Zachary Hansen, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Zachary Hansen

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Atlanta, GA, United States

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Past articles by Zachary:

Bernice King, Ashley Bell lead Black ATL investors’ deal to buy Utah bank

An investment company operated by prominent Black Atlantans is capping off Black History Month by making history — becoming the first minority investors, they say, to buy a white-owned bank, converting it into a Black-owned one. → Read More

Residents, scientists slam Okefenokee mining proposal

Residents and environmental groups spoke overwhelmingly in opposition this week during a pair of hearings on a controversial mine proposed next to the Okefenokee Swamp in South Georgia. → Read More

Black banks long important to Atlanta, a bastion of financial strength

The rapid decline in the number of Black banks, largely attributed to the Great Recession’s disproportionate effect on minority communities, prompted a wave of Atlanta leaders to try to evolve and support Black-owned financial institutions. → Read More

Bill proposed to allow development authorities, CIDs to meet virtually

A proposed state Senate bill could allow certain business-focused government authorities to hold virtual meetings without the need for emergency declarations. → Read More

Green manufacturing company opening HQ in Georgia with 170 jobs

A startup that designs and manufactures sustainable building materials is opening its $59 million headquarters south of Atlanta. → Read More

Third Hyundai supplier announces factory near future Georgia EV plant

An automobile parts supplier announced Thursday that it is joining a growing list of companies opening factories in Coastal Georgia to support Hyundai Motor Group’s future $5.54 billion electric vehicle plant. → Read More

Juniper Cafe to relocate, clearing way for new West Midtown restaurant

A year after opening in West Midtown, Juniper Cafe will close its doors so ownership can pursue relocation options. → Read More

Company behind beloved pecan log rolls expanding Georgia HQ

A family-owned rural Georgia business famous for its nostalgic pecan candies, kitschy souvenirs and retro aesthetic is expanding its headquarters and will hire dozens of new employees. → Read More

Elevator innovation in metro Atlanta could change how buildings rise

TK Elevator, an international engineering firm, opened the tower as its North American headquarters earlier this year to test various lift and escalator technologies. → Read More

Ex-UGA student who pleaded guilty in Ponzi scheme accused of new fraud

A former University of Georgia student, who pleaded guilty three years ago to running a Ponzi scheme out of his Athens fraternity house, has been accused by the Securities and Exchange Commission in a separate civil matter of defrauding brokerage firms before reporting to prison. → Read More

Georgia Tech breaks ground on third phase of Midtown’s Tech Square

One of Midtown’s most transformative projects that’s attracted Fortune 500 companies to the doorstep of Georgia Tech is entering its next phase. → Read More

Hyundai sets date to break ground on $5.5B EV factory in Georgia

Hyundai Motor Group is pushing past its issues with the U.S.’s new electric vehicle tax credits and announced plans Wednesday for a ceremonial groundbreaking later this month for its $5.5 billion factory near Savannah. → Read More

BREAKING: Georgia judge’s incentives ruling threatens Rivian EV plant

A Morgan County judge shot down a central component of the $1.5 billion incentive package offered to electric vehicle startup Rivian on Thursday, a ruling that threatens the future of one of Georgia’s biggest economic development projects. → Read More

Warnock to introduce EV tax credit bill to give grace period to Hyundai

U.S. Sen. Raphael Warnock plans to introduce a bill Thursday to tweak requirements for electric vehicle tax credits in President Joe Biden’s signature climate and health law. → Read More

Roofing manufacturer to open South Georgia facility, creating 135 jobs

One of the country’s largest roofing manufacturers will open a new facility near the Georgia-Florida line. → Read More

Design firm sues former West End mall developer over missed payment

A planning firm alleges a partnership founded by Atlanta Beltline visionary Ryan Gravel and music artist manager and investor Donray Von failed to pay its bill for designs it drafted for a proposed redevelopment of the Mall West End. → Read More

Gigantic data center campus planned for 615-acre site south of Atlanta

Fayette County, south of Atlanta, may soon be home to one of the largest data center campuses in the world. → Read More

How the climate bill will affect Georgia’s EV industry, car buyers

A big part of the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) is to promote electric vehicles, and that could have major ramifications for Georgia. → Read More

Rivian production and revenues grow, but so do losses in second quarter

Rivian reported a net loss of $1.7 billion in the quarter that ended in June, triple its reported losses from the same period a year ago before the company went public and started to ramp up production of its electric R1T truck, R1S SUV and delivery vans for Amazon. → Read More

$15B in bonds for Rivian EV plant in limbo as judge considers concerns

A judge decided to pump the brakes on validating up to $15 billion in bonds for Rivian’s planned electric vehicle plant an hour east of Atlanta. → Read More