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

Fiserv to buy First Data in $22B deal, but Atlanta impact not clear
 Two of the nation’s biggest financial technology companies are joining forces in a $22 billion merger that could have major ramifications for metro Atlanta. Wisconsin-based Fiserv announced Wednesday it will acquire Sandy Springs-based First Data in an all-stock transaction that will create what Fiserv CEO Jeff Yabuki called the...

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Two of the nation’s biggest financial technology companies are joining forces in a $22 billion merger that could have major ramifications for metro Atlanta. Wisconsin-based Fiserv announced Wednesday it will acquire Sandy Springs-based First Data in an all-stock transaction that will create what Fiserv CEO Jeff Yabuki called the...
Kasim Reed’s former aide collapsed during her sentencing. Now what?
 Katrina Taylor-Parks, a top aide to former Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, was in the middle of being sentenced for taking bribes from a vendor when she collapsed and was taken by ambulance to a hospital Monday afternoon. The chaotic interruption in federal court left uncertain when Reed’s former deputy chief of staff will officially be sentenced...

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Katrina Taylor-Parks, a top aide to former Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, was in the middle of being sentenced for taking bribes from a vendor when she collapsed and was taken by ambulance to a hospital Monday afternoon. The chaotic interruption in federal court left uncertain when Reed’s former deputy chief of staff will officially be sentenced...
PHOTOS: Former Kasim Reed aide collapses in federal court
Katrina Taylor Parks, the deputy chief of staff to former Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, is loaded into an ambulance Monday after she collapsed during her sentencing hearing at the federal courthouse in downtown Atlanta. J. SCOTT TRUBEY/STRUBEY@AJC.COM

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Katrina Taylor Parks, the deputy chief of staff to former Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, is loaded into an ambulance Monday after she collapsed during her sentencing hearing at the federal courthouse in downtown Atlanta. J. SCOTT TRUBEY/STRUBEY@AJC.COM
Ex-Atlanta Mayor Reed’s aide collapses in court during sentencing
 Katrina Taylor-Parks was accustomed to standing before the Atlanta City Council and whipping votes to back former Mayor Kasim Reed’s policies. Monday, however, found her standing before U.S. District Court Judge Steve Jones for sentencing after admitting in August to taking bribes from a city vendor. As Jones sided with prosecutors...

Posted: 2 days ago

Katrina Taylor-Parks was accustomed to standing before the Atlanta City Council and whipping votes to back former Mayor Kasim Reed’s policies. Monday, however, found her standing before U.S. District Court Judge Steve Jones for sentencing after admitting in August to taking bribes from a city vendor. As Jones sided with prosecutors...
Health IT company BioIQ to relocate HQ to Cobb
 A California company that specializes in information technology for the health care sector plans to relocate its headquarters to Cobb County and create or relocate 500 jobs. Gov. Nathan Deal’s office said Thursday BioIQ will invest $5 million in its expansion in Cobb. The company currently has an office along Windy Ridge Parkway in...

Posted: 6 days ago

A California company that specializes in information technology for the health care sector plans to relocate its headquarters to Cobb County and create or relocate 500 jobs. Gov. Nathan Deal’s office said Thursday BioIQ will invest $5 million in its expansion in Cobb. The company currently has an office along Windy Ridge Parkway in...
Atlanta’s $900-an-hour lawyers reach no conclusion in mayor staff case
 Two lawyers, hired by Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms’ administration to review how a former city councilman came to work as a special adviser to the mayor, were paid $900 an hour for the work. But the high-priced attorneys failed in a basic tenet of fact finding: They didn’t talk to key people — the mayor and her chief of staff...

Posted: 7 days ago

Two lawyers, hired by Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms’ administration to review how a former city councilman came to work as a special adviser to the mayor, were paid $900 an hour for the work. But the high-priced attorneys failed in a basic tenet of fact finding: They didn’t talk to key people — the mayor and her chief of staff...
Federal courts feel pinch from ongoing government shutdown
 The partial government shutdown is beginning to hit metro Atlanta’s federal courts, with some cases grinding to a halt as dollars from Washington dry up. Federal prosecutors and legal staff in the criminal division of the Northern District of Georgia remain on the job — though unpaid — amid the ongoing stalemate. Criminal...

Posted: 7 days ago

The partial government shutdown is beginning to hit metro Atlanta’s federal courts, with some cases grinding to a halt as dollars from Washington dry up. Federal prosecutors and legal staff in the criminal division of the Northern District of Georgia remain on the job — though unpaid — amid the ongoing stalemate. Criminal...
APS, Atlanta City Council OK deal to end Gulch tax fight
 The Atlanta school board and Atlanta City Council  approved a deal, derided by some,  that would allow the use of school property taxes to help pay for the Gulch project.  The school board met today to approve the agreement by a 8-0 vote, with Kandis Wood Jackson absent. Several hours later, the City Council unanimously approved...

Posted: 9 days ago

The Atlanta school board and Atlanta City Council approved a deal, derided by some, that would allow the use of school property taxes to help pay for the Gulch project.  The school board met today to approve the agreement by a 8-0 vote, with Kandis Wood Jackson absent. Several hours later, the City Council unanimously approved...
NEW DETAILS | Bottoms: APS, city have deal on Gulch tax impasse
 The city of Atlanta announced Friday it has reached a deal with Atlanta Public Schools to use school taxes to help redevelop downtown’s Gulch, ending an impasse that threatened public money crucial for the up to $5 billion project. Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms’ office released broad outlines of the proposed deal. In it, APS would...

Posted: 12 days ago

The city of Atlanta announced Friday it has reached a deal with Atlanta Public Schools to use school taxes to help redevelop downtown’s Gulch, ending an impasse that threatened public money crucial for the up to $5 billion project. Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms’ office released broad outlines of the proposed deal. In it, APS would...
In the eye of the housing storm: An interview with Atlanta developer Egbert Perry
 Egbert Perry, one of Atlanta’s better-known chief executives, runs the development firm Integral Group that is redeveloping the old GM plant site in Doraville. For the past 10 years, he had a bird’s eye view of the broader economy as a board member and later as chairman of home mortgage giant Fannie Mae. In December, Perry stepped...

Posted: 12 days ago

Egbert Perry, one of Atlanta’s better-known chief executives, runs the development firm Integral Group that is redeveloping the old GM plant site in Doraville. For the past 10 years, he had a bird’s eye view of the broader economy as a board member and later as chairman of home mortgage giant Fannie Mae. In December, Perry stepped...
NEW DETAILS: Former Mayor Kasim Reed said to seek legal counsel amid federal probe
 Former Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed has sought legal advice from a noted criminal defense attorney amid the ongoing probe of alleged corruption at City Hall, people familiar with the matter told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Channel 2 Action News. It’s not clear if Reed has formally retained Atlanta attorney Craig Gillen or...

Posted: 12 days ago

Former Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed has sought legal advice from a noted criminal defense attorney amid the ongoing probe of alleged corruption at City Hall, people familiar with the matter told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Channel 2 Action News. It’s not clear if Reed has formally retained Atlanta attorney Craig Gillen or...