John is a partner in the Corporate, Economic Development & Public Finance, and Alternative & Renewable Energy practices. As a special assistant attorney general in 2006, John assisted with successful negotiations for the $1.2 billion Kia automotive assembly plant, resulting in increased local and state tax revenue, and approximately 10,000 new direct jobs in Georgia.
John focuses his practice on cutting-edge economic development. Throughout his career spanning more than 40 years, John has represented all the parties, including developers, lenders, property owners, and suppliers on renewable energy projects, while continuing to grow his traditional economic development practice working with companies, lenders, development authorities, and governments on creative financing and incentives. AGG’s Economic Development & Public Finance industry team is seasoned and deep, with over 80 years combined experience and shared knowledge. As a part of this team, John has worked on projects for manufacturing, distribution, headquarters, and research and development facilities across the United States.
John worked for eight years on Georgia legislation to allow public-private partnerships (P3s) for reservoirs, as well as water, reuse water, and wastewater facilities and systems (water facilities). He was selected by the Georgia Chamber of Commerce as part of the drafting team for Senate Bill (SB) 122, signed into law in 2011. SB 122 authorizes the state and local governments and authorities to enter into contracts for up to 50 years with private companies to build and operate water facilities. This new tool will help Georgia increase its water supply, treat wastewater to higher standards, and encourage the use of reused water while protecting Georgia’s environment.
John serves as a special assistant attorney general to the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority with Governor Deal’s $300 million water supply program involving reservoirs and wells.