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6678 Lockridge Dr, Atlanta, GA 30360
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Columbus residents plan to fight affordable housing project

COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) — A group of residents is organizing resistance against a planned affordable housing apartment complex in Columbus.

The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer reports that the situation pitting an Atlanta-based developer against the residents is shaping up to be contentious.

TBG Residential proposes to construct a 94-unit complex on property that was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1972, the newspaper reported.

Residents say they are concerned about increased traffic and other issues.

Three new housing developments are planned for the City of Seaside, presented at a public meeting Monday hosted by the Monterey Bay Economic Partnership. But some residents worry there aren’t enough affordable housing units being built in town.

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"We’re not opposed to a development there. We’re opposed to this particular development because of density issues, the traffic issues and environmental concerns. That’s what I’m hearing from everybody," Tyler Pritchard, a resident of the area, said at a recent information session that he scheduled for neighbors.

"I, too, have concerns about home values and traffic and things of that nature considering I have a very, very small daughter that will soon be riding her bikes in the local neighborhood," said Teddy Reese, who lives nearby. "It’s really a concern that’s rooted in the fact that I’ve been living in this property a little over two years and no one came and talked to any of us in the neighborhood about a potential development. So it kind of seems like it’s a rush job."

Kevin Buckner, a principal with TBG Residential, has said he plans to submit an application for low-income housing tax credits through the Georgia Department of Community Affairs by May 24. His company expects to receive word in November on whether the tax credits, which would be used during the financing process, will be approved.

The developer initially raised the possibility of putting 84 senior housing units for residents age 55 and up, but that idea changed after the city declined during a recent Columbus Council meeting to assist with the funding mechanism, the Ledger-Enquirer reported. The firm then said it would build a 94-unit affordable housing apartment complex on the property at a cost of about $16 million.

"They have the right to voice their opinions," Buckner said of the residents. "They love that parcel of land. It’s been there for years and years. We have empathy for them."

"But once we’re built, once we’re leased up and once they see how quiet our properties are – whether it’s senior or family – they won’t know the difference," he added.


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Influential Atlanta leaders to visit San Diego in May for 2018 LINK trip

Housing affordability and transit will be key focus areas of the 2018 LINK trip to San Diego, which will take place from May 9 to May 12.

Ever since 1997, a group of more than 100 Atlanta leaders – representing governments, businesses and nonprofits – go to a different city to learn about the best practices that we can bring back to our region. And it also provides an opportunity for leaders from the 10-county region to get to know one another.

This will be a return visit to San Diego. LINK (Leadership, Innovation, Networking, Knowledge) first went to San Diego in 2001, when regional leaders were first exposed to a city that was investing in bus rapid transit (BRT).

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Doug Hooker, executive director of the Atlanta Regional Commission, said they decided to return to San Diego to see how the southern California city has implemented its plans for 17 years ago, to see what new challenges its facing and to explore whether those challenges “parallel” the issues confronting metro Atlanta.

“We know California is dealing with housing affordability,” Hooker said. “In San Diego, they estimate that they need 140,000 units of affordable housing. We have not quantified that number in the Atlanta region.”

Mike Alexander, director of ARC’s Center for Livable Communities, said that both Atlanta and San Diego are not building enough housing for middle-income families. But the State of California has done more to weigh in on the housing affordability crisis than Georgia.

But San Diego has a challenge that Atlanta does not have.

“More than 46 percent of their land is for conservation,” Hooker said. “Only 2 percent of their land is available for development in the region.”

But San Diego does have one major advantage over Atlanta. Most of the region’s 3.3 million residents reside in the County of San Diego, which has a total of 18 cities.

By comparison, the Atlanta region incorporates at least 10 counties – and dozens of cities.

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San Diego does benefit from having a streamlined governance structure where one county can set the tone and policies for the entire region.

“They are actually able to launch regional efforts through their county,” said Stephen Causby, ARC’s manager of community partnerships who organizes the LINK trip every year.

Another area of focus in San Diego is its homeless population. Although it is the 17thlargest city in the country, San Diego ranks 4thwhen it comes to the number of homeless residents.

Jack Hardin, co-chair of the Atlanta Regional Commission on Homelessness, will be on the trip to provide a local perspective of Atlanta’s initiatives to reduce chronic homelessness and how it compares to San Diego.

Hooker said there will be a greater emphasis on this trip to directly tie the issues confronting San Diego with those in Atlanta by having local leaders provide insights during the trip – a real time response.

San Diego also is known as a center of innovation.

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“It is known as a global leader in innovative technologies,” Causby said. “But small- and medium-sized firms that start there often move to other cities, such as Silicon Valley. Their goal is to attract research talent from all over the world. They are No. 2 in the nation for patents.”

But Atlanta has an edge in another way. San Diego only has two Fortune 500 companies (Qualcomm Inc. and Sempra Energy) while the Atlanta region now has 17 with the official relocation of WestRock’s headquarters from Richmond to north Fulton.

A couple of issues the LINK group will study are unique to San Diego – it has a tremendous military presence with more than 25 percent of the region’s jobs connected to the military. In 2016, the San Diego region had almost $9 billion in military procurement contracts.

The other unique issue San Diego faces is its relationship with Mexico. The greater San Diego region (also known as the CaliBaja megaregion) actually includes Tijuana and the Baja Peninsula. More than 49 million people, 930 million trucks and $4 billion in goods cross the San Diego-Tijuana border each year.

An area where San Diego and Atlanta do share much in common is transit. San Diego already has developed a couple of BRT corridors since LINK visited in 2001, and LINK participants will get to see BRT in action.

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But San Diego also has been investing in a light rail system, which connects the city to one of the main border crossings – San Ysidro.

The LINK trip will include a host of key government leaders, including Chris Tomlinson, executive director of the State Road and Tollway Authority as well as the Georgia Regional Transportation Authority; State Sen. Brandon Beach, Gwinnett Chair Charlotte Nash, Chamblee Mayor Eric Clarkson, Fulton County Commissioner Liz Hausmann, Atlanta City Council President Felicia Moore, Rockdale Chairman Oz Nesbitt, Sandy Springs Mayor Rusty Paul, Chattahoochee Hills Mayor Tom Reed, Douglasville Mayor Rochelle Robinson, Clayton Chair Jeff Turner, Union City Mayor Vince Williams and Henry Chair June Wood.

Recently-elected Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms is not going. And neither is DeKalb CEO Michael Thurmond nor Cobb Chairman Mike Boyce nor Fulton Chair Robb Pitts, who is running for re-election.

It may be a missed opportunity for the Atlanta mayor. In 2002, right after Mayor Shirley Franklin was elected, LINK went to Chicago, and Franklin was able to charm regional leaders, set the stage for her new administration to work in tandem with others and most importantly, to show how the mayor of the signature city can emerge as a national leader.

The trip will include a host of other notable leaders, including: Doug Shipman, president and CEO of the Woodruff Arts Center; Alicia Philipp, president and CEO of the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta; Robbie Ashe, chairman of MARTA’s board; Nancy Johnson, president and CEO of the Urban League of Greater Atlanta; Tim Hynes, president of Clayton State University; Bill Bolling, chair of the Food Well Alliance; Ann Kaiser, vice president of economic development for Georgia Power; Eloisa Klementich, president and CEO of Invest Atlanta; Michael Halicki, president and CEO of Park Pride; John O’Callahan, president and CEO of Atlanta Neighborhood Development Partnership; Anthony Rodriguez, co-founder of Aurora Theatre; Chris Appleton, founder and CEO of WonderRoot; Nathaniel Smith, founder of Partnership for Southern Equity; Sam Olens, counsel at Dentons; Pat Upshaw-Monteith, president and CEO of Leadership Atlanta; and Bob Voyles, founder of Seven Oaks Co.

The trip also will include several top leaders from the different chambers of commerce, business organizations and community improvement districts from throughout the region.

“LINK has been an invaluable resource for the Atlanta region,” said Doug Hooker, ARC Executive Director. “The lessons we learn and the relationships forged among participants have helped drive important innovation and collaboration back at home.”

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Gardens tourism blooming throughout Atlanta – Atlanta Business Chronicle

With new offerings and new interest sprouting, metro Atlanta’s garden tourism industry keeps blooming.

Georgia – and metro Atlanta – is home to several public gardens, some more well known to tourists than others, but each offering the best of lush flower and plant life, along with other amenities.

“As with any other form of travel, people are looking for hands-on, authentic experiences, not just to look at and admire pretty gardens. Whether it’s growing their own tomatoes, raising their own chickens or selecting plants and flowers native to Georgia to plant at home, people are thinking globally when making these choices more and more often,” said Shawn Jervis, general manager of Barnsley Resort, via email. “Gardens that offer hands-on learning experiences to teach skills people can take into their day-to-day lives will continue to grow,”

Part of the success of garden tourism is a steady interest in organic and locally grown food, he added.

“Whether through farm visits and stays, or pick-your-own [fruits and vegetables] experiences, people are reconnecting with where their food is grown and raised,” Jervis said. “You can see the importance and potential in this through statewide initiatives like Georgia Grown and by searching agri-tourism on [the website] Explore Georgia.”

Public gardens come in varying sizes in the metro area, including Atlanta Botanical Garden, Callaway Gardens, the demonstration gardens at Fernbank Science Center, Atlanta History Center’s Goizueta Gardens and State Botanical Garden of Georgia. Someone might visit a 30-acre garden for a couple hours, for example, then linger at a larger property to finish out the day.

“Each garden helps the other gardens,” said Jim Gibbs, founder, designer and developer of the 326-acre Gibbs Gardens in Ball Ground, Ga.

Though data on the economic impact of garden tourism is sparse, anecdotally, interest is growing, as these spaces in Atlanta are expanding and introducing new experiences for patrons.

“A lot of the large gardens are realizing they have to up their game in terms of their programming because that brings people in through the gates,” said Carol Cowan, manager of the North American Garden Tourism Conference, and director of marketing and operations for the Canadian Garden Council. “That’s a real draw for people when you start to mix art and music and cooking in with the beauty of a public or botanical garden.”

An indoor and outdoor experience

Barnsley Resort in Adairsville, Ga., is one example. The attraction has opened a new 55-room inn and 9,000-square-foot event space called Georgian Hall.

“We initially needed more meeting and event space to meet the increasing demand for corporate meetings, events and incentive programs at the resort, along with the growth for weddings and other celebrations,” Jervis said. “As we developed the plans and looked at the future of the resort, we recognized the opportunity to increase our guest-room capacity, allowing us to continue to host intimate retreats and board meetings while having the opportunity to book larger groups of up to 150 rooms per night.”

Barnsley has other projects in the pipeline, including a spa renovation, and the completion of its pavillion meeting and event space renovation in May, said Jervis.

Dunaway Gardens, a USDA-certified organic tea farm in the Newnan, Ga., area, has some new ideas, too, said owner Jennifer Bigham through email. “Approximately 15,000 tea plants provide the backdrop for these lush gardens. In the near future, we hope to offer tea tours and tea tastings.”

When gardens offer a variety of experiences, they draw diverse types tourists, Bigham added. “One of the things you have to look at in terms of garden tourism is, there are people who travel to a place specifically to see a garden. Then there are people who travel to a city – New York is a perfect example – and they’ve got theater tickets but they also walk the High Line [a 1.45-mile-long elevated greenway on Manhattan’s west side], because that’s part of what New York offers. They’re there for another reason, but they will incorporate [a garden] into their visit.”

In 2010, the 30-acre Atlanta Botanical Garden had about 200,000 annual visitors. That number has climbed to “more in the neighborhood of 500,000,” said Mary Pat Matheson, its president and CEO.

The city garden’s upcoming programming includes a return of the giant plant-based sculptures in “Imaginary Worlds: Once Upon a Time,” Cocktails in the Garden, a performance by singer Sheryl Crow, and additional concerts both in Atlanta and Gainesville during the summer.

“It’s our job as professionals to think ahead to what people would enjoy,” Matheson said. “We do [programming] all year long.”

Atlanta History Center’s Goizueta Gardens include six diverse gardens that capture pictures of times gone by. They are: Mary Howard Gilbert Memorial Quarry Garden; Sims Asian Garden; Frank A. Smith’s Memorial Rhododendron Garden; Swan House Gardens; Smith Family Farm Gardens; Swan Woods & Wood Family Cabin; and, under construction, Olguita’s Garden, named for Olga “Olguita” C. de Goizueta. The history center also has on its campus the Cherokee Garden Library, which is open to the public and part of the Kenan Research Center. The library has horticulture books and related material.

“Most people come to gardens to escape, to find a peaceful place, to walk around,” said Sarah Roberts, the History Center’s Olga C. de Goizueta Vice President, Goizueta Gardens and Living Collections.

Dunaway Gardens has a rich history, Bigham added. “This garden speaks of kinder, gentler, quieter times, where you can enjoy tranquility and the gifts of nature.”

After visiting 61 countries and touring their respective public gardens, Gibbs, a landscaping company owner, was inspired to start his own.

During travel to Japan in 1973, he started his plan. “I knew I wanted a rolling topography, a mature forest setting, and to be close to I-575 and Georgia 400, knowing everything was growing to the north,” he said.

In 1980, he bought 220 acres of land and, once his plants had matured, opened Gibbs Gardens in 2012.

Gibbs said patrons are after certain experiences when they visit gardens, and the metro area’s garden attractions do not disappoint. “People want to see a beautiful garden that’s well maintained,” he said. “They want to be inspired and educated.”

Bigham of Dunaway Gardens agreed. “People are drawn to gardens as an escape from the hustle and bustle of life,” she said. “They provide a place of pleasure and beauty.”


There isn’t much information about the economic impact of garden tourism on a local or national level. Carol Cowan, manager of the North American Garden Tourism Conference, and director of marketing and operations for the Canadian Garden Council, cited information on the industry from Richard Benfield’s book, “Garden Tourism (CABI, June 2013):” In any given year, more people visit public gardens in America (78 million) than go to Disneyland (11 million) and Disneyworld (11 million) combined, or visit Las Vegas (48 million) annually. Cowan also referred to data from the American Bus Association, the trade association for motorcoach operators and tour companies in the US and Canada: 66 percent of people are more apt to take a bus tour if a garden or gardens is on the itinerary.

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Some notable gardens in the area include:

Atlanta Botanical Garden

Incorporated in 1976Named one of the Top 10 Best Botanical Gardens in the Country by USA TodayCanopy Walk, Edible Garden and Cascades Garden opened in 2010

Atlanta History Center’s Goizueta Gardens

Currently has six gardens; a seventh is under constructionFeatures native plantingsRepresents how gardens looked according to the time period

Barnsley Resort

More than 3,000 acres Recently opened a new 55-room inn and 9,000-square-foot event space called Georgian HallProperty includes a spa and other amenities

Callaway Resort & Gardens

Opened in 19522,500 acresEvents include butterfly releases, birds of prey shows, concerts

Dunaway Gardens

On the National Register of Historic PlacesEstablished by stage actress Hetty Jane Dunaway and first opened in 1934 “as a theatrical training ground for some of the country’s most beloved stage performances.” Restoration began in 2000 under owner Jennifer Bigham. The gardens reopened in 2005.

Gibbs Gardens

Founded, designed and developed by Jim Gibbs, retired president and founder of Gibbs Landscape Co.Located in Ball GroundEvents include live music, festivals and presentations

The State Botanical Garden of Georgia at the University of Georgia

Opened in 1968 313 acresAttracts more than 230,000 visitors a year

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Tips For Moving Into Apartments Stone Mountain GA

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So, you have found the perfect place to live and now you are planning your move. Congratulations, this is an exciting time, but also a time that can be a bit overwhelming. However, when you choose to properly plan your move it can be more efficient, less time consuming, and actually be an enjoyable process. Read on for advice that you can find helpful when you are moving into apartments Stone Mountain GA.

First of all, you should determine when you are moving to the apartments Stone Mountain GA. Once you found the perfect living space, you should have determined the date that the apartment will be available to you. This is an important date, but may not be the day you plan on fully living in the space. Or it may be, it is up to you. By determining a date, you can then plan your move more effectively.

With the date in mind, you will want to begin taking care of some different things. One thing that is important to do is start having the utilities turned on at the new apartment and having the ones at your current home turned off. Different apartments have different rules and procedures so you may not have to do this, but if you do, it is important that you do so in a timely manner. By calling the water department, electric company, gas company, if necessary, cable company if you choose to have cable, and internet provider if this is something you desire, you can begin services on the date that you plan on being in your new apartment.

Then, you can begin packing your belongings. Whether you are planning to move in a month or a day, starting the packing process early can help make things less overwhelming. If it is some time before the move, choosing to gather boxes and other containers and then placing items that you don’t need immediately in them, can help save you time. As you pack, be sure that you label the boxes so you know what is in each one and in which room they need to go. This will be quite helpful as you unpack and find the need to use the items that are packed away.

After that, you can plan the day or days of your move. Do you want or need help to get your items from point A to point B? If so, you can find the help you need. You may want to talk to friends and family members, hire someone to help you, or rent a truck to help you with the move to your new apartment.

As you can see, when it is time to move into a new apartment in Stone Mountain, there are many things that you will need to take care of. By giving thought to the move and all it takes, you can plan the process and make it as efficient and as effective as possible.

Property Details for 45 Ivan Allen Jr Blvd NW Unit 2702

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45 Ivan Allen Jr Blvd Nw Unit 2702, Atlanta, GA 30308
45 Ivan Allen Jr Blvd Nw Unit 2702, Atlanta, GA 3030845 Ivan Allen Jr Blvd Nw Unit 2702, Atlanta, GA 30308
45 Ivan Allen Jr Blvd Nw Unit 2702, Atlanta, GA 30308

45 Ivan Allen Jr Blvd Nw Unit 2702, Atlanta, GA 30308 is a condo/townhome/row home/co-op for sale, and has been listed on the market for 8 days. 45 Ivan Allen Jr Blvd NW Unit 2702 is in the Centennial Hill neighborhood, which has a median listing price of $2,750,000. The median listing price for Centennial Hill is 21% less than Atlanta at $300,000, and 0% less than GA at $235,000. Nearby neighborhoods like Downtown Atlanta, Northeast Atlanta, Midtown, and Buckhead have a median listing price of $235,000. The schools near 45 Ivan Allen Jr Blvd NW Unit 2702 include Centennial Academy School, Inman Middle School, and Grady High School, which are all in the Elementary School: Centennial Place, High School: Grady, and Middle School: Inman district. There are similar and nearby condo/townhome/row home/co-ops for sale include 45 Ivan Allen Jr Blvd NW Unit 2704.

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Atlanta Now Casting: Play a Principal Role in Inspiring Play ‘Citizens Market’

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Star in an inspiring play about chosen family in an unlikely place this spring.

Written by Cori Thomas and directed by Jeff Adler, “Citizens Market” will follow a hopeful group of immigrants who form an unlikely family as employees at a New York City supermarket “working to master the ups and downs of language, love, and staying afloat in the city that never sleeps.”

The production is seeking Equity actors for the five principal roles in the play. Talent, aged 20–69, of all ethnicities, is wanted for the roles, though the characters will be immigrants from Romania, Sierra Leone, Ghana, and El Salvador.

There will be an Equity Principal Audition on March 27 in Atlanta, Georgia. Local actors or actors who have Atlanta, Georgia housing and are able to work locally are strongly encouraged to apply. Rehearsals will begin on April 16 and performances will run May 25–June 24.

Join the family by applying directly on Backstage here!

Check out Backstage’s Atlanta audition listings!

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Abundance of LGBTQ riches on Atlanta stages this spring

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Clockwise from left: ‘The Little Mermaid,’ Trixie Mattel and ‘Out of Darkness: Two Remain.’ (Courtesy photos)

Between theater gigs, special events, comedy, opera and concerts, the spring is a hotbed of LGBTQ offerings.

One of the most-anticipated treats of the season is “Out of Darkness: Two Remain,” staged by Atlanta Opera and directed by the company’s innovative artistic director, Tomer Zvulun. Composer Jake Heggie’s and librettist Gene Scheer‘s opera, in two acts, deals with Holocaust survivors being visited by ghosts from their past. It’s based on true stories by survivors including gay German Jew Gad Beck. The work is being done in collaboration with Theatrical Outfit.

Openly gay comic, actor and YouTube sensation Randy Rainbow is bringing his patented sense of humor to town in April. His musical tribute to the first presidential debate in 2016 was seen by more than 25 million people in just two days, and his comedic videos are starting to pop up everywhere.

Looking for even more laughs? A night with Kathleen Madigan might be the cure. Over her lengthy career, she has been seen on every late night show imaginable, and her comedy show “Gone Madigan” has been seen on Showtime and Netflix. Also look for the queen of mean, funny lady (and gay fave) Lisa Lampanelli, visiting the city next weekend, and the improv madness of “Whose Line is it Anyway?” in May.
Groundbreaking gay artist Todrick Hall follows up a run in Broadway’s “Chicago” with his new “American: The Forbidden” world tour, making a stop at the Fox Theatre in May.

An evening of music, comedy and drag is promised at drag goddess Trixie Mattel’s Now With Moving Parts Tour, while the Atlanta Ballet’s “Bach to Broadway” is set to music by George Gershwin.

Out Front Theatre Company has a slew of events, including a production of the beloved “Sordid Lives” and a new show with “Sordid Lives” creator Del Shores titled “Six Characters in Search of a Play.” Other theater highlights include Serenbe Playhouse’s “The Little Mermaid” and Actor’s Express’ “The Color Purple.” As well, Aurora Theatre is taking its adorable version of the crowd-pleasing “Mamma Mia!” to the Ferst Center in June after it closes it current run.

Finally, the biggest ticket of the season looks to be the long awaited bow of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s “Hamilton,” the winner of several Tony Awards and a pop culture phenomenon. It comes to town via the Broadway in Atlanta series and looks to cause the stir here it has everywhere else.

Lisa Lampanelli
March 24
Center Stage Theatre

“The Little Mermaid”
March 28 – April 22
Serenbe Playhouse

“Out of Darkness: Two Remain”
April 5 – 15
Atlanta Opera
The Balzer Theatre at Herren’s

Randy Rainbow Live
April 12
The Buckhead Theatre

Kathleen Madigan: Boxed Wine and Bigfoot
April 13 – 14
The Buckhead Theatre

Trixie Mattel —Now With Moving Parts Tour
April 23
The Buckhead Theatre

“Sordid Lives”
May 3 – 20
Out Front Theatre

Todrick Hall American: The Forbidden Tour
May 6
Fox Theatre

Whose Line is it Anyway?
May 8
Tabernacle Atlanta

“Bach to Broadway”
May 11 – 13
Atlanta Ballet
Cobb Energy Centre

“Six Characters in Search of a Play”
May 20
Out Front Theatre

May 22 – June 10
Fox Theatre

“Mamma Mia!”
June 9 – 24
Ferst Center for the Arts

“The Color Purple”
June 16 – July 29
Actor’s Express

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These are the top 2 contenders for Amazon’s HQ2, according to economists and housing experts

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The real-estate listing company Zillow surveyed dozens of housing experts and economists on what city they believe could land Amazon HQ2, the company’s $5 billion headquarters.Atlanta, Georgia and Northern Virginia are their top picks.The survey’s conclusions are similar to other HQ2 analyses, many of which have also pointed toward the Washington, DC area and Atlanta as top contenders.

Since the latter part of 2017, cities across North America have had a $5 billion question on their minds: Where will Amazon choose for its second headquarters?

In September, the tech giant announced that it will build the new campus, called HQ2, in a North American city. The $5 billion headquarters is expected to bring 50,000 jobs over the next two decades, making it the most coveted corporate-civic giveaways in recent history. Earlier this year, Amazon announced the top 20 contenders.

A new survey from Zillow guesses which cities are most likely to win HQ2. The real-estate listing company asked more than 100 housing experts and economists their opinions about the probability of Amazon picking each of the HQ2 finalists.

Most said Northern Virginia and Atlanta are highly likely, while Los Angeles, the New York City area, and Miami are considered long shots.

Atlanta has ample space for Amazon to grow, a business-friendly regulatory climate, and very low housing costs — which could all be big selling points for the company. Northern Virginia is close to policymakers in DC and has an emerging tech industry.

Zillow’s conclusions mirror those made by previous HQ2 analyses.

In a recent study by Bank of America Merrill Lynch, analysts pointed toward Atlanta; Boston; Denver; Raleigh, North Carolina; and Washington, DC. In February, Scott Galloway, a marketing professor at New York University’s business school, predicted that New York City; Newark, New Jersey; Washington, DC; Montgomery County, Maryland; and Northern Virginia are top contenders.

Amazon representatives reportedly toured several sites in the Washington, DC area last week, according to The Washington Post. During the trip, they met with the governor of Virginia and the mayor of Washington, DC.

As Amazon continues to grow in Seattle, Washington, the city has seen skyrocketing housing prices, increased gridlock, closures of independent businesses, and unrelenting construction — a reality that many urban planning experts say could be an omen for the HQ2 city.

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Georgia-Pacific to build $135 million softwood lumber mill in Georgia

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ATLANTA – Georgia-Pacific announced it will build a 340,000-square-foot softwood lumber mill in Warrenton, Georgia. Construction of the $135 million technologically advanced facility is scheduled to begin this summer, with an anticipated startup in spring 2019.

The new lumber production facility will replace an older plant and create 30 to 40 additonal jobs when operational, bringing the company’s workforce in Warren County to approximately 150 people. It will be built on land adjacent to the existing mill, which has been in operation since the early 1970s.

“We have enough property next to our existing mill in Warren County to build a larger facility equipped with the latest in lumber manufacturing technology,” said Fritz Mason, vice president and general manager, Georgia-Pacific Lumber. “We have a great team at Warrenton and building a new state-of-the-art facility on this site will make it competitive for years to come. The team has earned it.”

The new facility will be capable of over three times the output of the current facility, which will remain operational until the new plant is built. Once in production, the new facility will receive approximately 185 truckloads of pine logs a day and produce approximately 350 million board-feet of lumber per year, according to Georgia-Pacific in a Feb. 20 statement.

Georgia-Pacific employs more than 7,200 people at 18 locations in Georgia. Those jobs create an additional 21,440 indirect jobs. Since 2006 the company said it has invested approximately $1.9 billion in additional capital and acquisitions in Georgia.

“Georgia-Pacific has found an abundance of success in Georgia, and this new softwood lumber production facility in Warren County allows them to continue to tap into the wealth of resources in Warrenton,” said Governor Nathan Deal. “We look forward to continuing our relationship with this leading company as they not only drive innovation in this sector, but in the state.”

According to Dr. Wes Clarke at the University of Georgia’s Carl Vinson Institute of Government, the project will support 454 direct fulltime construction jobs in Warren County, another 41 fulltime indirect jobs supporting the project, and 42 induced jobs in the community during the construction period. This construction activity will have a positive economic impact of more than $28 million added to Warren County during construction.

“Last year we announced a similar project in Talladega, Alabama that will begin production this summer. This new facility at Warrenton is the second of several we have in our current plan,” Mason said. “The demand for lumber continues to improve as the housing market recovers, so we continue to evaluate similar investments in several states across the country to serve our customers’ needs for lumber.”

At full operation, the 300,000-square-foot state-of-the-art plant will employ more than 100 full-time employees. The $100 million lumber production facility in Talladega, Alabama, is scheduled for startup in late 2018.

Based in Atlanta, Georgia-Pacific and its subsidiaries are among the world’s leading manufacturers and marketers of lumber and composite panel products for use in cabinetry, furniture, casegoods, closet systems and other wood products. The company also produces related chemicals, cellulose, specialty fibers, nonwoven fabrics, and consumer-related items, including bath tissue, paper towels and napkins, tableware, paper-based packaging and office papers, with consumer brands including Quilted Northern®, Angel Soft®, Brawny®, Dixie®, enMotion®, Sparkle®, Mardi Gras®, Vanity Fair®, and STAINMASTER™ household cleaning products. The company operates approximately 200 facilities and employs approximately 35,000 people directly, and creates nearly 92,000 jobs indirectly.

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