Jeff Humphreys
Jeff Humphreys

The AJC called on Jeff Humphreys, director of the Selig Center for Economic Growth, to help explain how the construction of two new stadiums around Atlanta—one for the Falcons and another for the Braves—will affect the local economy.

Humprheys said the Atlanta economy started accelerating last year, and the new jobs created by stadium construction will continue that momentum. 

“This all collectively confirms that the economic recovery has staying power at this point,” he said.

But now, the local economy is shifting into the passing lane, he said: metro Atlanta is likely to grow more rapidly than the national economy. “This implies a pretty good outlook for 2014.