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Virginia mayor looks to fight to keep railway from coming to Georgia

Over 1000 jobs could be coming to the Georgia capital from Virginia, but the Mayor of Norfolk wants it to stay.

A popular railway company wants to move operations to Georgia’s capital city, but a Virginia mayor will not give up that easily.

Norfolk Southern Railway is looking to move operations to Atlanta despite the Mayor of Norfolk, VA Kenny Alexander, who met with Norfolk Southern Railway executives on Tuesday.

Georgia’s Department of Economic Development has confirmed that the company has been on site visits scouting Atlanta for a new headquarters location.

Norfolk Southern is looking at an area in Atlanta called “the Gulch” and could locate over 1,000 jobs to the Atlanta area. According to Atlanta local news reports, Norfolk Southern owns land in that area.

The goal of Norfolk Southern is to consolidate operations, and the Mayor of Norfolk Kenny Alexander told the Virginian-Pilot the railway giant should stay in Norfolk citing the quality of schools, educational assets, and healthcare quality.

Norfolk Southern made a statement saying that it was a possibility of them moving to Georgia.


Jeremy Spencer grew up in rural South Georgia and has served as a healthcare provider, high school science teacher, school administrator, and state education official. Jeremy is currently the market and content manager for All on Georgia-Camden and Glynn Counties. Jeremy’s focus is local news, statewide education issues, and statewide political commentary for the All on Georgia News Network. Jeremy has served as an education policy analyst for local legislators and state education leaders as well as a campaign strategist for local and statewide political campaigns. Jeremy holds degrees in science and education from the University of Georgia, Piedmont College, and Valdosta State University. Jeremy has lived in Camden County for over 17 years.

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