John is a partner in the Corporate, Economic Development 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 for the State of 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 Practice Team is seasoned and deep, with over 50 years combined experience and shared knowledge. Through his involvement on 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 waste water 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 as well as 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 waste water to higher standards, and encourage the use of reuse water while protecting Georgia’s environment.