News 12 at 11 O'Clock / Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Augusta, Ga. (WRDW) -- The US Army Cyber Command at Fort Gordon is bringing a lot of new people and business to the area. The housing and retail sectors are already cashing in, but they aren't alone child care is taking a piece of the pie too. New 12 looks into day care spikes for the area and why one owner is moving to right across the street from post.
Erica Albea already owns one day care, but soon she'll open a new one.
"To be able to serve that growth that is coming to Fort Gordon," she said.
Albea and her husband estimate at least 10% of their students are soldier's kids, but the numbers keep rising as more service men and women come to work at Cyber Command.
"Younger families who are going to have younger children. Many times the schools that are located on the base may not be able to provide for the amount of kids coming," she told News 12.
Richmond County has already seen 11 business licenses issued this year and Columbia County isn't far behind with 6. Competition that doesn't scare off the owners of Cricket Day Care.
"No sir. I wouldn't take this risk without the Cyber Command coming to Fort Gordon," said Ricky Albea who hopes to have his new center open within the year.
He's confident his gamble will pay off because of his location and hours.
"Fort Gordon is right across the street and we are right over here. You are talking no more than 5 mins away from gate 5. We are going to have flexible hours from like 5:30 AM all the way to midnight." he told News 12.
The current transition to Cyber Command is expected to last through 2019 with the biggest push next year. A push Albea says is helping him and many others.
"So, we basically would not have taken this risk without the Command Center bringing the soldiers to Fort Gordon," he said.
While private business can build in anticipation of Cyber Command growth public schools can not. They have to wait until actual students hit the classroom before they can build new schools.
So, far we've heard estimates of 600 new students, but leaders say there's no way to tell until they get here and enroll.