Georgia Cyber Center leads to more growth in Augusta

Friday, January 11th, 2017

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- Cars drive down Broad Street, a new Hyatt House hotel towers above it, and just a street over, on Reynolds, sits the Georgia Cyber Center which is one of the main reasons there's so much growth in Augusta.

President of the Augusta Economic Development Authority Cal Wray said, "I think we're seeing more and more activity, obviously defense contractors in the cyberspace, but health, IT, Fintech so it's really been across the board seeing options here with having that space built."

The opportunity for growth is part of why Wray left Nashville for Augusta, "It's one of the reasons I came here, seeing what's on the horizon," said Wray.

He also said one of the challenges with a fast-growing industry like cyber is sustaining the workforce which is why this new campus is so important.

"You've got I think they said last night 600 students in it already with Augusta University and Augusta Tech."

And Wray said having that educational component in the same building as the workforce is key.

"They can tell the university, tell the technical college exactly what they need in their own workforce which keeps that constant refresh of the programs being offered, what certifications are needed."

Now building two of the Georgia Cyber Center, the Shaffer MacCartney Building, represents even more opportunity with companies like BAE systems already signing up for some of the space.

They will grow their footprint in Augusta and create more jobs.