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

Transit likely key in Amazon’s hunt for HQ2
 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. Vexed by some of the worst...

Posted: 10 minutes ago

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. Vexed by some of the worst...
Atlanta’s HQ2 bid: Amazon’s business much more than e-commerce
 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...

Posted: a day ago

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...
Equitable no more: Downtown Atlanta tower’s landmark sign to go digital
 The 32-story building at 100 Peachtree Street has occupied part of Atlanta’s skyline since the 1960s. But soon, major changes are coming to the skyscraper known most recently as the Equitable Building, including removal of the insurance company’s glowing sign, a fixture in the city since 1968. On Tuesday, owner Zeller Realty Group...

Posted: 2 days ago

The 32-story building at 100 Peachtree Street has occupied part of Atlanta’s skyline since the 1960s. But soon, major changes are coming to the skyscraper known most recently as the Equitable Building, including removal of the insurance company’s glowing sign, a fixture in the city since 1968. On Tuesday, owner Zeller Realty Group...
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...

Posted: 7 days ago

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...
5 things Atlantans need to know about Amazon’s HQ1 amid our HQ2 bid
 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. The company says HQ2 will ultimately have more...

Posted: 7 days ago

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. The company says HQ2 will ultimately have more...
Failure to release subpoena may have broken Georgia records law
 The Reed administration’s decision to withhold a grand jury subpoena last year may have violated Georgia’s open records laws, experts told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The Sept. 9, 2016, subpoena, obtained last week by the AJC and Channel 2 Action News, should have been promptly released in response to an open records request...

Posted: 10 days ago

The Reed administration’s decision to withhold a grand jury subpoena last year may have violated Georgia’s open records laws, experts told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The Sept. 9, 2016, subpoena, obtained last week by the AJC and Channel 2 Action News, should have been promptly released in response to an open records request...
Atlanta bribery probe: When has the city received federal subpoenas?
 The city of Atlanta has received at least eight federal grand jury subpoenas in relation to the ongoing federal corruption probe of City Hall. The one on Sept. 9, 2016, is the only one not promptly released by the city within days or a few weeks of requests by the media.  Aug. 19, 2016: Prosecutors seek records related to Mitzi...

Posted: 10 days ago

The city of Atlanta has received at least eight federal grand jury subpoenas in relation to the ongoing federal corruption probe of City Hall. The one on Sept. 9, 2016, is the only one not promptly released by the city within days or a few weeks of requests by the media.  Aug. 19, 2016: Prosecutors seek records related to Mitzi...
Atlanta may write off $9M in delinquent water and sewer bills
 The city of Atlanta wants to write off more than $9 million in unpaid water and sewer bills that city officials say are uncollectible. The bills, all of which the city said have been delinquent for more than a year, come from some 284 customers stretching from Buckhead to Lakewood. Each owe at least $10,000, and one condo association for...

Posted: 15 days ago

The city of Atlanta wants to write off more than $9 million in unpaid water and sewer bills that city officials say are uncollectible. The bills, all of which the city said have been delinquent for more than a year, come from some 284 customers stretching from Buckhead to Lakewood. Each owe at least $10,000, and one condo association for...
Atlanta Housing Authority names interim leader, plans CEO search
 The board of the Atlanta Housing Authority on Tuesday named board member Brandon Riddick-Seals as interim CEO, and announced plans for a national search for a new leader. The board announced it accepted the resignation of chief executive Catherine Buell, pending a separation agreement. Buell was one of seven senior city of Atlanta leaders ...

Posted: 16 days ago

The board of the Atlanta Housing Authority on Tuesday named board member Brandon Riddick-Seals as interim CEO, and announced plans for a national search for a new leader. The board announced it accepted the resignation of chief executive Catherine Buell, pending a separation agreement. Buell was one of seven senior city of Atlanta leaders ...
Atlanta mayor proposes ‘transparency officer’ at City Hall
 Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms on Monday introduced reforms to the way the city handles open records requests, including the creation of a “transparency officer” to ensure compliance with state sunshine laws. The legislation from Bottoms’ office follows a tumultuous two months for the city, in which Bottoms has had to...

Posted: 17 days ago

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms on Monday introduced reforms to the way the city handles open records requests, including the creation of a “transparency officer” to ensure compliance with state sunshine laws. The legislation from Bottoms’ office follows a tumultuous two months for the city, in which Bottoms has had to...
‘No action needed’: Texts show possible Kasim Reed role in records request
 The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Channel 2 Action News have obtained text messages that raise fresh questions about former Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed’s role in delaying public information requests under Georgia’s sunshine laws. In the messages, dated March 22, 2017, Reed’s former press secretary Jenna Garland tells a Watershed...

Posted: 17 days ago

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Channel 2 Action News have obtained text messages that raise fresh questions about former Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed’s role in delaying public information requests under Georgia’s sunshine laws. In the messages, dated March 22, 2017, Reed’s former press secretary Jenna Garland tells a Watershed...