Leon Stafford

Local government reporter

Local government reporter Leon Stafford, a Tennessee grad, has been at the AJC since 1997. He covers Atlanta city government.

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Invest Atlanta boosts building facelifts, new projects with tax breaks
 Plans to renovate downtown’s Medical Arts Building, construct two new towers in Midtown and build close to 500 new affordable housing units are getting some help from Atlanta’s economic development arm. At its Thursday meeting, Invest Atlanta approved tax breaks and grants for a raft of projects that will bring new housing downtown...

Posted: 6 days ago

Plans to renovate downtown’s Medical Arts Building, construct two new towers in Midtown and build close to 500 new affordable housing units are getting some help from Atlanta’s economic development arm. At its Thursday meeting, Invest Atlanta approved tax breaks and grants for a raft of projects that will bring new housing downtown...
Invest Atlanta backs city’s construction boom with tax breaks
 Atlanta’s construction boon is a getting a boost from a slew of development projects that recently received tax breaks from the city’s economic development arm. Invest Atlanta on Thursday approved millions in lease purchase bonds and grants to back more than a dozen projects through its Eastside Tax Allocation District (TAD)....

Posted: 6 days ago

Atlanta’s construction boon is a getting a boost from a slew of development projects that recently received tax breaks from the city’s economic development arm. Invest Atlanta on Thursday approved millions in lease purchase bonds and grants to back more than a dozen projects through its Eastside Tax Allocation District (TAD)....
Invest Atlanta to ethics board: we earned “free” Mercedes-Benz tickets
 Invest Atlanta, the city’s economic arm, will have to wait to know if it can get its hands on “free” tickets it says the city already paid $220 million for at the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The city’s ethics board on Thursday delayed a decision on Invest Atlanta’s request to overturn a 2013 rule that prohibits...

Posted: 7 days ago

Invest Atlanta, the city’s economic arm, will have to wait to know if it can get its hands on “free” tickets it says the city already paid $220 million for at the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The city’s ethics board on Thursday delayed a decision on Invest Atlanta’s request to overturn a 2013 rule that prohibits...
Downtown “eyesore” Medical Arts Building moving closer to renovation
 After sitting empty for decades and making Central Atlanta Progress’s “10 Downtown Eyesores” list twice, the forlorn Medical Arts Building in downtown Atlanta is finally on the cusp of getting some love. Invest Atlanta, the city’s economic development arm, approved on Thursday $3 million in tax credits from the Eastside...

Posted: 7 days ago

After sitting empty for decades and making Central Atlanta Progress’s “10 Downtown Eyesores” list twice, the forlorn Medical Arts Building in downtown Atlanta is finally on the cusp of getting some love. Invest Atlanta, the city’s economic development arm, approved on Thursday $3 million in tax credits from the Eastside...
Atlanta Mayor Reed to reimburse South Africa trip with “outside” funds
 Mayor Kasim Reed will seek a non-governmental source to reimburse the city thousands of dollars in airfare for a May trip that he and several members of his staff took to South Africa, a spokeswoman said Tuesday. Reed, former City Attorney Cathy Hampton, Chief of Staff Candace Byrd, Chief Resilience Officer Stephanie Stuckey and five others...

Posted: 8 days ago

Mayor Kasim Reed will seek a non-governmental source to reimburse the city thousands of dollars in airfare for a May trip that he and several members of his staff took to South Africa, a spokeswoman said Tuesday. Reed, former City Attorney Cathy Hampton, Chief of Staff Candace Byrd, Chief Resilience Officer Stephanie Stuckey and five others...
Mary Norwood leads Atlanta mayoral race in new public poll
 Atlanta City Councilwoman Mary Norwood is maintaining her lead in the race to replace term-limited Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, according to a new poll. Norwood received 27 percent voter support in the newest poll from WXIA Channel 11 and SurveryUSA of 1,085 Atlantans from July 11-18. Her nearest competitor, City Council President Ceasar Mitchell...

Posted: 8 days ago

Atlanta City Councilwoman Mary Norwood is maintaining her lead in the race to replace term-limited Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, according to a new poll. Norwood received 27 percent voter support in the newest poll from WXIA Channel 11 and SurveryUSA of 1,085 Atlantans from July 11-18. Her nearest competitor, City Council President Ceasar Mitchell...
Poll: Mary Norwood still on top in Atlanta mayoral race
 Atlanta City Councilwoman Mary Norwood leads a field of more than 10 candidates hoping to succeed Kasim Reed as the city’s next mayor, according to a new poll. Norwood has the backing of 27 percent of voters in a poll conducted by WXIA Channel 11 and SurveyUSA. She is followed by Atlanta City Council President Ceasar Mitchell,...

Posted: 8 days ago

Atlanta City Councilwoman Mary Norwood leads a field of more than 10 candidates hoping to succeed Kasim Reed as the city’s next mayor, according to a new poll. Norwood has the backing of 27 percent of voters in a poll conducted by WXIA Channel 11 and SurveyUSA. She is followed by Atlanta City Council President Ceasar Mitchell,...
Atlanta Mayor Reed to reimburse South Africa trip with “outside” funds
 Mayor Kasim Reed’s office will seek a non-governmental source to help pay thousands of dollars in airfare for a May trip the city’s top leader he and several of his staff took to South Africa to talk entrepreneurship, Atlanta’s entertainment business and urban development issues. Airfare for the trip to Cape Town, which...

Posted: 8 days ago

Mayor Kasim Reed’s office will seek a non-governmental source to help pay thousands of dollars in airfare for a May trip the city’s top leader he and several of his staff took to South Africa to talk entrepreneurship, Atlanta’s entertainment business and urban development issues. Airfare for the trip to Cape Town, which...
Atlanta, United Way partner in $50 million fight to end homelessness
 Atlanta’s city council on Monday approved funding for an ambitious plan to curb homelessness, announcing a $26 million bond commitment that will be added to $25 million already promised by the United Way. The funding, a priority for the city in Mayor Kasim Reed’s last year in office, has been in the works for months — even...

Posted: 10 days ago

Atlanta’s city council on Monday approved funding for an ambitious plan to curb homelessness, announcing a $26 million bond commitment that will be added to $25 million already promised by the United Way. The funding, a priority for the city in Mayor Kasim Reed’s last year in office, has been in the works for months — even...
“Killer Mike” day proclaimed in Atlanta 
 It’s “Killer Mike” Render day in the city of Atlanta. The Atlanta rapper, whose name partly adorns an $11.6 million tunnel-boring machine being used to create a reservoir for Atlanta, received a proclamation Monday from the Atlanta City Council, which named the day in his honor.  Render was honored for his...

Posted: 10 days ago

It’s “Killer Mike” Render day in the city of Atlanta. The Atlanta rapper, whose name partly adorns an $11.6 million tunnel-boring machine being used to create a reservoir for Atlanta, received a proclamation Monday from the Atlanta City Council, which named the day in his honor.  Render was honored for his...
Atlanta mayor warns homeowners: Beware ‘predatory purchasers’
 Mayor Kasim Reed says he may soon have solutions for Atlanta homeowners who fear they could be priced out of their neighborhoods because of gentrification. Reed said he is considering expanding an anti-displacement program he launched in April to help residents in Vine City, English Avenue and other West End communities to other parts of...

Posted: 13 days ago

Mayor Kasim Reed says he may soon have solutions for Atlanta homeowners who fear they could be priced out of their neighborhoods because of gentrification. Reed said he is considering expanding an anti-displacement program he launched in April to help residents in Vine City, English Avenue and other West End communities to other parts of...