Cyber presence strengthens with another groundbreaking, Governor Deal opens ceremony

Published: Jan. 3, 2018 at 7:15 PM EST
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Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018

(First News at Five)

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- Twelve months ago Governor Deal announced the idea of a cyber training center. Almost exactly a year ago that building is almost done and another one is breaking ground.

"Our goal is to be the number one location for cyber training, and the indication is that's pretty much there, we just have to get these buildings finished and get people in them," said Governor Nathan Deal.

They're breaking ground on a building next door to one still in the works because there's such a high demand.

"Good ideas that produce buildings with no people in them are not very good ideas," he said.

The GBI is one of those groups that will be working behind these walls.

Dan Kirk is the Assistant GBI Director, he says they're itching to get to work here.

"We're looking forward to having an office with people around us so we can collaborate on those types of crimes."

They'll be able to set up shop in building 1 in July. By then, what's now a plot of dirt, will look similar to this.

Adam Cobb is the Project Manager with New South Construction, he says yet again they've hit the ground running.

"Well groundbreaking today, and we'll actually start seeing some good activity here in the next week."

The next deadline is December and they'll be using every second of it hoping to open phase to by New Year's Eve.

"Not only is it a copy and paste of the design, it's a copy and paste of the human resources, so the same people will be taking ownership of the construction and the designs," he said.

Governor Deal says this investment is an investment in the future for Augusta, the state, and cyber worldwide.

"And for us to become the hub for that kind of training is a great distinction for our state."