Technet Convention could mean thousands for local economy



For the second straight week, the new Augusta Convention Center is packed. The three day TechNet conference is happening and could have an impact of more than $500,000.

"Look at this, the numbers don't lie and we're not manufacturing people," said Mayor Deke Copenhaver.

The mayor is talking to the naysayers about the convention center.
Around 2,000 people are attending the AFCEA conference.
"All this helps Augusta more and more," said AFCEA President John Dubia.

Dubia says this is not the first time the conference was held in Augusta but the convention center played a role in bringing it back. He says the city is the winner, because attendees will eat locally and shop. Three hotels are full because of this convention.

"The entire exhibit hall is full. The economic impact is great. We couldn't host it without a facility like this," said Mayor Copenhaver.

While more than 120 companies are showing off life saving communications technology other leaders are trying to recruit the companies to Augusta.

"As Fort Gordon continues to grow, it's our job to make sure we have those contacts with the companies and try to bring them here," said Economic Development Director Walter Sprouse.

Convention center officials report the center is almost $200,000 under budget and the impact will get larger with several more events planned.

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