ChooseATL Partners with The Gathering Spot for Headline Panel Discussion and Performance Featuring Tip “T.I.” Harris at SXSW

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ChooseATL to Return to SXSW for Third Year to Raise Awareness of Opportunity and Talent in Atlanta.

Ryan Wilson, Co-Founder; The Gathering Spot

“Community is at the heart of what we do. We have a fundamental belief that to accomplish your professional or personal goals you must be in community with like-minded, yet radically diverse people. We are excited to expand this special community to another city,” said Wilson.

ChooseATL, the public-facing initiative of metro Atlanta, announced today a partnership with The Gathering Spot (TGS), an award-winning private membership club founded in Atlanta, for a headline panel discussion and performance at the 2018 SXSW Festival featuring Grammy Award-winning rapper, actor and entrepreneur, Tip “T.I.” Harris, on Monday, March 12th. The ChooseATL House will return to the SXSW Festival for the third year, showcasing top Atlanta artists, innovators, and brands with a lineup of panel discussions and programming to raise awareness of the opportunity that Atlanta offers to encourage emerging talent to consider Atlanta as home.

One of the day’s highlights will feature an announcement by Ryan Wilson, The Gathering Spot’s co-founder and an Atlanta native, who will reveal the company’s second location in a new U.S. market, alongside Tip Harris – a longtime supporter and member of the private club. Tip will be joining The Gathering Spot for their major announcement to discuss his strategic alignment with the club and the importance of successfully scaling community-minded and minority-owned businesses like The Gathering Spot.

The music of Atlanta will conclude the day of programming at the ChooseATL House, with performances from Tip and his Grand Hustle Records artist Tokyo Jetz, hosted by ChooseATL and The Gathering Spot. Grammy Award-winning DJ Kawan “KP The Great” Prather will also spin the music for the evening, fusing classic Atlanta hits along with Hustle Gang favorites.

“The ChooseATL House at SXSW is something that we look forward to throughout the year,” said ChooseATL Executive Director Kate Atwood. “The opportunity allows us to celebrate the successes of Atlanta’s top entrepreneurs and artists such as Ryan and Tip, while also bringing a piece of our city to a national audience to provide SXSW guests a unique look at the creative community that only Atlanta can offer them.”

About ChooseATL:
ChooseATL is a public-facing initiative launched by the Metro Atlanta Chamber in 2015 to attract and retain the emerging millennial talent needed to maintain Atlanta’s position as a top-tier globally competitive metro area. ChooseATL showcases Atlanta as a leading world destination and celebrates its unique community, inclusive culture, and expanding business opportunities across all industries. Working alongside local artists and creators, brands and entrepreneurs, ChooseATL mixes digital engagement with high-touch live events and experiences, regionally and around the world. It raises awareness and further connects the next generation to the city, ultimately enhancing the decision to call Atlanta home. For more information, please visit

About The Gathering Spot:
The Gathering Spot, located in the heart of Atlanta, is an invitation-only, avant-garde, private membership club built to foster community, collaboration and one-of-a-kind experiences. The club brings together a diverse community of creatives, disruptors, entrepreneurs, and corporate professionals who utilize the club’s restaurant and bar, co-working and events spaces. Ryan Wilson and TK Petersen, two 27-year old African-American men who were roommates at Georgetown University, founded the club with a vision to reinvent the city club experience. The founding team’s first location has experienced tremendous success, doubling in size since its inception and growing its membership base to over 1,500 people. The company has hosted over 2,000 events with brands such as Google, Netflix, Spotify, and Coca-Cola, in addition to curated members-only experiences with celebrities like Ludacris, T.I., Will Packer, Atlanta’s new mayor, Keisha Lance Bottoms, and civil rights leaders like Ambassador Andrew Young. For additional information, please visit:

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