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Emory seeks annexation into the city of Atlanta

In June, Emory filed a petition to annex into the city of Atlanta.

The university, including its health care facilities on the Druid Hills campus, will remain in DeKalb County, and upon approval of the petition, will also be part of the city of Atlanta.

Emory’s affiliations and community ties span both entities. University operations include several hospitals and clinics in DeKalb County and one in the city, Emory University Hospital Midtown. In addition to the university’s longtime civic and community engagement in DeKalb County, partnerships with the Georgia Institute of Technology, Georgia State University, the Morehouse School of Medicine, and Grady Memorial Hospital—as well as involvement in the arts, culture, and scholarship in Atlanta—continue to grow.

According to President Claire E. Sterk, annexation into Atlanta will complement the university’s commitment to local, regional, and global connections while continuing to contribute to both jurisdictions.

“We are enriched by our relationships with the county and the city, as well as the larger region and the state,” Sterk says. “We look forward to building on our commitment to community involvement, academic excellence, innovation, and entrepreneurship.”

Pending formal approval, it is expected that the annexation will be effective this fall.

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