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ATLANTA -- Some of the biggest names in Atlanta visited Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport to dedicate the new Maynard H. Jackson Jr. International Terminal Thursday night.

Attendees included Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, airport general manager Louis Miller, Delta Air Lines CEO Richard Anderson and Valerie Jackson, widow of terminal namesake Maynard Jackson.

They participated in a ribbon-cutting ceremony and unveiled a portrait of Maynard Jackson, which hangs in the terminal's ticketing hall.

PHOTOS | International terminal, April 2012
PHOTOS | International terminal, October 2011

The terminal is scheduled to open May 16.

"This magnificent building represents years of determination, hard work and vision on the part of thousands of people," Mayor Reed said in a statement. "The opening of the Maynard H. Jackson Jr. International Terminal also heralds a new era of international opportunity for Atlanta, strengthening the city's position as a global gateway for the United States and as a preferred destination for business and tourism."

Planning, design and construction of the new terminal created about 3,000 jobs. It will take about 1,000 jobs to operate the 1.2 million-square-foot facility on a daily basis.

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"Our goal is to make sure travelers choose Atlanta. I am certain ... that the Maynard H. Jackson Jr. International Terminal and its Concourse F will serve as a positive, welcoming first impression of our city for all those coming to do business here and will further the city's reputation as a cutting-edge leader," Miller said in a statement.

Learn more about the international terminal at www.atlanta-airport.com/internationalterminal.