The Atlanta Development Authority (ADA) is the official economic development agency for the City of Atlanta. ADA represents in-town Atlanta, a population of 500,000, and growing. A research-based economic development organization, they focus on residential, business and investment growth in the city. As an arm of city government, ADA is governed by a 9 member board of directors, chaired by the mayor of Atlanta. ADA’s core competency is real estate finance. ADA has 50 employees and partners with over 55 economic development partner organizations regularly.