Wednesday, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal and Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms announced an agreement to relocate railroad giant Norfolk Southern from Norfolk, Virginia to Atlanta. Deal formally detailed the company’s plans at the Georgia Capitol.
The project would involve about 850 full-time workers relocating to Atlanta.
“As a major hub for both transportation and innovation, Georgia is a fitting home for Norfolk Southern’s new headquarters,” Deal said in a statement released after a news conference at the Georgia Capitol.
Norfolk Southern’s railroad subsidiary operates in 22 states and the District of Columbia, transporting freight that includes automotive and industrial products and coal.
Last week, Invest Atlanta, approved $23.6 million in tax breaks for Norfolk Southern’s future campus in Midtown at West Peachtree Street and Ponce de Leon Avenue. Norfolk Southern will build a 750,000-square-foot tower w/estimated costs being $575 million.
Norfolk Southern joins PulteGroup, NCR, Porsche and Mercedes-Benz USA among major global or North American headquarters recruited by the state over the past 10 years.