December 2014

The City of North Augusta has taken the final steps in funding the downtown parking deck. At City Council on Monday night, a plan to authorize $10 million to finance the cost relating to construction and equipping the parking garage – which is part of the Medac agreement – was unanimously passed. The City will receive no more than $10 million in...

In October, the Hull College of Business Augusta Leading Economic Index (LEI) increased 0.8% from September. The index has increased 4.9%% from October 2013. This represents eight consecutive months of growth. All the variables included in the index, except housing permits, moved in a favorable direction. This sustained increase in the LEI is reflected in the strongest labor market in...

For the fifth year in a row, the City of Augusta’s Information Technology Department ranked among the top digital city governments as announced by e.Republic’s Center for Digital Government and Digital Communities Program. The Information Technology Department ranked #2 in the mid-sized category for cities with a population between 125,000 to 249,999. This is the second time that Augusta is the only State of Georgia...

Elanco Announces Major Capital Expansion at Augusta Technology Center Elanco, the animal health division of Eli Lilly and Company, announced today a $100,000,000 investment in infrastructure and manufacturing enhancements at the Augusta Technology Center, creating 100 new jobs over the next three years. Improvements are already underway at the site. The plant is currently operating near maximum capacity, prompting Elanco to invest...

According to Rick Meyer, director of North Augusta Parks, Recreation and Leisure Services, the City issued a notice to proceed last Monday to Beam’s Contracting. The Greeneway is a 9-plus-mile, paved recreational trail that follows an abandoned railroad right-of-way purchased by the City in 1988. “We got access to a property to access the Greeneway from the construction area off Brooks (Drive)...

The Augusta economy continues to improve: in September, the Hull College of Business Augusta Leading Economic Index (LEI) increased 0.3% from August. The index has increased 4.2% from September 2013. This represents seven consecutive months of growth. Employment has followed the lead with the area supporting over 5,000 more jobs in September than in March.     Another way to look at...

Nearly a year after the Army announced plans to relocate its Cyber Command headquarters to Fort Gordon, the metro area continues to attract defense contractors related to the mission, even though it’s hard to peg just how many. “There’s no recruiting the contractors,” said Thom Tuckey, the executive director for the CSRA Alliance for Fort Gordon. “We don’t have to invite...

Technology-automation company Unisys announced Monday it will bring 700 customer-service jobs to Augusta. Gov. Nathan Deal said during the announcement that the idle Fort Discovery on Reynolds Street will be the location, and Mayor Deke Copenhaver also acknowledged that, but Unisys officials later said that the site hasn’t been made final yet. Company executives decided to make the announcement in Atlanta while...

Augusta’s newest bus route began service Monday, rolling along Wrightsboro Road and Gordon Highway to create a connection to Fort Gordon. Leaders hope the new route, which is being offered as a six-month pilot program to test ridership, will provide military personnel another way to catch a ride to the city as well as open the military installation’s job opportunities to...

Four years in the making, a sidewalk beautification project for most of James Brown Boulevard is coming to fruition. On Tuesday, city officials shoveled sand in front of the old Augusta library building at the corner of Ninth and Greene streets to mark the start of a two-part project that will add sidewalks, brick pavers, benches, trees and signs on Ninth...