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

Invest Atlanta CEO loses contract but not job over Reed travel payment
 Invest Atlanta CEO Eloisa Klementich has been reprimanded, but she will not lose her job following an investigation into a $40,000 payment to cover luxury airfare for former Mayor Kasim Reed and several staffers who traveled to South Africa last year. Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms announced Thursday that Klementich will be stripped of her...

Posted: a day ago

Invest Atlanta CEO Eloisa Klementich has been reprimanded, but she will not lose her job following an investigation into a $40,000 payment to cover luxury airfare for former Mayor Kasim Reed and several staffers who traveled to South Africa last year. Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms announced Thursday that Klementich will be stripped of her...
Atlanta Housing Authority reaches six-figure buyout with ex-CEO
 The Atlanta Housing Authority has reached a severance agreement with its former chief executive, Catherine Buell, after more than two months of negotiations, and will pay her at least $390,000 to buy out her contract. Buell was one of seven holdovers from the cabinet of former Mayor Kasim Reed whose resignations were accepted by Mayor...

Posted: 4 days ago

The Atlanta Housing Authority has reached a severance agreement with its former chief executive, Catherine Buell, after more than two months of negotiations, and will pay her at least $390,000 to buy out her contract. Buell was one of seven holdovers from the cabinet of former Mayor Kasim Reed whose resignations were accepted by Mayor...
Fans crowd downtown Atlanta for Comic Con, soccer, SEC football
 Some were downtown for their fixes of sci-fi, comics or horror. Others whetted their appetites for fall and the near-religion of Southern sports — college football. Tens of thousands more sought the thrills of another kind of football — as in fútbol, soccer, the beautiful game. From Comic Con to the pre-season kickoff...

Posted: 6 days ago

Some were downtown for their fixes of sci-fi, comics or horror. Others whetted their appetites for fall and the near-religion of Southern sports — college football. Tens of thousands more sought the thrills of another kind of football — as in fútbol, soccer, the beautiful game. From Comic Con to the pre-season kickoff...
United, World Cup fans gather for start of busy day in downtown Atlanta
 Crowds started to gather downtown Sunday morning for several big events, starting with a special screening of today’s World Cup match before Atlanta United takes on the Seattle Sounders at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Traffic was moving smoothly before 10:30 a.m., and tailgaters took up their posts in the Gulch and in parking lots near the...

Posted: 6 days ago

Crowds started to gather downtown Sunday morning for several big events, starting with a special screening of today’s World Cup match before Atlanta United takes on the Seattle Sounders at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Traffic was moving smoothly before 10:30 a.m., and tailgaters took up their posts in the Gulch and in parking lots near the...
Atlanta Beltline group pushes MARTA for funding of full rail loop
 A pro-transit group packed a meeting of the MARTA board Wednesday to push for full funding of rail along the 22-mile Atlanta Beltline loop. Members of Beltline Rail Now, including Ryan Gravel, whose master’s thesis formed the basis of the necklace of trails and planned transit connecting 45 city neighborhoods, say the More MARTA tax...

Posted: 9 days ago

A pro-transit group packed a meeting of the MARTA board Wednesday to push for full funding of rail along the 22-mile Atlanta Beltline loop. Members of Beltline Rail Now, including Ryan Gravel, whose master’s thesis formed the basis of the necklace of trails and planned transit connecting 45 city neighborhoods, say the More MARTA tax...
Atlanta bribery evidence against Mitzi Bickers includes recordings
 Attorneys for indicted former city of Atlanta official Mitzi Bickers want more time to vet evidence against their client in her pending bribery trial, which includes more than 1 million documents and some 40 audio recordings, according to court records obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Channel 2 Action News. Bickers’...

Posted: 10 days ago

Attorneys for indicted former city of Atlanta official Mitzi Bickers want more time to vet evidence against their client in her pending bribery trial, which includes more than 1 million documents and some 40 audio recordings, according to court records obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Channel 2 Action News. Bickers’...
Beltline scraps sale of land for big project at Piedmont Park
 Plans for a mixed-use development at the busy corner of 10th Street and Monroe Drive at Piedmont Park appear to be dead after two city of Atlanta agencies halted the process of selling public land needed for the project. On Wednesday, Atlanta Beltline CEO Brian McGowan sent a letter to developer Jeff Fuqua informing him that the agency and...

Posted: 14 days ago

Plans for a mixed-use development at the busy corner of 10th Street and Monroe Drive at Piedmont Park appear to be dead after two city of Atlanta agencies halted the process of selling public land needed for the project. On Wednesday, Atlanta Beltline CEO Brian McGowan sent a letter to developer Jeff Fuqua informing him that the agency and...
Beltline CEO McGowan said to be taking on new job in Seattle
 *UPDATED: Atlanta Beltline CEO Brian McGowan was formally announced on Friday as the new chief executive of Greater Seattle Partners. He expected to start in August.  In an announcement issued by Greater Seattle Partners, McGowan said: “I am thrilled to come to the Puget Sound region and build on its stellar foundation of highly...

Posted: 16 days ago

*UPDATED: Atlanta Beltline CEO Brian McGowan was formally announced on Friday as the new chief executive of Greater Seattle Partners. He expected to start in August.  In an announcement issued by Greater Seattle Partners, McGowan said: “I am thrilled to come to the Puget Sound region and build on its stellar foundation of highly...
Kasim Reed’s South Africa trip probe restarts after concerns about cost
 The city of Atlanta could spend about $100,000 in legal fees to investigate a nonprofit’s $40,000 payment to cover luxury airfare for former Mayor Kasim Reed and several staffers who traveled to South Africa last year. Records obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Channel 2 Action News show the city was billed nearly...

Posted: 17 days ago

The city of Atlanta could spend about $100,000 in legal fees to investigate a nonprofit’s $40,000 payment to cover luxury airfare for former Mayor Kasim Reed and several staffers who traveled to South Africa last year. Records obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Channel 2 Action News show the city was billed nearly...
Invest Atlanta board member: Homeowners pay for developer handouts
 As homeowners reel over double digit property tax increases, Invest Atlanta’s board gave developers $16 million in property tax abatements on Thursday. “How are homeowners supposed to see the way we are treating their money?” asked board member Julian Bene. “Because make no mistake, when the developer gets his incentive...

8:31 PM Thursday, Jun. 21, 2018

As homeowners reel over double digit property tax increases, Invest Atlanta’s board gave developers $16 million in property tax abatements on Thursday. “How are homeowners supposed to see the way we are treating their money?” asked board member Julian Bene. “Because make no mistake, when the developer gets his incentive...
Texts show Bottoms and Atlanta schools negotiating Gulch incentives
 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....

6:54 PM Thursday, Jun. 21, 2018

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....