Thursday, April 11, 2019
News 12 First at Five
AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- This is a popular week to come to Augusta but it's not all for golf, it's also for business.
For more than 40 guests from business across the world, walking down the red carpet is the start to their Masters experience. It's not just about golf it's about bringing business to Georgia.
As the buses unloaded and the red carpet filled, local and state leaders knew it was a bright day for Augusta.
"This is one of the things that helps put Georgia on the map not only in the United States but around the world. It's a very proud day and I certainly appreciate the masters being in Augusta, Georgia," said Brian Kemp, the governor of Georgia.
Business leaders from across the world made their way down the carpet to talk about opportunities locally and across the state.
"This is a great opportunity to put our best foot forward and to show folks from literally all over the world what Georgia is all about today and where we're headed going forward," said Geoff Duncan, lieutenant governor of Georgia.
For the governor and lieutenant governor, our best days are ahead of us.
"I want things to keep going like they're going in Augusta and the CSRA area I mean it's been fantastic. We've got traditional manufacturing with John Deere, a lot of the electric vehicles that are made here," said Kemp.
“As we move forward, I've put a big marker on the table that I want Georgia to be the technology capital of the east coast of this country. I think it's a great idea to build towards that we can educate kids K-12, we can build technical schools and 4-year college programs," said Duncan.
Most can agree, the future of Georgia is one dependent on cyber growth.
"It's important that the entire community embraces what's happening over at Fort Gordon. The Army is making a tremendous investment over at Fort Gordon, over $900 million into new facilities that we can do world-class training in world-class facilities for the worlds best cyber operators," said John Morrison, the commander of Fort Gordon & Cyber Center of Excellence.
But today, it's the game of golf bringing together the right mix of people to grow our home.
"Our best days are in front of us in Georgia and very few states can say that," said
We don't yet know what businesses are considering the CSRA, but we do know several of them are related to cyber and manufacturing.