Governor signs amended budget to fund Georgia Cyber Innovation and Training Center

Published: Feb. 14, 2017 at 1:52 PM EST
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News 12 First at Five/ Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- The fifty million dollar cyber facility will open a lot of doors for the city of Augusta. Now that there's money in the state budget, the countdown is on.

This project is moving forward fast. It was only announced about a month ago, and with the governor's signature it has the money to move forward.

Today pen on paper means progress.

"Where do we go from here? We start turning dirt!" Governor Nathan Deal said.

With his signature, Governor Deal put fifty million dollars into action for the Cyber Institute in downtown Augusta.

"We don't have to wait for a bond to sell, so we can start immediately and I believe that is the plan," the governor said.

In a year and a half we should see more metal than grass, and with it more businesses, and more from Augusta University.

"There's also loose plans in the master plan for residential. I'm not sure if that's going to be student housing or condos, something for the people who are working here to live," Augusta University Dr. Brooks Keel.

There are ideas to create a sort of live, work, and play space for those coming here.

"We've always hoped that these seventeen acres would be a digital village, that's what we've always hoped to do," Dr. Keel said.

Progress will take some teamwork and cooperation on the city's end.

"I'm sure your local city and county governments are going to be cooperative because I can assure you that every city and county of this size would love to have this in their city limits, you're fortunate I think to have this but it is a natural fit," Governor Deal said.

"Whether it's regulation or zoning, we're going to make sure that the state has a very willing partner to be able to execute and deliver this project in the Governor's tenure so it's get done before Dec. 31 of 2018," Mayor Hardie Davis said.

Work that starts today.

"I think it will be very good for downtown Augusta and hopefully it will be good for the efforts to bring people into Augusta," the governor said.

Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- Gov. Nathan Deal signed the Amended fiscal year budget in Augusta on Wednesday to fund the Georgia Cyber Innovation and Training Center.

According to the Governor's Office, the budget prioritizes public safety, job creation, cybersecurity. This additional funding will allow the state to implement initiatives in public safety and cybersecurity, address growth needs in education and human services, improve Georgia’s transportation network and make long-term strategic investments in economic development efforts.

The amended budget includes $50 million to establish the Georgia Cyber Innovation and Training Center that will be located on state-owned property. The Georgia Cyber Innovation And Training Center will be built at the former Augusta Golf And Gardens property.

Augusta is already home to the Cyber Center of Excellence and the future headquarters of the U.S. Army cyber command headquarters, the Georgia Cyber Innovation and Training Center so the Governor said it will promote modernization in cybersecurity technology for both private and public industries in Georgia.

Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- Gov. Nathan Deal, Dr. Brooks Keel, Ft. Gordon officials, legislators and local elected officials will meet Wednesday to sign House Bill 43.

The amended fiscal year 2017 budget will be signed at the future site of the Georgia Cyber Training and Innovation Center on 11 Street at 2 p.m. on Feb. 15.

The Georgia Cyber Innovation And Training Center will be built at the former Augusta Golf And Gardens property.

Governor Deal’s office envisions a public-private partnership with professors, private industry and government work to develop new cyber security standards.