Deal vows to prove doubters of ATL Amazon bid wrong after Delta flap


Gov. Nathan Deal had a message Wednesday for those who say the recent flap between state lawmakers and Delta Air Lines might cost metro Atlanta Amazon’s second headquarters.

After a press conference to announce a new sprawling Facebook data center near Social Circle, Deal was asked to answer those who believe the move to ground a jet fuel sale tax break might dash Georgia’s chances for HQ2 and 50,000 jobs.

“I look forward to proving them wrong,” Deal said.

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Atlanta is one of 20 finalists for HQ2. The Delta fight, which started when the carrier ended a discount program for NRA members following a deadly Florida school shooting, was a national story for days, with leaders of other states pitching Delta to move their headquarters. Delta has said it’s going nowhere.

Many have feared the battle, and a pending debate on a controversial adoption bill, could stymie Georgia’s chances with Amazon.

With about eight months left before he leaves office, Deal hinted there are other projects in Georgia’s pipeline.

“There’s always surprises,” Deal said when asked whether any other major wins could come in his remaining term. “That’s the good thing about economic development in the state of Georgia, there are always projects in the pipeline.”

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