August 2015

Downtown visitors will soon see more signs pop up along sidewalks and public parking areas as a decade-long citywide project comes to an end. Nearly 100 green signs directing motorists and pedestrians to attractions such as Riverwalk Augusta, the Morris Museum of Art and the Au­gusta Convention Center, will be erected downtown by September, Au­gusta Convention and Visitors Bu­reau Destination Development...

The number of incoming personnel connected to the Army Cyber Command’s relocation to Fort Gordon’s Cyber Center of Excellence and other growing missions will be even greater than the Army originally thought. The latest Army models estimate 4,700 soldiers, federal civilians and contractors will move to Fort Gordon by the end of fiscal year 2019, said J.C. Mathews, the installation’s public...

The expansion of cancer research at Georgia Regents University is getting closer and the buildup of the cancer program overall is on pace to bring the GRU Cancer Center closer to a long-sought designation, the center’s director said. Groundbreaking on the expansion of the current research building, which will include a three-story space above Laney-Walker Boulevard, is probably a month away,...

Amid announced cuts throughout the Army, Fort Gordon thankfully will grow. The recent Defense Department announcement to cut 40,000 troops from the Army by 2017 illustrated why this community should be thankful for having cyber-warfare operations at Fort Gordon. Total troop loss at Georgia bases: 4,350. Total troop loss in Augusta: Zero. Call it the benefit of having some of the most in-demand war-fighting...

Nearly six months after setting up its Augusta service desk to assist the Army, IT company Unisys has continued to ramp up employment and awaits moving into a larger facility along Augusta's Riverwalk. The Pennsylvania-based firm started local operations mid-January with about 60 employees staffing a help desk at a 15,000-square-foot temporary location on Claussen Road. Unisys’ workforce in Augusta has...

The chief of the National Security Agency and U.S. Cyber Command praised Augusta’s growing cyber sector and its initiative to support a military and civilian defense speciality that’s increasingly important to national security. “If you look at what is resident in this area, you have a strong educational end. You have a very talented workforce, both civil and on the government...

S.C. Supreme Court upholds validity of ordinance allowing North Augusta to finance the new GreenJackets stadium The South Carolina Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld the validity of a North Augusta ordinance being used to finance a new stadium development for the Augusta GreenJackets. The court determined, however, that North Augusta officials violated open-meetings laws by failing to announce the specific purpose of...

Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens is set for release Dec. 18. The theater company is trying to get its new 14-screen movieplex on River Watch Parkway open by then, said chairman and CEO Bill Stembler. Steel and concrete block walls are still being erected on the site near Costco and Cabela’s in west Augusta. Rainy weather has made...

Capitalizing on the presence of the U.S. Army Cyber Command at nearby Fort Gordon, Georgia Regents University (GRU) is launching a cyber institute to expand research opportunities and curriculum offerings in the growing field. While GRU already has established a cybersecurity curriculum, the new institute will let the university broaden the program across the campus, said Gretchen Caughman, the Augusta, Ga.,...