January 23, 2018
According to an article in the Rockdale Citizen:
“The JDA is scheduled to meet today at 6 p.m. One item on the agenda is a resolution for a purchase and sale agreement, pre-development agreement and site access agreement. The agenda does not name Facebook as the other party to the agreements. In addition, a bond resolution that may be part of the Facebook agreement is on the agenda.”
Both Comm. Pennamon and Steve Jordan, Jasper members on the JDA, attended the Development Authority of Jasper County meeting today, but neither had anything to say about the Facebook agreement. When specifically asked, Comm. Pennamon said he had no comment.
COVINGTON NEWS ARTICLE:
Report: Facebook may be coming to county
Data center could be multibillion-dollar investment at Stanton Springs
By David Clemons and Jackie Gutknecht
COVINGTON, Ga. — The world’s largest social network may be coming to Social Circle.
The Joint Development Authority for the four counties that own the Stanton Springs planned community is expected to approve a purchase and sale agreement, pre-development agreement and site access agreement on a project code named Morning Hornet.
The Atlanta Business Chronicle reported Tuesday morning Facebook will build a 400-acre data center at the business park. Stanton Springs, off Interstate 20 near Social Circle, is home to Shire PLC and the Georgia Bioscience Training Center.
The newspaper reported Facebook would be making a $20 billion investment over several years. Sources close to the project have told The Covington News the project could create about 250 jobs.
U.S. Rep. Jody Hice, R-Ga., called the report “totally, totally huge” during an interview with The News.
Although the majority of the Shire site is in Walton County, the site that would be home to Facebook is in unincorporated Newton County. Jasper and Morgan counties also own the 1,620-acre development.
“At this time, I cannot comment on active projects involving the Joint Development Authority,” Serra P. Hall, senior project manager for the Covington/Newton County Office of Economic Development, told The News early Tuesday.
The JDA has a meeting scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday in Social Circle.
Shane Short, the executive director of the Development Authority of Walton County, also declined to comment before the JDA meeting.
Social Circle Mayor Hal Dally declined to comment on media reports until there is an official vote by the JDA and announcement by a company. Dally is a member of the Development Authority of Walton County.
News of a potential Facebook decision to come to Newton County was just one big economic announcement for the state. Gov. Nathan Deal and Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms on Tuesday announced Groupe PSA, a French carmaker, would locate its North American headquarters in Atlanta.
Covington News owner Patrick Graham contributed to this report.
ROCKDALE CITIZEN ARTICLE:
Stanton Springs may be home to new Facebook data center
Jan 23, 2018 Updated 2 hrs ago
COVINGTON — Stanton Springs could become the home of a new Facebook data center, the Atlanta Business Chronicle is reporting.
According to the business journal, Facebook is expected to purchase a 400-acre tract in Stanton Springs for a new data center campus, investing about $20 billion over 20 years.
Stanton Springs is owned jointly by Technology Park Atlanta and the Joint Development Authority of Jasper, Morgan, Newton and Walton counties. The JDA is scheduled to meet today at 6 p.m. One item on the agenda is a resolution for a purchase and sale agreement, pre-development agreement and site access agreement. The agenda does not name Facebook as the other party to the agreements.
In addition, a bond resolution that may be part of the Facebook agreement is on the agenda.
Stanton Springs is currently home to Shire, a global leader in biotech. Shire, which has made a $1.84 billion investment in Stanton Springs, is expected to receive FDA approval early this year and begin full production.
Stan Edwards, District 1 representative on the Newton County Board of Commissioners, said he could not confirm nor deny that Facebook is planning a move to Stanton Springs, which lies partly in his district.
“At this time I cannot comment on active projects involving the Joint Development Authority,” he said.
Edwards said he planned to attend the JDA meeting Tuesday evening.
Check back for more updates as they become available.
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