Atlanta easiest city to recruit executives

If you’re a company trying to attract top executive talent, Atlanta is the place to be, according to a survey done by an executive search and consulting firm.

In its poll of 50 U.S. search consultants, Heidrick & Struggles found that Atlanta is perceived to be the easiest place to recruit people to work.

Key reasons: a strong business infrastructure, affordability and quality of life.

“Atlanta has it all. It is an incredible city to live in and has a vibrant business community, today, more than ever before,” said the firm’s Laura Brinsmaid. “People are weighing out all aspects of their lives to determine if a job change will fit into their overall lifestyle outside of 9-5,” she added.

Some of Atlanta’s lures:

– Diverse employment opportunities.

– A wealth of regional and national headquarters.

– Amenities including arts, culture, restaurants and sports.

Other “best in class” cities to recruit top talent include Chicago, Denver and Dallas, the survey said.

“On the opposite end of the spectrum,” it noted, are Detroit and cities in Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi.

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alpha dog

July 27th, 2012
10:42 am

Unless said executives need to drive anywhere during rush hour! Of course its easy to recruit here. There are some many managers and executives looking for work.

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Facts that hurt

July 27th, 2012
4:06 pm

Yah, easiest to recruit, but that doesn’t say anything about the quality.

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July 27th, 2012
7:45 pm

Cheap labor also as the city is load with unemployed ready to take a job for less money and work harder.


July 27th, 2012
8:30 pm

Well I be damned! I thought Governor Deal told us all Georgia needed to reduce it’s top income tax bracket so we could recruit top executives, when he was trying to get us to swallow his ugly “hog”, tax bill, HB 388 in 2011. That was the one that stuck it to the middle class to give the top 1%, another tax cut. Remember; you were about to lose your home mortgage interest deduction?!!!

jerome K

July 28th, 2012
9:10 am

atl = black mecca! It’s easy to recruit African-American businesses to the ATL!!! The clubs and chicks here are fantastic!!

Let's be Honest!

July 28th, 2012
10:44 am

These are the facts…Our cost of living has narrowed among major business centers and we certainly face transportation challenges but so does every other city of any size. The biggest issue that weighs on relocated executives is our very poor PUBLIC EDUCATION…no better today, really, after millions spent over the past ten years… and our inept local politicians and government to effeciently and effectively manage infrastructure…the sewer project and airport expansion..both over budget and underdelivered. Until, we build a new earned trust and a cooperative environment between government and all of us who fund it, we will continue to struggle at attractingthe best here, in spite of this report. Let’s not pat ourselves on the back. We need to get to work, now!!!


July 28th, 2012
11:18 am

might be easy ..but as Atlanta becomes more unlivable and harder to get around in due to its notorious traffic and horrid crime this too will change


July 28th, 2012
11:19 am

jerome that all you blacks think about is clubs and chicks…no wonder your race is in dissaray


July 28th, 2012
12:01 pm

scott, it just irritates you that blacks have been so marginalized, and yet, we are still thriving. dont be disillusioned, scotty.

Interesting Observation

July 28th, 2012
6:14 pm

Scott, by disarray do you mean an ethnic group/race should be neat, tidy and organized? Should blacks organize around skin color? Scotti, riddle me this. Why do bigots of your hue attack an entire group when you are angry at bad actors within that group? Inquiring minds want to know.


July 30th, 2012
9:46 am

Since Atlanta sucks at innovating, they just bring in companies (Invesco, First Data, NCR, etc.) and it is not hard to bring those CEOs with them.

Where to Start

July 30th, 2012
9:56 am

Atlantans having been missing the point for years. Multi-culturalism brings different strengths (and weaknesses) to the table. Each side must realize this, and be willing to work on their weaknesses. This includes mutual respect, the essential element. Respect cannot be demanded, it has to be earned. And it is based on simple behaviors. If I hold up in a traffic line to let you in, at least give me a thank you, instead of staring at me like I owe it to you. Don’t glare at me because I’m not your color (BOTH WAYS) and treat me differently just because of that. Give the benefit of the doubt, then try to display respect, and hope for respect back. Question if you don’t get it – ask why you’re being treated such at a counter, etc., in a nice way. Get the person who is not being respectful to maybe think about their actions the rest of the day. I know this may sound over-simplified to some, but it is a start, and we have to start somewhere, and I have found that it works.

@scott - you are a moron

July 30th, 2012
10:34 am

if you actually believe jerome is black. he would be one of your small minded bigots.


July 30th, 2012
5:07 pm

I hope everyone votes against TSPLOST tomorrow. My company sells electrical equipment to MARTA…and I can tell you…their electrical specifications are so bad, it is not uncommon for MARTA to spend $500,000 to purchase equipment that private sector business could buy for $100,000. MARTA has more than enough money to grow…but they waste their money.