27 Jul 2017 RIVERFRONT DEVELOPMENT – AUGUSTA CANAL AUTHORITY
5/4/1989: The City of Augusta and Augusta Tomorrow, Inc. held a groundbreaking for the second phase of riverfront development that included building an 1800-seat amphitheater (later named the Jessye Norman Amphitheater), continued building both the upper walkway (esplanade) atop the levee and the lower walkway to the amphitheater.
1989 – The Augusta Canal Authority was created by the Georgia Legislature. The Augusta Legislative Delegation proposed creating the Augusta Canal Authority and, largely through Representative Jack Connell’s management, resulted in the creation of the Augusta Canal Authority by the General Assembly. The legal cost for preparing the legislation was jointly shared by the City of Augusta and private members of Augusta Tomorrow, Inc.