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Brewing jobs: Starbucks plans new office in Atlanta with 500 jobs

Brewing jobs: Starbucks plans new office in Atlanta with 500 jobs

Starbucks plans to open a major office in Atlanta with 500 new jobs, a decision seen as a major victory by city and state officials trying to woo another iconic Seattle-based company to plant roots in Georgia.
Supreme Court punts on Florida-Georgia water fight

Supreme Court punts on Florida-Georgia water fight

The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday directed an expert judge to revisit key aspects of Florida’s water rights case against Georgia, a disappointing legal outcome for the Peach State after it racked up several recent victories in court related to its long-running water dispute with its neighbors. The justices in their 5-4 opinion told Ralph Lancaster Jr.
Trump tariffs roil Georgia businesses, force pols to raise alarm

Trump tariffs roil Georgia businesses, force pols to raise alarm

Soon after President Donald Trump announced his administration would impose new tariffs on steel and aluminum imports, Bob Best saw the price of equipment for his Kennesaw-based business shoot up. “It happened within about a minute of the tariffs,” said Best, who manages D. McKeon Heating & Air Conditioning. “Pretty much all of the makers raised their prices.
Feds approve record funding for Savannah harbor deepening

Feds approve record funding for Savannah harbor deepening

A key federal agency on Monday announced plans to set aside a record amount of funding for the Savannah harbor deepening project following an intense lobbying campaign by the state and its allies. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said it plans to spend nearly $35 million on the roughly $1 billion project in its 2018 budget work plan.
Georgia cuts sales tax on jet fuel, helping Delta and others

Georgia cuts sales tax on jet fuel, helping Delta and others

The state has told jet fuel vendors that as of July 1, they shouldn’t collect most local sales taxes on their product. The move could save air carriers such as Delta Air Lines, cargo companies and others about $20 million a year in fuel taxes. Gov.
Seattle’s message to Atlanta about Amazon HQ2: ‘Be prepared for growth’

Seattle’s message to Atlanta about Amazon HQ2: ‘Be prepared for growth’

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.
How Amazon could revolutionize downtown Atlanta’s grittiest spot

How Amazon could revolutionize downtown Atlanta’s grittiest spot

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.
Kempner: Atlanta needs a no-weaseling-out guarantee from Amazon

Kempner: Atlanta needs a no-weaseling-out guarantee from Amazon

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.
Many worry about changes an Amazon headquarters could usher in

Many worry about changes an Amazon headquarters could usher in

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.
Amazon tours Atlanta in its second headquarters search

Amazon tours Atlanta in its second headquarters search

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.
Savannah port launches $126M ‘mega rail’ project

Savannah port launches $126M ‘mega rail’ project

Savannah —- The Georgia Ports Authority on Tuesday broke ground on one of its largest-ever expansion projects, a new rail hub that officials say will connect the fast-growing Savannah port to Memphis, Chicago and other cities in the Midwest. The $126.
Facebook to start construction of sprawling Atlanta area data center

Facebook to start construction of sprawling Atlanta area data center

Facebook and Gov. Nathan Deal on Wednesday officially confirmed plans by the global social media giant for a sprawling data center campus near Social Circle. The project, which is expected to employ 100 in its first phase, adds to a boom in server farm development in the Atlanta area, joining recent projects by Google and data center operator Switch.
Little progress following Equifax breach fallout

Little progress following Equifax breach fallout

In the weeks after Equifax disclosed its expansive database of Americans’ most personal information had been hacked, officials on Capitol Hill seethed with rage. Congressional hearings with Rick Smith, the former top executive of the Atlanta credit bureau, were testy.
Georgia PSC commissioners stick to Plant Vogtle decision

Georgia PSC commissioners stick to Plant Vogtle decision

Despite objections from a consumer advocacy group, the state Public Service Commission will let stand its decision to allow Georgia Power to finish two half-built nuclear reactors. The commissioners declined to reconsider their order on embattled Plant Vogtle, dismissing a petition by Georgia Watch, which had challenged some components of the regulators’ decision.
Amazon HQ2 bidding war may set a bad precedent, critics say

Amazon HQ2 bidding war may set a bad precedent, critics say

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.
How far Georgia will go to snare Amazon remains a mystery

How far Georgia will go to snare Amazon remains a mystery

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.
Georgians will see the impact of Amazon healthcare pact — eventually

Georgians will see the impact of Amazon healthcare pact — eventually

Factory workers for Georgia-based Mohawk Industries can go to health clinics the company runs onsite. The Kaiser Permanente HMO healthcare model started when the shipbuilding company branched out to offer healthcare to its employees. When news broke Tuesday that Amazon, J.P.
Metro Atlanta, Georgia officials to present united front to nab Amazon

Metro Atlanta, Georgia officials to present united front to nab Amazon

Georgia’s full-fledged competition for Amazon’s second headquarters has entered a new and unpredictable phase now that it’s on the tech giant’s short list. But the state’s hunt for another major headquarters three years ago could provide valuable clues into its strategy for winning the project.
Atlanta survives the first cut in Amazon’s HQ2 sweepstakes

Atlanta survives the first cut in Amazon’s HQ2 sweepstakes

Amazon narrowed its list of potential communities for its massive second headquarters on Thursday to a final grouping that includes Atlanta and 19 others in the U.S. and Canada, setting off a battle royale for a project promising prestige and 50,000 high-paying jobs.
Senate’s tax bill would aid Delta’s push to punish Persian Gulf rivals

Senate’s tax bill would aid Delta’s push to punish Persian Gulf rivals

For the past two years, Delta Air Lines has spearheaded a campaign to get Washington policymakers to punish some of its fiercest fast-growing competitors from the Persian Gulf. The Atlanta-based carrier’s push has been largely fruitless so far — but that may soon change if a provision tucked into the U.S. Senate tax bill becomes law. U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga.
In Georgia, NAFTA has hurt some while lifting others

In Georgia, NAFTA has hurt some while lifting others

Rebba Storey slid a cup and a blueberry muffin across the smooth, maroon counter at the Jam-N-Java Bakery, smiling at her only customer on a recent sunny afternoon. She skated a hand across the shiny top, pointing to cuts in the dark-stained surface, notches long ago seared into the wood that were later sanded and shellacked. “This was part of Lanett Mill,” Storey said.
Credit bureau lobby steps up industry image polishing following breach

Credit bureau lobby steps up industry image polishing following breach

The Atlanta credit bureau Equifax ramped up its spending over the last three months to lobby the federal government and protect its image as it took fire for exposing the personal records of more than 145 million Americans. Its two main competitors, meanwhile, shifted their resources in order to do the same.
Hurricane Irma forces halt to marketing of homes on Sea Island spit

Hurricane Irma forces halt to marketing of homes on Sea Island spit

Developers have halted marketing of the site of proposed upscale housing on an undeveloped piece of land on Sea Island after Hurricane Irma damaged the property. Sea Island President Scott Steilen said the storm damaged part of the unprotected area of the island off the Georgia coast.
Senate mulls arbitration bill despite Equifax about-face

Senate mulls arbitration bill despite Equifax about-face

Republican leaders are reportedly mulling whether to bring to the Senate floor a bill that would nullify an Obama-era consumer protection regulation aimed curtailing a practice used by many corporations to keep potential class action lawsuits out of court.
As Georgia chases Amazon, a new ‘religious liberty’ debate looms

As Georgia chases Amazon, a new ‘religious liberty’ debate looms

The Accenture executive was asked an awkward question as he stood next to Gov. Nathan Deal and Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed: Would he be announcing an 800-jobs deal if Georgia had adopted a “religious liberty” bill a year ago? The executive, Jimmy Etheredge, danced around the issue.
Georgia peaches: 80 percent of state’s crop lost

Georgia peaches: 80 percent of state’s crop lost

It will not be a peachy summer for Georgia growers of the iconic fruit. Nearly 80 percent of the state’s peach crop was wiped out this year by a combination of an overly warm winter and a hard freeze in early spring, Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Tuesday. The loss comes after a similarly devastating blow this year to the blueberry crop.
Boosters slam feds’ decision to withhold money from Savannah project

Boosters slam feds’ decision to withhold money from Savannah project

Georgia’s public officials were caught off guard Thursday after the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the federal agency tasked with overseeing the project to deepen Savannah’s harbor, decided against giving the effort any extra money.
Rural council promises results, asks for patience

Rural council promises results, asks for patience

House Speaker David Ralston on Monday said rural Georgia can’t afford to wait for the next election to find progress and solutions. “Rural Georgia cannot wait on political seasons to come and go because they will always come and go,” the Blue Ridge Republican told the first meeting of the House Rural Development Council.
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