ONE Region Initiative: Creating a Welcoming Metro Atlanta

One Region Initiative


The One Region Initiative will 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 will do 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.

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 will become 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. 

By implementing regional-level change, communities become safer, stronger, and more prosperous. 

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, along with Working Groups made up of government officials, community members, nonprofit leaders, and business executives across the region, will steer the development of the Welcoming Regional Plan. The plan is expected to be complete in the summer of 2018.

Contact us to learn more. Email [email protected]


  • April 5th, 2018: Community Listening Session 
  • April 11th, 2018: Steering Committee Meeting
  • May 10th, 2018: Steering Committee Meeting
  • May 17th, 2018: Community Listening Session 
  • July 19th, 2018: Steering Committee Meeting