About This Project
The Big Idea: With Fort Gordon becoming the Army’s Cyber Command, Augusta is seeing a surge of cyber activity
Details: In December 2013, the Pentagon announced that Army Cyber Command would move to Fort Gordon and become a Cyber Center of Excellence. Not only is Fort Gordon expanding to house army personnel moving from the northeast to Augusta, the Augusta region, known as the Fort Gordon Cyber District, is moving forward to embrace the changes Army Cyber is bringing. Augusta University and the Army Cyber Center of Excellence have forged new partnerships.Companies such as UNISYS are locating. Augusta University has been recognized as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education. Sibley Mill is being renovated to house Augusta-based IT firms and a data center, and the Governor promised Augusta a new cyber innovation and training center. That Center broke ground in June 2017 at the former Georgia Golf Hall of Fame property on the Savannah River.
Progress: UNISYS has already expanded once to accommodate 700 employees on the Augusta Riverwalk. At the Georgia Cyber Innovation and Training Center groundbreaking, it was announced that, due to the interest in the facility from the private sector, that the building would be expanded from $50 million to $60 million.The owners of Sibley Mill are renovating the Mill to become a high-tech mixed-use magnet for the local cyber industry and a 10-megawatt data center. Sibley Mill open house is scheduled for the end of August 2017.