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Cyber training facility could propel job growth across the region

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Published: Jan. 11, 2017 at 6:25 PM EST
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News 12 NBC 26 at 6 o'clock / Jan. 11, 2017

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- With a new training center will come new opportunities for growth.

Chatter hasn't stopped since the day the U.S. Army announced Cyber Command would plan roots in Augusta. The Silicon Valley of the Southeast, and it's finally coming into focus.

"It's coming to fruition. We kept talking about it, and here it is in our backyard," said Tom Clark, Executive Director for the Alliance at Fort Gordon.

Sitting at the forefront of cyber security. Job growth is inevitable.

"It's going to employee hundreds and hundreds of people, and because it's a state facility, folks will come here for training," said Clark.

Over the last several years, cyber companies are coming in spades. Soon, a cyber training facility sitting right on the edge of the Riverwalk and a short walk from another cyber company.

"It's not only going to potentially bring more people to the area, because as we continue to hear about these big things happening in cyber, people flock to those areas where they're happening," said Dale Dye, Executive Director at Unisys.

Unisys came to Augusta with plans to bring more than 700 jobs. They employ almost 300 people, and by the end of this year, they anticipate that number to double.

"We're looking for new avenues to get people that we can also help get trained because there are dollars out there to do that ," said Dye.

$50 million dollars coming in the form of a cyber training facility. A perfect match since Unisys already partners with local universities to hire a skilled workforce.

"There's a good talent pool out there, and we want to strike while the iron is hot," said Dye.

A soon to be growing talent pool.

"That means, you know the hotels in the area, the eateries, the places to do laundry, everybody is going to benefit from this," said Clark.