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Georgia’s joint development authorities vary widely in meeting transparency

Little-known government bodies called joint development authorities around the state, with such powers as issuing bonds and conducting regional plans, vary widely in transparency and public accessibility, a SaportaReport review has found. At least two multi-county JDAs may be violating a state law requiring them to meet quarterly, including a DeKalb/Newton/Gwinnett authority that was last […]

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Obscure six-county development authority collects fees, hired lobbyist, meets privately

An obscure joint development authority of six metro Atlanta counties has ignored state financial reporting requirements and open meetings laws for years while collecting and spending public money: $15,000 a year in membership fees, a $10,000-a-year lobbyist, and the ability of companies in member counties to get job-based tax breaks. The Joint Development Authority of […]