it isn’t only about supporting immigrant integration, it’s about creating communities where inclusivity and welcome improve livability and prosperity for all, including U.S.-born residents. 

Expect to see:

  • Increased leverage for business attraction, economic development, international student enrollment, and culture and arts.

  • More in-depth resident investment as evidenced by business entrepreneurship, school enrollment, and community engagement. 

  • The region will rise as an innovative leader amongst a nationally competitive economic environment. 


A diverse Steering Committee made up of government officials, community members, nonprofit leaders, and business executives across the region, steered the development of the Welcoming Regional Plan. The plan was released to the public in August 2018. Currently, the steering committee provides programmatic and outreach support for the One Region Initiative.

Contact us to learn more. Email [email protected]


  • Join Welcoming America network (if not already a member.)
  • Pass a resolution or proclamation declaring intent to implement the plan.
  • Work with Community Engagement Taskforce to push work forward.
  • Provide annual documentation of implementation.

If you represent a municipality looking to learn more about how your community can implement the plan, or if you're a community stakeholder interested in joining the steering committee, please email [email protected] for more information.


  • March 1, 2018: Steering Committee met for the first time

  • August 23, 2018: Regional plan is revealed publicly

  • September 13-22, 2019: Welcoming Week events throughout the region