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 City Hall scandal: another guilty plea as probe intensifies
 The federal investigation of Atlanta City Hall is intensifying and adding new investigators and prosecutors, U.S. Attorney Byung J. “BJay” Pak said Wednesday, moments after the probe recorded its fifth guilty plea from a former top aide to Mayor Kasim Reed. Flanked by top local agents with the FBI and IRS Criminal Investigation...

Posted: 10 hours ago

The federal investigation of Atlanta City Hall is intensifying and adding new investigators and prosecutors, U.S. Attorney Byung J. “BJay” Pak said Wednesday, moments after the probe recorded its fifth guilty plea from a former top aide to Mayor Kasim Reed. Flanked by top local agents with the FBI and IRS Criminal Investigation...
Atlanta City Council raising questions about Gulch deal
 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. AJC FLASHBACK PHOTOS...

Posted: 11 hours ago

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. AJC FLASHBACK PHOTOS...
Incentives for Atlanta Gulch project pitched at Amazon could top $1 billion
 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...

Posted: 2 days ago

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...
Foundation withdraws plans for massive Roswell tennis center
 Plans for a 60-acre tennis facility in Roswell have been called off for now after an uproar from neighborhood and community groups upset about the proposal. Roswell Mayor Lori Henry said in a message Sunday that the City Council will not consider a memorandum of understanding Monday to create a formal framework for negotiations, as had...

Posted: 3 days ago

Plans for a 60-acre tennis facility in Roswell have been called off for now after an uproar from neighborhood and community groups upset about the proposal. Roswell Mayor Lori Henry said in a message Sunday that the City Council will not consider a memorandum of understanding Monday to create a formal framework for negotiations, as had...
As Amazon opens new facility, Georgia sees chance to boost HQ2 chances
 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...

Posted: 5 days ago

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...
Roswell tennis complex planned as international destination
 A family foundation plans to build a sprawling multimillion-dollar tennis complex in Roswell, including the largest concentration of clay courts in the nation. The proposed Angela Krause Tennis, Pickleball and Fitness Center at Roswell’s Big Creek Park will feature more than 135 tennis courts, including 80 clay courts and an indoor...

Posted: 6 days ago

A family foundation plans to build a sprawling multimillion-dollar tennis complex in Roswell, including the largest concentration of clay courts in the nation. The proposed Angela Krause Tennis, Pickleball and Fitness Center at Roswell’s Big Creek Park will feature more than 135 tennis courts, including 80 clay courts and an indoor...
Atlanta City Hall: Former Reed aide charged with bribery
 A second member of former Mayor Kasim Reed’s cabinet has been charged with conspiracy and accepting bribes in the federal corruption investigation at Atlanta City Hall. Katrina Taylor-Parks, a 23-year veteran of City Hall, was accused of accepting a $2,000 bribe in 2013 through a company she owned. Her husband, DeAnthony Parks, also...

Posted: 7 days ago

A second member of former Mayor Kasim Reed’s cabinet has been charged with conspiracy and accepting bribes in the federal corruption investigation at Atlanta City Hall. Katrina Taylor-Parks, a 23-year veteran of City Hall, was accused of accepting a $2,000 bribe in 2013 through a company she owned. Her husband, DeAnthony Parks, also...
Ex-Atlanta Housing Authority chief Glover sues agency for legal fees
 Former Atlanta Housing Authority CEO Renee Glover will go to court to try to recoup at least $235,000 in legal fees she incurred defending herself against a lawsuit filed by the city last year. Glover filed her suit Monday, the latest wrinkle in a nasty legal battle that started last year under then-Mayor Kasim Reed. In his final months in...

Posted: 9 days ago

Former Atlanta Housing Authority CEO Renee Glover will go to court to try to recoup at least $235,000 in legal fees she incurred defending herself against a lawsuit filed by the city last year. Glover filed her suit Monday, the latest wrinkle in a nasty legal battle that started last year under then-Mayor Kasim Reed. In his final months in...
Attorney: Reed, city disguised legal fees in Southwell settlement
 The secret settlement terms former Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed agreed to with Miguel Southwell, the airport chief he fired in 2016, disguised a $65,000 legal fee as a job placement expense for Southwell, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has learned. Last week, the AJC and Channel 2 Action News reported that the secret terms included a $147,000...

Posted: 9 days ago

The secret settlement terms former Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed agreed to with Miguel Southwell, the airport chief he fired in 2016, disguised a $65,000 legal fee as a job placement expense for Southwell, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has learned. Last week, the AJC and Channel 2 Action News reported that the secret terms included a $147,000...
Reed, city concealed secret $147K payout to fired Atlanta airport boss
 Former Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed reached secret terms in a settlement with the airport general manager he fired in 2016, agreeing to pay Miguel Southwell $147,000 more than was disclosed to the City Council and the public, an Atlanta Journal-Constitution investigation has found. The August 2016 settlement, reached in the heat of the presidential...

Posted: 13 days ago

Former Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed reached secret terms in a settlement with the airport general manager he fired in 2016, agreeing to pay Miguel Southwell $147,000 more than was disclosed to the City Council and the public, an Atlanta Journal-Constitution investigation has found. The August 2016 settlement, reached in the heat of the presidential...
Watchdogs: Atlanta skirting records law in probe of $40,000 payment
 A metro Atlanta law firm, hired to look into a $40,000 payment for luxury airfare for former Mayor Kasim Reed and staff members, reported its findings to the city’s current administration verbally instead of in writing, a maneuver government watchdogs say is an attempt to circumvent the state’s mandates on open records. Invest...

Posted: 16 days ago

A metro Atlanta law firm, hired to look into a $40,000 payment for luxury airfare for former Mayor Kasim Reed and staff members, reported its findings to the city’s current administration verbally instead of in writing, a maneuver government watchdogs say is an attempt to circumvent the state’s mandates on open records. Invest...