Fall is around the corner, which means it is time to start planning your trip to the OFN Conference in Atlanta! Atlanta is one of the most popular destinations in the Southeast to visit and live. With its delicious food offerings, energetic atmosphere, and cultural influence, it’s no wonder that Atlanta is considered a Global City. With a city that has so much to offer, you might want to consider extending your trip while you are in town October 24-27.
To help you plan, we reached out to our official Conference co-hosts—Access to Capital for Entrepreneurs (ACE), Atlanta Neighborhood Development Partnership (ANDP) Loan Fund, Community Housing Capital, Enterprise Community Loan Fund, Housing Assistance Council, NeighborWorks Columbus, and Southwest Georgia United—to get the inside scoop.
"Atlanta is its the home of Martin Luther King, Jr and birthplace of the civil rights movement. In addition Atlanta is one of the most forested cities in the U.S., and is often called the City of Trees. With the Conference taking place in the Fall, the city will be in full color," shared Grace Fricks, President of ACE.
Here are 10 things to add to your Atlanta bucket list for your visit:
- Spend an afternoon at the National Center for Civil and Human Rights—it is an emotional and important new cultural attraction and, “connects the American Civil Rights movement to today’s Global Human Rights movements.”
- Make a reservation at Gunshow, where you can taste an eclectic blend of Brazilian churrascaria and Chinese dim sum-style dining.
- Explore the Atlanta Beltline, the city's most comprehensive transportation and economic development effort, which consists of 22 miles of an abandoned rail corridor, repurposed to create a network of parks, trails, and transit.
- Visit the largest adaptive reuse project in Atlanta history, the Ponce City Market, which took historic Sears, Roebuck, & Co building, a lot that covers 16 acres, and converted it into a vibrant community hub for shopping, dining, and living.
- Check out the diversity of the many neighborhoods, like Little Five Points, East Atlanta Village, or Buckhead (to name a few).
- Try all of the Cokes from around the world at World of Coca-Cola.
- See the birth home of Martin Luther King Jr, Ebenezer Baptist Church, and historic Fire Station No. 6 at the Martin Luther King Jr National Historic Site. Guided tours of the house are free but tickets are required.
- Catch a show at the Fox Theatre, a concert and event venue dating back to 1928, even if you can’t see a show onstage you can tour this unique space.
- Go to the Spelman College Museum of Fine Art, the only museum in the country that focuses on the art by and about women of the African Diaspora.
- Feel like you have stepped outside the city limits by taking a hike on the Chattahoochee River National Recreation-East Palisades Trail (1425 Indian Trail NW, Sandy Springs, GA 30327), with amazing views of the river, and autumnal foliage, you’ll forget you’re in the middle of America’s 9th largest metropolitan area.
Another insider tip: while you are there, avoid the famous traffic and use the MARTA train lines or the new streetcar.
We are excited to see you in Atlanta, check out the #WeLoveATL campaign on social media to find more great places to visit while you are in town. Book your hotel reservations now, and take some time to explore the capital of the New South. Registration for OFN Conference opens soon!