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Members of Atlanta’s City Council are raising concerns about a proposed billion-dollar commitment of public money to a sprawling redevelopment in downtown’s Gulch, and what taxpayers will get in return. So far, Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms’ office isn’t providing any answers to their questions.
The city of Atlanta and the developer of downtown’s Gulch are negotiating a potential 10-figure incentive package for a mini-city pitched as a possible second headquarters site for Amazon, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has learned. An undated document obtained by the AJC and Channel 2 Action News outlines proposed public financing of $900 million for a $3.
The Amazon distribution hub in Jackson County has already been open a year. But a ceremonial grand opening Friday gave top Georgia officials another opportunity to pitch the state to the e-commerce giant on an even bigger prize. The company’s “HQ2” second headquarters project, a $5 billion proposal promising up to 50,000 high-paying jobs, loomed large over the event as Gov.
On Hog Mountain Road in Jefferson, just beyond a brand new warehouse facility and a yet-to-open business park, it stands: the 850,000-square-foot Amazon fulfillment center. The e-commerce giant came to Jackson County a year ago, eventually bringing 1,000 full-time jobs to the northeast Georgia area.
For right now, in the wild race for Georgia governor, both candidates say they support efforts to bring Amazon’s second headquarters to Atlanta. And that’s important, business and government officials familiar with the state’s recruitment of the e-commerce giant said. Because Georgia, which stands to gain up to 50,000 jobs, must speak with one voice.
Of the cities still competing for Amazon’s second headquarters, Atlanta and Raleigh are the most appealing to more than 2,000 GeekWire readers surveyed, according to Forbes magazine. Amazon took proposals from scores of American metros and has indicated that it has narrowed the choices to a top 10, but beyond that the Seattle-based giant ain’t sayin’.
An enormous warehouse distribution facility with a mysterious potential tenant has been proposed on the far western side of Gwinnett County. According to new documents filed with Gwinnett’s planning commission, the proposed facility near Stone Mountain — dubbed only “Project Rocket” — would be a 2.5 million square feet and could employ as many as 1,800 people.
Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms’ office has said for weeks a plan to end a development incentive for parts of Atlanta’s Eastside was about plugging a budget hole, dodging questions about whether the plan was tied to other initiatives, including an effort to provide taxpayer dollars to redevelop downtown’s Gulch.
SEATTLE — Felix Gudino spends hours behind the wheel each day, and traffic, he said, has gotten worse in the past few years as Amazon gobbled up more and more downtown real estate. Gudino is an Uber driver, and the crush of tech workers downtown has been good for business, but a pain for fellow motorists.
There’s the part of Amazon that sells and ships books, shoes, electronics, toys and even groceries. There’s the side of Amazon that makes movies and television shows, e-readers and devices for the connected home. There’s also the Amazon business that forms a vital link in the global internet infrastructure that helps companies and governments do business.
If Atlanta wins Amazon’s second headquarters, the region will get wealthier, but the demand for homes will soar and the gap between haves and have-nots will also likely surge. According to housing experts and economists, the metro area would get a flood of well-paid and mostly young professionals within a short time.
In Amazon’s decision about where to put its second headquarters, nothing matters more than people. Specifically, people who will help delight customers and ultimately make money. The company wants incentives from whatever community it picks for HQ2 (hopefully, Atlanta).
Atlanta’s odds of luring Amazon’s second headquarters look better than I had expected before I visited the company’s Seattle hometown. It was Amazon employees — most of them rank and file, none of whom believed they had any inside knowledge — who made me think Atlanta has a real chance.
SEATTLE — Travis Nguyen sees both the good and the bad with Amazon. Nguyen works in an auto repair shop in the shadow of Amazon’s Day 1 tower, where CEO Jeff Bezos keeps his office. Amazon has helped make Seattle more diverse and created tens of thousands of jobs, Nguyen said, and Washington state’s tech industry produces many times more.
SEATTLE - To get a sense of how big Amazon’s second headquarters will be, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution went to Seattle to see the first. The e-commerce and technology giant is massive here. The company is the largest employer in downtown Seattle, with more than 45,000 workers.
For a $5.1 billion-a-year company, HD Supply has been a little obscure, but that may be changing. So far this year, the Atlanta-based company – spun off from Home Depot – has plopped down $380 million to buy Hartford-based A.H. Harris, moved into a brand new $100 million headquarters that overlooks I-75, and is looking to add hundreds of employees.
Cristian Ospina told me he really likes Castleberry Hill, his cool Atlanta neighborhood, just south of the Mercedes-Benz Stadium. But as he walks the few blocks to a MARTA station in adjacent south downtown Atlanta, he passes what I’ve called one of the the scraggliest, most forgotten parts of downtown, where oases of promise are surrounded by neglect.
Georgia officials trying to attract 50,000 jobs and Amazon’s second headquarters to Atlanta should feel queasy about a mess brewing in Seattle. It highlights the hardball tactics of the remarkable company in which we’d be deeply financially invested. And it points to extra precautions we should take if we are to get Amazon’s HQ2.
Home Depot has announced plans to hire 1,000 techies — several hundred of them in Atlanta — in a dramatic expansion of its technology muscle. The surge of hiring adds to a technology workforce currently at 2,800, according to Paul Mayer, manager of the company’s tech communications.
President Trump pointedly accused Amazon of not paying enough in taxes. That’s an interesting call for our president, who apparently didn’t pay federal income taxes for years and boasted about “brilliantly” working tax laws as a private citizen. If the president is trying to highlight unfairness in our tax systems, he’s right. He’s just off on the target.
At a recent conference, Chuck Day stewed as he listened to an Amazon official describe a plan to disrupt the restaurant equipment industry. Soon, the Amazon executive told the audience, restaurants will be able to order everything they need by browsing the company’s website and clicking. For some, it was a promise for more efficiency.
A delegation from Amazon toured sites in metro Atlanta this week as part of the e-commerce giant’s search for a second headquarters location, multiple sources with direct knowledge of the situation told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Amazon officials met with state and local government and business leaders on Thursday and Friday.
Starbucks is said to be exploring Atlanta for a significant amount of office space, making it at least the second Seattle-based Fortune 500 that has put the Atlanta area on a shortlist for a major office search.
An Amazon delegation is likely to tour sites in metro Atlanta before the end of this month for possible locations for its second headquarters, which could bring a $5 billion campus with as many as 50,000 jobs to the region.
The real estate arm of MetLife on Wednesday unveiled renderings for the first phase of a mixed-use project in Midtown Atlanta that will include offices, retail, a hotel and residences.
Facebook confirmed plans on Wednesday for a sprawling data center campus east of Atlanta, a major investment in the state for a critical piece of the social media giant’s internet infrastructure. The project, Facebook’s ninth data center in the U.S.
Gov. Nathan Deal has called a press conference today to announce a new economic development project. The project is expected to be a massive Facebook data center near Social Circle, people familiar with the matter said. The Silicon Valley-based social media giant’s plans for the server farm at Stanton Springs were previously reported.
Amazon said Tuesday that members of its Prime program can now get free two-hour delivery on most Whole Foods Market products in Atlanta. The rapid delivery program is part of Amazon’s effort to leverage the Whole Foods brand, which the e-commerce and tech giant bought last year for more than $13 billion.
When the lights went out at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in December, stranding thousands of travelers across the nation, some feared the incident and embarrassing national media coverage had exposed a vulnerability as Atlanta bid for Amazon HQ2. Now several weeks later, the Georgia Legislature just told the airport snafu to hold its beer, we might top that.
Georgia has pledged to roll out the welcome mat to Amazon in hopes of securing its second headquarters. The Legislature may not have received the message. In the past two weeks, lawmakers defied corporate boosters by voting to let some charities deny adoptions to same-sex couples.
Amazon announced in January that it had narrowed its finalists down to 20 cities for the site of its second headquarters. Not much news has come across since, but Zillow — an online real estate database company — recently polled economic experts, college professors and housing economists to get their predictions on which city will win the bid for Amazon’s HQ2.
The hunt for Amazon’s second headquarters remains the buzz among lawmakers at Georgia’s State Capitol and business elite.
Health insurance giant Anthem and developer Portman Holdings held a ceremonial kick off for construction Wednesday of a new 21-story Midtown office tower that will hold a technology center for the Fortune 500 company.
The Los Angeles developer behind plans to turn downtown Atlanta’s Gulch into a massive mixed-use development wants to transform the hulking old Norfolk Southern building it bought there last year into loft apartments and commercial space.
When it comes to the percentage of millennials who have college degrees, metro Atlanta ranks in the top third of the country, according to a new study. The study, released Monday by the Brookings Institution, shows 39 percent of Atlantans between the ages of 25 and 34 have graduated from college or achieved higher degrees.
Amazon’s plans for its own delivery service for businesses could transform the competitive landscape for Sandy Springs-based UPS. UPS said it still has plenty of opportunity for growth as e-commerce expands.
When locals dream of recruiting hot employers to Atlanta, hearts flutter over landing cutting-edge tech companies such as Amazon or luxury global brands, like when Mercedes-Benz’s chose Sandy Springs for its North American headquarters. But it’s time to appreciate things at a more gut level. Such as a chicken sandwich combo, a pecan waffle or a basket of wings.
Amazon’s search for a second headquarters uncorked what could become the biggest ever bidding war for jobs among states and cities in North America. Many critics fear it also could set a dangerous precedent. Companies for years have pitted communities against one another to wring tax breaks and other perks, a dance that was typically done in secret.
Chicago opened with $2 billion. Philadelphia countered with $3 billion. Maryland’s governor upped the ante to $5 billion. New Jersey officials pushed their chips to the middle of the table with an audacious $7 billion wager for Amazon to locate its second headquarters in Newark. Georgia, meanwhile, continues to play its hand close to the vest.
Dozens of economists, urbanists and policy advisers are calling on the finalists for Amazon’s second headquarters to prevent the recruitment from devolving into a bidding war over incentives. The hunt for HQ2 and its promise of 50,000 jobs already prompted leaders in states such as New Jersey and Maryland to offer multibillion-dollar packages of tax breaks and other perks.
Atlanta’s Gulch, that gaping hole downtown next to where Arthur Blank plopped his $1.5 billion football stadium, now needs something to fill it up. How about 11.5 million square feet of live-work-play? But mostly work, as in 50,000 Amazon workers.
TONTO NATIONAL FOREST, Ariz. (AP) - Adults, teens and children as young as 2 were enjoying a summer afternoon by cooling off in an Arizona creek when the gentle waters turned deadly. The group from the Phoenix and Flagstaff areas had met Saturday for a day trip along a popular swimming hole near Payson, about 100 miles (160.9 kilometers) northeast of the capital.
NEW HOPE, Pa. (AP) - Investigators found the body of one of four missing young men along with other human remains buried on a Pennsylvania farm, and vowed to "bring each and every one of these lost boys home to their families." Cadaver dogs led them to the spot on the 90-acre (36-hectare) farm in Solebury Township where they discovered human remains inside a 12 ½-foot-deep (3.
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - North Korea claimed to have tested its first intercontinental ballistic missile in a launch Tuesday, a potential game-changing development in its push to militarily challenge Washington - but a declaration that conflicts with earlier South Korean and U.S. assessments that it had an intermediate range.
Multiple stars from last summer's Rio Olympics highlight this year's nominees for best male and female athletes for The ESPYS. Swimmer Michael Phelps, who won five gold medals in Rio, joins National League MVP Kris Bryant of the Chicago Cubs, Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby and Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook as the four nominees for best male athlete.
Gulf Coast states were in for a third day of rough weather as Tropical Storm Cindy sloshed ashore early Thursday in southwestern Louisiana. Already blamed for one death in Alabama, Cindy was expected to keep churning seas and spin off bands of severe weather from eastern Texas to northwestern Florida.
BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) - The gunman who shot a top GOP congressman and several other people Wednesday at a baseball practice outside the nation's capital had a long history of lashing out at Republicans and recently frightened a neighbor by firing a rifle into a field behind his Illinois home. James T. Hodgkinson, 66, wounded House Rep.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Attorney General Jeff Sessions heatedly denied on Tuesday having an undisclosed meeting with Russia's ambassador to the U.S. or conversations with any Russian officials about the U.S. election that sent Donald Trump to the White House. He vowed to defend his honor "against scurrilous and false allegations.
A sole winning Powerball ticket worth $447.8 million and matching all six numbers was sold in southern California and will claim the 10th largest lottery prize in U.S. history, lottery officials said Sunday. The winning ticket was sold at Marietta Liquor & Deli in southern California's Riverside County, about 80 miles (128.
LONDON (AP) - The Latest on the attack on London Bridge and Borough Market (all times local): 11 a.m. Police searching for a French man who has been missing since the London Bridge attack say they have recovered a body from the River Thames. The Metropolitan Police says the body was found Tuesday downstream from the bridge.
President Donald Trump says the US will immediately cease 'all implementation' of the Paris climate change accord standards. “The United States will withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord but begin negotiations to re-enter either the Paris Accord or really an entirely new transaction on terms that are fair to the United States,” the president said in the Rose Garden.
For the third straight year, it's Cleveland and Golden State in the NBA Finals.
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) - As President Donald Trump opened his keynote address in Saudi Arabia, he lavished praise on the "magnificent" kingdom and "the grandeur of this remarkable place." Then he made clear there would be no public lecture from America on Saudi Arabia's abysmal human rights record.
Rocker Chris Cornell, who gained fame as the lead singer of the bands Soundgarden and later Audioslave, has died at age 52, according to his representative. Cornell, who had been on tour, died Wednesday night in Detroit, Brian Bumbery said in a statement to The Associated Press. Cornell had performed a Detroit concert with Soundgarden that night.
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) - Malaysian authorities said Monday that they have seized 330 exotic tortoises from Madagascar worth 1.2 million ringgit ($276,721), in the latest heist of illegal wildlife and animal parts being smuggled into the country.
Facebook says it will hire another 3,000 people to review videos and posts of crime and other questionable content following murders shown live on its site. That's on top of the 4,500 people Facebook already has for such reviews. The announcement comes from CEO Mark Zuckerberg in a Facebook post Wednesday.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A tearful Jimmy Kimmel turned his show's monologue into an emotional recounting of his newborn son's open-heart surgery - and a plea that all American families get the life-saving medical care they need.
CANTON, Texas (AP) - The Latest on severe weather in parts of the U.S. (all times local): 8:50 p.m. The death of a north-central Arkansas fire chief struck by a vehicle while heavy thunderstorms moved through the state is being included in the state's count of weather-related fatalities, bringing the death toll to five.
CHICAGO (AP) - After people were horrified by video of a passenger getting dragged off a full United Express flight by airport police, the head of United's parent company said the airline was reaching out to the man to "resolve this situation." Hours later on Monday, his tone turned defensive. He described the man as "disruptive and belligerent.
An Oklahoma prosecutor said Monday no charges will be filed against a 23-year-old man who fatally shot three teenage intruders in his home, but that the woman who drove them there is being charged with first-degree murder.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Still reeling from last week's House health care debacle, Republicans are pivoting to tax cuts and other issues but remain riven into factions and all over the map about how and when to return to their marquee pledge to eviscerate former President Barack Obama's 2010 overhaul.
RADFORD, N.C. (AP) - A North Carolina sheriff says a newborn and the baby's 2-year-old sister have been found stabbed to death. Hoke County Sheriff Hubert Peterkin tells WRAL (http://bit.ly/2n1S80h) the bodies of 4-day-old Genesis Freeman and 2-year-old Serenity Freeman were found Saturday in the woods near an intersection close to the city of Raeford.
HONOLULU (AP) - A federal judge blocked President Donald Trump's revised travel ban hours before it was to take effect, marking the second time courts have thwarted Trump's efforts to freeze immigration by refugees and citizens of some predominantly Muslim nations.
WASHINGTON (AP) - WikiLeaks has published thousands of documents that the anti-secrecy organization said were classified files revealing scores of secrets about CIA hacking tools used to break into targeted computers, cellphones and even smart TVs.
The family of 97-year-old twin sisters who died in freezing temperatures after falling outside one of their homes says the two lived with charm, grace, kindness and style. Police say Jean Young Haley and Martha Young Williams died after they fell outside Haley's house in Barrington on Friday and became stranded in the frigid cold. A neighbor found them Saturday morning.
BALTIMORE (AP) - Seven Baltimore officers were so unfazed by U.S. Justice Department scrutiny of abusive policing that they kept falsely detaining people, stealing their money and property, and faking reports to cover it up, according to a damning federal indictment.
OLATHE, Kan. (AP) - A man accused of opening fire in a crowded suburban Kansas City bar, killing one man and injuring two others in an attack that some witnesses said was racially motivated, was charged Thursday with murder and attempted murder.
A powerful Pacific storm blew into Southern and Central California on Friday with wind-driven heavy rains that downed power lines and electrocuted a man, killed a motorist in a submerged car and disrupted hundreds of flights at airports.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Even though Adele flubbed one of her live performances at the Grammys, she walked away the belle of the ball: She took home all five awards she was nominated for Sunday night, including album, record and song of the year.
In the exclusive Bel Air neighborhood of Los Angeles sits a new monument to opulence, a $250 million mega-mansion that's now the most expensive home listed in the United States.
If you're among the millions of people who watch precisely one NFL game each year, yet want to sound like a real football fan during Sunday's Super Bowl, The Associated Press has you covered.
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) - Protesters hurled smoke bombs, broke windows and sparked a massive bonfire Wednesday night, prompting University of California at Berkeley officials to cancel a talk by a polarizing editor of Breitbart News out of safety concerns.
Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner says demonstrations during Super Bowl week won't prevent fans from having a good time.
The Atlanta Falcons (13-5) and New England Patriots (16-2) will meet in Super Bowl LI in Houston. While most fans know it's Matt Ryan, Julio Jones and the Falcons' offense against the Patriots' defense. It's also Vic Beasley, Keanu Neal and the Falcons' defense against Tom Brady and the Patriots' offense.
Lady Gaga is reportedly entertaining an unusual twist on her Super Bowl halftime show, which - though it's not confirmed - she could perform from the roof of the stadium. If that comes to pass, she won't be the only one making a big play for attention this year.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - As President Donald Trump announced his plans for a wall on the U.S. border with Mexico, Border Patrol agents in San Diego on the lookout for drugs and smugglers drove all-terrain vehicles along a barrier that reaches 18 feet, topped by razor wire and reinforced by cameras and lighting. Mexicans shopped at an outlet mall that bumps up against the border.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Police say protesters are climbing a crane at a downtown Washington construction site that's just a few blocks from the White House. Metropolitan Police Department spokeswoman Aquita Brown says police responded to the area of 15th and L streets in northwest Wednesday morning for a disorderly person. Police say 15th Street is closed between L and M streets.
BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan (AP) - A Turkish cargo plane crashed Monday in a residential area just outside the main airport in Kyrgyzstan, killing 37 people on the ground and in the plane, the Emergency Situations Ministry said. The Boeing 747 crashed on approach to the Manas airport, south of the capital, Bishkek.
LEBANON, Va. (AP) - Now, that's a lot of change. A Virginia man used 300,000 pennies to pay sales tax on two cars at the Department of Motor Vehicles. The Bristol Herald Courier reports (http://bit.ly/2jlMLsp) that Nick Stafford delivered five wheelbarrows full of change, mostly pennies, at the DMW office in Lebanon, Virginia, on Wednesday. The coins weighed in at 1,600 pounds.
The Associated Press 2016 NFL All-Pro Team is showing off the new wave of pro football stars. Three rookies among 17 first-time selections highlight the team, including Dallas running back Ezekiel Elliott, and Kansas City's Tyreek Hill, who is a unanimous choice as a punt returner.
BEIRUT (AP) - The Latest on the conflict in Syria, where a cease-fire deal to allow evacuation of rebels and tens of thousands of civilians from eastern Aleppo is back on (all times local): 7 p.m. France's ambassador to the United Nations says international observers should monitor the safe evacuation of civilians and fighters from the war-torn Syrian city of Aleppo.
Officials in Oakland, California, say the death toll from a fire in a converted warehouse has risen to 24, according to the Associated Press.
GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) - After nearly 24 hours of drenching rain helped quench a series of devastating wildfires in eastern Tennessee, local officials turned to cleanup and recovery efforts even as they battled their own personal crises.
NEW YORK (AP) - Police in New York City are looking for a quick-thinking thief who stole an 86-pound bucket of gold flakes worth nearly $1.6 million off an armored truck in Manhattan. The unidentified thief swiped the 5-gallon metal bucket off the back of the vehicle on Sept. 29 when a guard briefly went to the truck's cab to reportedly retrieve his cellphone.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Florence Henderson, who went from Broadway star to become one of America's most beloved television moms in "The Brady Bunch," has died, her manager and her publicist said. She was 82. Henderson died Thursday night at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, after being hospitalized the day before, said her publicist, David Brokaw.
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - A woman who was accused of killing her twin sister by driving their vehicle off a Hawaii cliff in May was being held in a New York jail Monday after again being charged with murder. New York State Police announced over the weekend that Alexandria Duval, 38, was arrested Friday after being tracked down at an Albany home.
ANDERSON, S.C. (AP) - A woman who had been reported missing along with her boyfriend in late August was found "chained up like a dog" inside a storage container, a South Carolina sheriff said Thursday.
BOSTON (AP) — The domestic disturbance that Boston police were responding to when two veteran officers were shot and wounded may have started as an argument over the thermostat, police said.
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Samsung's crisis with its Galaxy Note 7 smartphone hit a new low on Monday as the company confirmed that it has made production changes, following reports that newly released versions offered as replacements for recalled fire-prone phones have also overheated or caught fire.
A pregnant woman was stoned to death by her own family in front of a Pakistani high court on Tuesday for marrying the man she loved.Nearly 20 members of the woman's family, including her father and brothers, attacked her and her husband with batons and bricks in broad daylight before a crowd of onlookers in front of the high court of Lahore, police investigator Rana Mujahid said.
The latest leak from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden details the government’s so-called “black budget” — the multi-billion dollar budget request of America’s intelligence agencies. The 178-page document outlines federal spending on surveillance programs. Intelligence agencies requested $52.6 billion for the 2013 fiscal year.
Boston University says a graduate student at the school was one of the three people killed in the bombings at the Boston Marathon. The female student was a female national. The Chinese Consulate in New York confirmed that a Chinese national was among those killed in the marathon bombings in Boston, but did not identify her.