Thursday, April 21, 2011
AUGUSTA --- The Development Authority of Richmond County announced today that Augusta has been named as one of the "Top Ten Incredibly Pro-Business Communities" by Southern Business and Development magazine, based on activities of the past several years.
The magazine publishes a variety of Top Ten lists in their annual winter edition, which was released last week.
Augusta was named as one of the top "pro-business" communities due primarily to the (1) stability of the local economy, (2) the sizable capacities of the water and wastewater systems in Augusta, (3) construction of new highways in the area, and (4) a strong workforce trained in manufacturing.
According to publisher Michael C. Randle, "This year, our Top Ten lists covered a variety of areas and we focused on coastal and non-coastal pro-business communities. Augusta is one of the beacons of economic development in the south, thanks to the continued efforts of the Development Authority of Richmond County. Several years ago, the Authority changed their outdated marketing plan and adopted a new, aggressive plan. The dividends of that marketing plan continue to be a model for economic development organizations in the south."
The article in the Winter 2011 edition states:
Augusta continues to receive national accolades for the strength of the local economy, with more than twenty recognitions during the past 18 months. Augusta's national rankings lead most cities in the Southeast on the stability of its economy. Companies locating in Georgia's second-largest city realize the "pro business" mindset in Augusta extends to their bottom-line operating costs. Augusta's "pro business" attitude began years ago with basic preparations. Augusta made sure that companies benefited from (1) sizable capacities in both water and wastewater, (2) construction of new highways focused on business development, and (3) a workforce that is trained in manufacturing, software engineering, data, distribution and life sciences. Short-term and long-term incentives highlight a strong business appreciation in Augusta.
Henry Ingram, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Development Authority of Richmond County, said, "Over the past several years, Augusta made numerous improvements to its infrastructure and workforce training that businesses wanted. That, combined with the strong marketing strategy of the Development Authority of Richmond County, allowed Augusta to focus on life sciences, customer service, aviation, and military-related companies. Over the years, that strategy has worked and we are proud of our accomplishments."
Walt Sprouse, Executive Director of the Development Authority of Richmond County, said, "People throughout the country recognize Augusta as a strong pro-business community. Our site selection consultants know of Augusta's past record of performance and preparation to meet the needs of new and existing businesses. Companies nationwide and worldwide are taking notice of Augusta. We have a great team in place with local and state economic development allies, including utilities, government, developers, brokers, and many others."
Cities making the Top Ten list in addition to Augusta include Winston-Salem, NC; Huntsville, AL; Little Rock, AR; Williamson County, TN; San Antonio, TX; Tulsa, OK; Baton Rouge, LA; Chattanooga, TN; and Columbia, SC.