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Competing to be next cyber capital of the world

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Published: Aug. 8, 2017 at 8:00 PM EDT
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Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017 / News 12 NBC 26 at 6 O’Clock

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) – Two states, seven counties, all coming together for cyber growth.

“We want this to be the live, work, and play cyber professional capital of the world,” said Tom Clark, Executive Director for Fort Gordon Alliance.

From the far reaches of rural counties, to downtown Augusta, it’s all hands on deck for the Fort Gordon Cyber District and Augusta’s already being recognized for it too.

“Augusta’s one of seven cities that could be the next cyber capital of the world. Are you kidding me? We want to be that person,” said Clark.

He’s not kidding. The cyber district is getting national attention.

Some are surprised, they say why Augusta? But city officials say, why

not

Augusta?

“What could be a better environment for cyber than here in Augusta,” said Walter Sprouse, Executive Director for Augusta Economic Development Authority.

He says it’s all about the city’s foresight, investing in the future of Augusta, from passing T-SPLOST to create better road conditions, to modernizing downtown’s entertainment scene, to making sure all of the seven-county districts is an attractive place to work and live.

Rural counties aren’t going to be forgotten either, their growth will just be different.

“So that means we’re gonna have people that will not only move here, but they’ll say ‘we want more of a rural lifestyle’ for instance,” said Sprouse.

By 2020, the city expects to be completely transformed in all aspects; education, healthcare, entertainment; all to meet the growing needs of the fastest-growing industry.