News 12 First at Five, Thursday, April 5, 2012
AUGUSTA,Ga -- More than 20 executives rolled through Augusta today for the annual Red Carpet tour. There was also a surprise appearance.
They arrived like rock stars with massive buses and a motorcade. One by one top executives made their way into the rep carpet tent. They were greeted with a welcoming message and real life Country Music stars.
The Red Carpet Tour featured a short appearance by Little Big Town.
"What we have seen so far is beautiful," declared the stars. "We are about to step into the Garden of Eden it looks like."
Cameras were not allowed inside the tent, but Augusta mayor Deke Copenhaver hopes those put off by the special treatment remember an old saying.
"Most deals get done on the golf course," said Augusta mayor Deke Copenhaver. "It's a visitor's experience, but it is going to lead to great things. It's worth it."
27 executives from around the world were on the tour.
"[It is my] first time," said Chris Downie with Telx. "I haven't been inside, but it's beautiful."
Chris Downie is Chief Financial Officer of the data center. He says the company is looking to hire new workers.
"Yes," said Downie. "We are actively growing [particularly in Atlanta.]"
Downie joins a long list of other top executives from companies like Honeywell, Sprint, and UPS.
"this is our unique opportunity to showcase our community and say hey what about doing business with us," said Sen. Hardie Davis. "I'd like to say that we are open for business in Augusta."
T-Mobile and ADP are two local products of the Red Carpet Tour.