During City Council’s Jan. 15 meeting, council members:

– Awarded approximately $50,000 to local nonprofits. The city gave $12,000 to Heritage Sandy Springs; $7,668 to Mary Hall Freedom House; $9,990 to the Child Development Association; $5,000 to Art Sandy Springs; and $15,000 to the Sandy Springs Education Force.

– Approved $1.4 million in tax breaks for Cox Enterprises. The company plans to construct a 578,000-square-foot building at a cost of more than $100 million. The project is expected to bring 1,500 additional jobs to the city with an average annual salary of approximately $62,000. The company will receive most of the incentives in 2013 in the form of a $1.3 million impact and building permit fee waiver. Cox Enterprises’ media holdings include the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Dan Whisenhunt wrote for Reporter Newspapers from 2011 - 2014. He is the founder and editor of Decaturish.com