The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
For months, state officials and business leaders warned that a TSPLOST defeat would cost metro Atlanta precious jobs and prolong its economic funk. Now they start recalibrating the message to potential recruits: Ambitious regional transportation overhauls take time, and Atlanta’s effort is no exception.
“Look, we didn’t have the TSPLOST before, but we still attracted businesses,” Chris Cummiskey, the head of Georgia’s economic development department, said Wednesday. “We had a setback but I’m confident that we can fix this problem.”
He offered the glass-half-full pitch at the groundbreaking of one his agency’s biggest recent wins: A major biosciences facility near Covington for pharmaceutical giant Baxter International.
But John Boyd of The Boyd Co., a New Jersey-based site selection consulting firm, said such wins will be harder to come by now. Many firms already fear