The spark that led to ATDC’s formation was provided in 1979 when then-Governor George Busbee commissioned a study of the state’s science, engineering and technology programs. Within a year, the General Assembly responded with the funds for a facility to promote university-business synergy. ATDC admitted its first member company in 1981 and began graduating companies in 1983.
ATDC’s first location was on 6th Street near the Downtown Connector. In 1985, ATDC opened its 83,000-square-foot headquarters building on 10th Street on the Georgia Tech campus. ATDC’s successes fueled expansion to the Middle Georgia Technology Development Center in Warner Robins, the Georgia Centers for Advanced Telecommunications Technology (GCATT) on 14th Street in Atlanta, the Ford Environmental Science and Technology Building in the heart of the Georgia Tech campus, and the Chatham Center in Savannah.
In summer 2003, ATDC moved into its new headquarters building in the Centergy One development at Technology Square. This new facility, located in the growing 5th Street corridor of Midtown Atlanta, has become a prestigious address for technology companies in Georgia and the de facto hub of entrepreneurial activity in Atlanta.