With the Cobb County Commission voting to proceed forward with plans on building the future home of the Atlanta Braves, The Weather Channel (based in Cobb County) is looking to sop up some of that gravy too according to the Marietta Daily Journal:
Its planned expansion is valued at $90 million, Mathis said in emails obtained by the MDJ. Shirley Powell, executive vice president, said The Weather Channel would not comment and that anything the MDJ reported at this point would be “speculation.”
The negotiations are ongoing and one of the sticking points could be a parking facility for the expanded Weather Channel offices.
“To be honest with you, (off the record) none of these discussions have really provided us with any type compelling incentives for us to stay in Cobb County. I am just being honest here,” Angell wrote to Mathis in an email. “Our senior management feels that they would be making a significant investment to stay here and as far as I know, The Weather Channel has never historically asked for any incentives from Cobb County. The property tax abatement is also not a compelling incentive at the current amount, and in fact would cost us to pursue that option. Nobody has focused on any incentives for a parking build, which is our most current challenge to solve.”
It’s speculation for now, but the talk flying around is that the Weather Channel is dangling the possibility of moving out of the area if they are unable to get satisfactory tax breaks/economic incentives. Heck, it’s possible the state may throw a few bucks their way. I’m sure it will only be a matter of time before we hear that gravy train pulling into the station for the Weather Channel.