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Joint Development Authority to meet Tuesday
Group to convene for first time since approving bonds
Stanton Springs

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. — The four-county Joint Development Authority will meet Tuesday for the first time since approving a deal that could bring a large multibillion-dollar data center to the area.

The JDA of Jasper, Morgan, Newton and Walton Counties will convene at 6 p.m. at the Old Moore House, at 13924 U.S. 278 in Social Circle.

The authority on Jan. 23 approved$42 billion in bonds, plus tax incentives and a land purchase agreement for Morning Hornet LLC. The company plans to locate a data center at Stanton Springs in Newton County.

Stanton Springs is a 1,620-acre development owned in part by the JDA. It is located at the nexus of Morgan, Newton and Walton counties along Interstate 20. It’s already the home of Shire PLC and the Georgia Bioscience Training Center.

Morning Hornet could be a conduit for a reported investment by Facebook. The Atlanta Business Chronicle hasreported Facebook will build a 400-acre data center at Stanton Springs, although local officials have refused to confirm or deny the report.

The agenda Tuesday calls for the JDA to go into executive session to discuss land acquisition. The authority also will discuss applying for a grant to extend a road.

A judge in Morgan County Superior Court validated the bonds in a hearing Feb. 14. No one objected in court. At the time, Serra P. Hall, the senior project manager of the Covington/Newton County Office of Economic Development, said finalizing the project “should be wrapping up in about 60 days.”

In other business, the JDA on Tuesday is expected to receive updates from its economic development team and from Stanton Springs partner TPA Group LLC.

PDF: Joint Development Authority Agenda for Feb. 27, 2018