Possible Community Impact of New Falcons Stadium

Dec 24, 2012

A new stadium for the Atlanta Falcons could mean job training for residents of the city’s Vine City and English Avenue neighborhoods.

The Arthur M. Blank Foundation, named after the Falcons’ owner, is talking with neighborhood leaders, Mayor Kasim Reed and the city’s economic development arm.

“What we’ve heard as we’ve listened is that the community is more interested in us helping with the development of human capitol than with the development of buildings,” said Foundation President Penny McPhee.

Arthur M. Blank Foundation President Penny McPhee
Credit Charles Edwards / WABE News

In other words, as you build a stadium, build up the people who will live near the stadium. McPhee says that will mean investments in education and workforce development.

“We know that there will be 4500 new construction jobs when the stadium gets underway and we want people from the neighborhood to be able to compete for those jobs.”

McPhee says nothing’s set in stone yet. But possibilities include the city setting up a satellite office northwest of downtown Atlanta. There, Vine City and English Avenue residents would learn how to apply and interview for jobs.

After the stadium’s built, McPhee hopes people would have skills needed for other jobs in construction and other industries.