News 12 at 6 o'clock, January 29, 2008
AUGUSTA, Ga.---In a time when President George Bush is looking to boost the economy, Augusta breaks ground on a new development and celebrates new jobs...about 1000 of them over time. The company is called A.D.P. They broke ground Tuesday and are looking to open their doors before the end of the year.
It's being called Augusta's solutions center. A.D.P or the automatic data processing center is a perfect fit for Augusta State University student Ross McDougald. He is a self-proclaimed computer geek.
"It's the thing...you know our generation. It's all about computers and technology... has been a big thing and everything's gonna be based off technology," said Ross. He is a student assistant at the schools I.T. center.
Ross even has his own desk, but he says landing a job in the real world is challenging. "A lot of people are lucky to get an internship with a job or company they want to go in with, but if they're lucky enough to have somewhat of a guarantee some place local to Augusta that would be great."
The New Jersey based A.D.P. is looking to call Augusta home for years to come. "We bought enough land so we can indeed build another building if we feel that's appropriate. So we're not trying to box ourselves in. We're giving ourselves that flexibility," said company vice president Steve Penrose.
A.D.P. is currently leasing temporary office space off Steven's Creek Road, but they're setting their sights on a new 160,000 sq. ft. building that would mean 1000 new jobs. It is located at 1233 Flowing Wells Road in Augusta.
"With all the talk coming about a possible recession and things like that. I think one thing that people in Augusta can take notice of is the fact that jobs are being created here," said Walter Sprouse with Augusta's development authority.
A.D.P. expects to have workers in the new building as early as October with salaries ranging from $20,000 to $50,000. Julie Golie is director of the career center at Augusta State. She hopes students, like Ross, are encouraged. "All we can do at this point is kinda put a welcome mat out and make sure that they are aware of our students, they're aware of our service in helping to try to connect our students to employment opportunities."
This is a $40 million project. Developers tell News 12 trees will start coming down this week.