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Mayor Kasim Reed and Invest Atlanta Board of Directors Approve Resolution to Support Major Renovations to Georgia-Pacific Building, Bringing 600 New Jobs

Post Date:03/17/2016 3:30 PM
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 Mayor’s Office of Communications
55 Trinity Avenue, Suite 2500 • Atlanta, Georgia 30303

Anne Torres, Director
404-330-6423, office
404-904-2618, cell
amtorres@atlantaga.gov

Jenna Garland, Press Secretary
404-330-6612, office
404-357-5579, cell
jgarland@atlantaga.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 17, 2016

News Release

Mayor Kasim Reed and Invest Atlanta Board of Directors Approve Resolution to Support Major Renovations to Georgia-Pacific Building, Bringing 600 New Jobs

Renovations will allow Georgia-Pacific to maintain and expand its Atlanta headquarters

ATLANTA – Mayor Kasim Reed and the Invest Atlanta Board of Directors unanimously approved a resolution to issue up to $150,000,000 in lease purchase revenue bonds to finance major renovations to the Georgia-Pacific building in downtown Atlanta. Georgia-Pacific will reconfigure 23 floors of its headquarters building. The company cited the ability to acquire, reconstruct and install the improvements as a major factor in its decision to maintain 2,600 employees in Atlanta and add up to 600 new jobs.

“Georgia-Pacific is a vital part of the Atlanta skyline and the Atlanta business community,” said Mayor Reed. “Through the support of Invest Atlanta, this major employer is able to maintain its headquarters in downtown Atlanta and add up to 600 new, well-paying jobs. The renovations will modernize the company’s offices, making Georgia-Pacific more attractive to younger, tech-savvy workers, and will also support our goals of making Atlanta a top-tier city for sustainability through water and energy conservation efforts.”

The average salary for Georgia-Pacific’s new jobs is approximately $100,000 per year. Additionally, the renovations will allow the building to accommodate up to 700 additional jobs through leases with other companies, supporting the acceleration of commercial and residential density in downtown Atlanta. The new, open-concept design is an important part of Georgia-Pacific’s plan to attract and retain new talent in Atlanta.

“Business retention and expansion is an important focus for Invest Atlanta. We work to make sure our home-town companies are healthy and strong and continue to grow as our economy grows,” said Dr. Eloisa Klementich, CEcD, President and CEO of Invest Atlanta. “Furthermore, we are proud to support business growth in the heart of downtown Atlanta.”

The Georgia-Pacific building is 52 stories high and was completed in 1982; for the next five years it was the tallest building in Atlanta. The building sits on the Atlanta Streetcar route and is MARTA accessible through the Peachtree Center station. Since plans for the Atlanta Streetcar route were announced, more than $2 billion in new investment has occurred within a five minute walk, including the new Post apartment development alongside Centennial Olympic Park.

Invest Atlanta is the economic development arm of the City of Atlanta. Mayor Reed is chairman of the Board of Directors. In 2015, Invest Atlanta’s efforts resulted in 13 businesses relocating or expanding major operations in the City of Atlanta, creating more than 12,000 jobs within the city.

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