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Augusta Ranks 14th Most Affordable Place to Live in the U.S.

NerdWallet, a personal finance website, recently released a list of the most affordable places in the nation – and the Augusta MSA is in the top 20. The Augusta MSA is the 14th most affordable place in the nation, scoring 87.1 compared to the national average of 100.

Augusta Economic Development Authority Promotes Cheney Thomasson to Manager of Existing Industry and Strategic Partnerships
(July 2020) The Augusta Economic Development Authority today announced the promotion of Cheney Thomasson to Manager of Existing Industry and Strategic Partnerships. She will have the primary responsibility of building relationships with corporate entities, industrial partners, educational organizations, and all other key partners on the local, regional, and national level to advance the mission and organizational goals of the Development Authority.

A Tale of Two River Cities
Our team recently visited two cities on opposite borders of the state, yet bound by geography, history, and a desire to embrace innovation to move their communities forward. I am referring to Augusta and Columbus; historic Georgia communities located on our state’s eastern and western borders.

Augusta economic developers revive Celebration of Industries awards event
After a two-year hiatus, the Augusta Economic Development Authority is reviving its annual awards ceremony for local manufacturers. The city’s industrial-recruiting agency has scheduled its Celebration of Industries gala for March 1 at 7 p.m. The evening event, featuring the Manufacturer of the Year awards, will replace the daytime awards luncheon that was last held in 2016.

Augusta Economic Development Authority Names Timothy McFalls, Sr. as Manager of Commercial and Retail Development
November 2018 - The Augusta Economic Development Authority continues to build their team for the improvement of Richmond County and the Augusta Region. Timothy McFalls, Sr. has been named Manager of Commercial and Retail Development for the EDA and will begin immediately.
Parsons to establish offices in the Georgia Cyber Center
The Georgia Cyber Center announced that Parsons Corporation will become the newest partner and tenant in its Hull McKnight Building, which opened in July 2018. Parsons will occupy 4,629 square feet in the center and will house 25 workers, with the potential for Parsons to expand its footprint at the Cyber Center in 2019 for an additional 50+ employees in the center’s Shaffer MacCartney Building, currently under construction.
Deal announces new IT, cybersecurity jobs for Augusta
Gov. Nathan Deal announced Thursday that BurningCastle LLC, a professional information technology multi-service consulting company, will create 50 jobs and invest in the development of skilled IT staff in Augusta.
Sitel to hire 500 for Augusta call center

Sitel Group on Wednesday said it plans to hire 500 full-time employees at its Augusta call center.The outsource service provider said it would host on-site interviews at its customer service center at 2115 Windsor Spring Road on July 20 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jobseekers are asked to apply online at and enter the keyword “Augusta.”

Augusta EDA Names Existing Industry Coordinator

The Augusta Economic Development Authority continues to build their team for retaining and growing businesses in the Augusta region. Cheney Thomasson has been named existing industry coordinator for the EDA and will begin her new role this month.

Michael Norris Named Project Manager for Augusta EDA

Michael Norris has been named project manager for the Augusta Economic Development Authority. He has resigned as economic development director for the City of Forsyth in middle Georgia to begin his work in Augusta.

Cal Wray Selected to lead Augusta Economic Development Authority

The Augusta Economic Development Authority has announced Cal Wray, a proven leader in the economic development profession, as their choice to serve as the new President of the organization. The announcement was made today by EDA Chair Henry Ingram.

Textron Specialized Vehicles Announces Major Expansion in Augusta

Textron Specialized Vehicles announced that it plans to acquire the former Procter & Gamble manufacturing facility in Augusta, Georgia, expanding their campus by 235 acres, adding more than 600,000 square feet, and hiring up to 400 people.

Tower Cloud Announces Planned Network Expansion of More than 25,000 Fiber Miles in Augusta, Georgia

Tower Cloud announced a new contract with one of the top four mobile carriers to expand fiber network infrastructure and bring high-speed connectivity and capacity to Augusta, Georgia and surrounding areas. The contract adds 25,350 fiber miles (or 236 route miles), bringing the total Tower Cloud route miles in the area to 375.

ADP to invest $20M in Augusta facility and create 450 jobs

ADP, a global provider of cloud-based Human Capital Management (HCM) solutions, and a major employer in Augusta, Georgia with 1,019 associates, announced plans to increase their employment with the addition of 450 jobs and invest $20,000,000 with the construction of an additional 60,000 square-foot facility.

Georgia on My Mind

Blog Post on The Huffington Post: “It is with more than a little bemusement that I can report that Augusta, Georgia, is one of the hottest, cutting edge high tech centers in the country today, growing by leaps and bounds and poised to become a major center for cyber security.” ~Lt. Gen. Clarence E. McKnight, Jr., former head of the Signal Corps

Augusta | Richmond County: Cracking The Code

From Georgia Trend magazine: “Technology is thriving in Augusta-Richmond County, which is on a roll when it comes to attracting high-profile global companies.”

MacAulay-Brown, Inc. Opens Augusta Office

The Augusta Economic Development Authority announced that MacAulayBrown, Inc. (MacB), a leading National Security company delivering advanced engineering services and product solutions to Defense, Intelligence, Special Operations Forces, Homeland Security and Federal agencies, is opening its newest office near Fort Gordon in Augusta.

Augusta Named in Top Ten for "Best Places for Information Jobs", a site devoted to analyzing and discussing the places where people live and work, has named Augusta on their list of “Cities Winning the Battle for Information Jobs in 2014” for midsize cities. Augusta was listed in tenth place on the Mid-Sized MSA List for 2014.

Sitel to Add 200 New Jobs in Augusta

Sitel, a leading global customer care provider, announced that it will add 200 new positions to its inbound customer care contact center in Augusta, GA. The company has just launched its initial round of hiring and is looking to fill a total of 200 customer service positions as a result of continued business growth.

Local Veterans Tour Augusta Plants for Job Info

Five Augusta manufacturing plants – Solvay, DSM Chemical, General Chemical, NutraSweet, and E-Z-GO –opened their doors to veterans with the Augusta Warrior Project, assisting local veterans with employment opportunities. The tour was co-sponsored by the Augusta Economic Development Authority and the Augusta Warrior Project (AWP).

The United States Army announced that the Army Cyber Command (ARCYBER) Headquarters will be located at Fort Gordon in Augusta, Georgia, consolidating and coordinating Army cyber and network operations under one commander for the first time in its history. The move will initially bring 1,500 active duty military, government civilian and contract personnel jobs to Augusta.

Poag Named to Augusta Metro Chamber's 2015 "Top 10 Young Professionals to Watch"

The Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with Augusta Magazine, announced ten of Augusta’s most outstanding young professionals, including Augusta Economic Development Authority Project Manager Scott Poag.

Huntsman Ramps Up Hiring as Augusta Facility Nears Completion

Huntsman Corp., a global manufacturer and marketer of differentiated chemicals, plans to open a manufacturing plant in Augusta, Georgia later this year, bringing about 100 jobs to the region.

Anaerobic Digestion Facility Makes $20,000,000 investment in Augusta

Augusta Renewable Energy LLC, a division of First Generation Energy, and the Augusta Economic Development Authority announced today that the company will build its first Georgia anaerobic digestion facility in Augusta. The company will invest approximately $20,000,000 and create ten new jobs in the highly technical operation.

Augusta Listed in Top Ten for Economy and Vet Jobs for 2015

Southern Business & Development magazine has named Augusta to a pair of their “Top Ten” lists for 2015, according to the Augusta Economic Development Authority. Augusta was included in the “Ten Sizzling Mid-Market Economies” in the South, and “Ten Places in the South to Hire Vets.”

Augusta Among Best Cities for Engineering Jobs in the Nation

Augusta has been named as one of the best places in the United States for engineers, according to San Francisco-based consumer and financial organization NerdWallet. The consumer advocacy website recently conducted a study to identify the best places for engineers in the U.S. – and Augusta ranked #14 in the Top Twenty.

WOW! Adds 120 Jobs to Augusta Call Center

From the Augusta Chronicle: “WOW! Internet, Cable and Phone is adding more than 100 jobs to its Augusta call center. The regional cable provider is hiring 120 employees in residential and business sales, customer service and support, dispatch and supervisory roles at the Wheeler Road center.”

National Association of Counties Cites Augusta Economic Development Authority

From “Augusta-Richmond County was one of eight counties nationally identified in the National Association of Counties’ (NACo) 48-page November profile of “Strategies to Bolster Economic Resilience: County Leadership in Action.” This publication highlights counties that are applying innovative approaches to economic development to bolster economic growth and improve community quality of life.”

Southern Economic Development Council Awards Augusta EDA With Top Honors For Website and Recruitment Video

The Augusta Economic Development Authority received the Award of Superior from the Southern Economic Development Council for its website design and recruitment video. Augusta EDA submitted the website and video in the award category “Web Sites Local, State or Regional Economic Development Organizations – Large Division.”

Augusta Named to the Top Ten Best Markets for First-Time Homebuyers has named Augusta as one of the most affordable housing markets in the United States for first-time homebuyers, based on the 20%+ growth of millennials to the area and the percentage of down payment needed to purchase a new home.

Augusta economy poised to outgrow state From the Augusta

Chronicle/Morris News Service: “The Augusta area is set to create jobs and grow its economy faster than the rest of the Georgia economy, according to a forecast released Wednesday by Georgia State University.”


From “Teleperformance, the world’s leading provider of outsourced CRM and contact center services, will add 130 new jobs and enlarge their Wylds Road location in Augusta, according to the Augusta Economic Development Authority. The hiring for the new positions will begin immediately, according to company officials, to staff the customer services needs of a major new Teleperformance customer.”

Eco-Energy Announces New Distribution Facility

The Augusta Economic Development Authority announced that Eco-Energy, a leading biofuel marketer and logistics company in North America, will build a new biofuel blending facility on Dixon Airline Road in Augusta. The new facility is expected to initially hire 5 employees, with that number possibly doubling, and have an investment of $10,000,000.

Solvay Announces New High Performance Polymer Facility in Augusta

The Augusta Economic Development Authority announced that Solvay Specialty Polymers will build their new high-performance polymer manufacturing facility in Augusta, adjacent to their current facility. The company will invest $85,000,000 and will create 35 new jobs.

Chiron Technology Services Announces Augusta Facility

The Augusta Economic Development Authority announced today that Chiron Technology Services, a Maryland-based cybersecurity company, will open their Augusta facility this month. It is the fifth Information Technology company to locate in Augusta during the past six months.

Georgia Trend Names Sprouse to 2015 "Notable Georgians List"

Walter C. Sprouse, Jr., Executive Director of the Augusta Economic Development Authority and Augusta Mayor Hardie Davis have been named to the 2015 edition of Georgia Trend magazine’s “Most Notable Georgians”.

Augusta Tops in Job Growth in Georgia

From “According to statistics released by Simon Medcalfe, an economist with the Hull College of Business at GRU, Augusta’s employment grew by 3.5 percent from October 2013 to October 2014. That was tops in the state of Georgia among the 14 cities surveyed. It was also well ahead of Georgia’s overall growth rate during that time, 2.4 percent.”

West Fraser Expands Augusta Facility

The Augusta Economic Development Authority announced that West Fraser Timber Company Ltd will expand their Augusta facility, with an investment of $25,000,000 and ten new jobs.

Augusta Ranks as a Top Ten City to Live

Digital Journal has released its rankings of the 2013 Top Places to Live. Augusta ranked fourth in the U.S.

Augusta Regional Airport has Best Year Ever!

A total of 556,028 passengers traveled through Augusta Regional Airport in 2012 which broke 2011’s record by 14,185 people. Overall, airport traffic has increased 102 percent since 2006.

Cabela's Announces Augusta Location

Cabela’s Incorporated (NYSE:CAB), the World’s Foremost Outfitter® of hunting, fishing and outdoor gear, announced plans to bring the extraordinary Cabela’s retail experience to four new markets in 2014 – Acworth, Ga.; Augusta, Ga.; Missoula, Mont.; and Barrie, Ontario, Canada. The Augusta store is expected to employ approximately 90 full-time, part-time and seasonal employees.

Starbucks Breaks Ground in Augusta Blog entry: Starbucks will soon bring 140 new jobs to Augusta, Georgia. We were recently at the groundbreaking to celebrate the occasion with our own Tom Croteau wielding one of the shovels. Starbucks chose Georgia for a number of compelling pro-business advantages.

Elanco Announces $100 Million Investment and 100 New Jobs at Augusta Technology Center

Elanco, the animal health division of Eli Lilly and Company, announced 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.

Unisys Announces 700 New Jobs in Augusta

The Augusta Economic Development Authority announced that Unisys, a $3.5 billion global provider of information technology and services, plans to locate a new service center in Augusta. The facility, which will provide service desk and other end user IT support services to public sector and commercial clients, is expected to create up to 700 jobs over the next five years.

DSM Invests $85 Million in a New Polymerization Plant in Augusta

The Augusta Economic Development Authority and Royal DSM, the global Life Sciences and Materials Sciences company, today announced that its new polymerization plant will be built in Augusta. The plant, to become part of DSM’s Engineering Plastics business group, will manufacture high viscous Akulon® polyamide 6 polymer for film grades used in flexible food packaging and other segments.

ADP Spinoff CDK Global Locates in Downtown Augusta

The Augusta Economic Development Authority announced today that CDK Global, formerly ADP Dealer Services, will begin operations in downtown Augusta with 90 employees by the end of the year. The company will occupy two floors of the Wells Fargo Building at the corner of Broad Street and Seventh Street.