J. Scott Trubey

Business Reporter

J. Scott Trubey covers economic development and commercial real estate for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He’s previously covered banking, airlines, hospitality and tourism, crime and government at newspapers in Atlanta and Augusta, Ga. He joined the AJC in 2010.

Latest from J. Scott Trubey

Atlanta mayor race moves into final sprint
 The race for Atlanta mayor enters an unpredictable new phase Monday with the start of early voting framing a make-or-break dash to November for the crowded field of contenders. The airwaves will soon crackle with more ads. Mailboxes in Atlanta will get more stuffed with flyers, households with landlines more inundated with robocalls. And...

Posted: 4 days ago

The race for Atlanta mayor enters an unpredictable new phase Monday with the start of early voting framing a make-or-break dash to November for the crowded field of contenders. The airwaves will soon crackle with more ads. Mailboxes in Atlanta will get more stuffed with flyers, households with landlines more inundated with robocalls. And...
Amazon bid kicks off another Olympics-like chase for Atlanta
 Amazon triggered more than a bidding war when it publicly aired its search for a second headquarters. It set off a once-in-a-generation competition. Atlanta is smack in the middle of an international sweepstakes with just about every other major city in North America, each pitting its own civic touchstones and cultural treasures against one...

Posted: 6 days ago

Amazon triggered more than a bidding war when it publicly aired its search for a second headquarters. It set off a once-in-a-generation competition. Atlanta is smack in the middle of an international sweepstakes with just about every other major city in North America, each pitting its own civic touchstones and cultural treasures against one...
E-commerce hubs and new expansion projects coming to Savannah port
 Georgia’s ports enjoyed a record breaking year for cargo in the past fiscal year, and that growth is a driver for private investment expected to bring hundreds of new logistics jobs to the Savannah region. Furniture retailer Noble House and home accessories seller Best Choice each plan large new East Coast distribution hubs near...

Posted: 6 days ago

Georgia’s ports enjoyed a record breaking year for cargo in the past fiscal year, and that growth is a driver for private investment expected to bring hundreds of new logistics jobs to the Savannah region. Furniture retailer Noble House and home accessories seller Best Choice each plan large new East Coast distribution hubs near...
Anthem tower in Midtown a salvo in the war for talent
 The new Midtown tower will offer the company room for potential future expansion to 3,000 IT professionals, a spokeswoman said. Tom Miller, Anthem chief information officer, said as the company began hiring for its software center, it learned that each two new hires created an addition role for a contract IT or consulting position to aid...

Posted: 6 days ago

The new Midtown tower will offer the company room for potential future expansion to 3,000 IT professionals, a spokeswoman said. Tom Miller, Anthem chief information officer, said as the company began hiring for its software center, it learned that each two new hires created an addition role for a contract IT or consulting position to aid...
With errant marijuana veto tweet, Atlanta mayor’s race takes odd turn
 Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed spent Wednesday morning taking pot shots at City Council President Ceasar Mitchell and the media after false reports he had vetoed legislation reducing penalties for marijuana possession. “We received an email overnight that the Mayor VETOED our marijuana legislation for less than one ounce,” said an early-morning...

Posted: 7 days ago

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed spent Wednesday morning taking pot shots at City Council President Ceasar Mitchell and the media after false reports he had vetoed legislation reducing penalties for marijuana possession. “We received an email overnight that the Mayor VETOED our marijuana legislation for less than one ounce,” said an early-morning...
Kasim Reed backs Bottoms as successor for Atlanta mayor
 Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed on Wednesday endorsed City Councilwoman Keisha Lance Bottoms in the crowded race to replace him, formal backing that’s come after months of tacit support for her candidacy. Reed endorsed his longtime ally during a lively interview on V-103. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported an endorsement was in...

Posted: 7 days ago

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed on Wednesday endorsed City Councilwoman Keisha Lance Bottoms in the crowded race to replace him, formal backing that’s come after months of tacit support for her candidacy. Reed endorsed his longtime ally during a lively interview on V-103. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported an endorsement was in...
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed signs marijuana legislation 
 A new staffer faces disciplinary action after a  tweet from the Atlanta City Council’s verified account created a political firestorm early Wednesday. The erroneous tweet, which indicated Mayor Kasim Reed  vetoed a measure intended to reduce penalties for possession of small amounts of marijuana,  was pushed out to thousands of the...

Posted: 7 days ago

A new staffer faces disciplinary action after a tweet from the Atlanta City Council’s verified account created a political firestorm early Wednesday. The erroneous tweet, which indicated Mayor Kasim Reed vetoed a measure intended to reduce penalties for possession of small amounts of marijuana, was pushed out to thousands of the...
Contractors sentenced to prison in Atlanta City Hall bribery scheme
 Two contractors who admitted last winter to paying bribes to win city of Atlanta contracts on Tuesday became the first two people sentenced to federal prison for their parts in the long-running pay-to-play scandal. Elvin “E.R.” Mitchell Jr., 63, a politically connected Atlanta contractor and the federal government’s star...

Posted: 8 days ago

Two contractors who admitted last winter to paying bribes to win city of Atlanta contracts on Tuesday became the first two people sentenced to federal prison for their parts in the long-running pay-to-play scandal. Elvin “E.R.” Mitchell Jr., 63, a politically connected Atlanta contractor and the federal government’s star...
Mitchell expands call to clean up Atlanta contracting amid bribe probe
 Atlanta City Council President Ceasar Mitchell said Monday he wants to install an independent compliance officer to root out fraud and review purchasing at City Hall. Mitchell, who is running to succeed Mayor Kasim Reed, said he wants someone of the pedigree of former acting-U.S. Attorney General Sally Yates or former U.S. Attorney Richard...

Posted: 9 days ago

Atlanta City Council President Ceasar Mitchell said Monday he wants to install an independent compliance officer to root out fraud and review purchasing at City Hall. Mitchell, who is running to succeed Mayor Kasim Reed, said he wants someone of the pedigree of former acting-U.S. Attorney General Sally Yates or former U.S. Attorney Richard...
Bribery, corruption scandal looms over Atlanta mayor’s race
 A guilty plea in federal court and an FBI raid on a long-time city vendor are reshaping the Atlanta mayor’s race by throwing a white-hot spotlight back on the City Hall bribery investigation, just one month before voters choose Kasim Reed’s successor. Most of the major candidates have weaponized the scandal in their stump speeches...

Posted: 12 days ago

A guilty plea in federal court and an FBI raid on a long-time city vendor are reshaping the Atlanta mayor’s race by throwing a white-hot spotlight back on the City Hall bribery investigation, just one month before voters choose Kasim Reed’s successor. Most of the major candidates have weaponized the scandal in their stump speeches...
Big endorsements haven’t shifted Atlanta mayor’s race yet
 Vincent Fort and the rapper Killer Mike got the crowd of 2,400 at Saint Philip AME Church to their feet, but there was no doubt as he strolled to the pulpit that U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders was the main event. Chants of “Bernie! Bernie! Bernie!” soared to the rafters of the East Lake church Saturday, as Sanders anointed Fort...

Posted: 14 days ago

Vincent Fort and the rapper Killer Mike got the crowd of 2,400 at Saint Philip AME Church to their feet, but there was no doubt as he strolled to the pulpit that U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders was the main event. Chants of “Bernie! Bernie! Bernie!” soared to the rafters of the East Lake church Saturday, as Sanders anointed Fort...