Augusta has liftoff
We are watching the transformation of a city into a cyber empire! You would have to be living under a rock to not see this happening.
Sometimes in history, things just happen in a certain place at a certain time and the result is amazing! Silicon Valley in California, the Financial District in Manhattan, the steel industry in Pittsburgh, and the Cyber District. Three of these are well known, the fourth will be known to all soon.
We are witnessing nothing short of the equivalent of the industrial revolution.
Here are a few things going on in Augusta:
- United States Army Cyber Command
- Georgia invested 50 million in Augusta
- The Augusta University Cyber Institute
- The Innovation Zone is Coming
- Unisys Keeps Growing In Augusta
- Invest Augusta Conference
United States Army Cyber Command
This is the 50,000 pound gorilla in the room – the one that will make so much happen for Augusta. Without Cyber Command, I would not be writing this article.
By bringing Cyber Command to town, Augusta has secured it’s future for the next 50 years. The entry of this facility into the Augusta market has attracted, and will continue to attract, brilliant and innovative movers and shakers to the area.
Georgia just invested 50 million in Augusta
Georgia Governor Nathan Deal just signed into budget a plan to build a state of the art cyber facility that will be located in the Augusta Cyber District on the riverfront.
This is no small facility, we are talking about a 50 million dollar facility that will help drive cyber innovation over the next few decades. The facility will be located at the old Golf Hall of Fame location. This is the event that sparked me to write this article. I have had meeting after meeting in Augusta over the last 10 years and it has always been about the future. Well the future is now and I realized that we had liftoff when this facility was announced.
The NSA is Helping The Cyber Institute
Augusta University has the Cyber Institute. After a few years of getting their ducks in a row, we are seeing some great progress from Augusta University. There are a lot of great people behind the scenes that are making this happen.
The NSA just granted a large chunk of money to help the Cyber Institute which means we should continue to see great things in the future come out of Augusta University. It has changed a lot since I attended the college 25 years ago, going from a small town college to a University which is poised to make it’s mark on the world!
You can follow the Cyber Institute on Twitter @AUG_Cyber.
The Innovation Zone is Coming
What would any startup town be without a place for young people to go and share ideas about business. The Augusta Innovation Zone is going to be that place. This project is in the works but I have full faith that this will be a game changer for the downtown area.
Deke Copenhaver, Augusta’s former mayor, is behind the effort and he has partnered with other influential people to make this project happen. The man can accomplish anything he puts his mind to and he seems to be full steam ahead with the Augusta Innovation Zone.
You can follow their progress on Twitter @AugustaiZone
Unisys Keeps Growing In Augusta
Unisys is a company that came to town a few years back and they have been nothing short of great for the city.
Unisys is located in the Augusta Cyber District and are steadily building a workforce in Augusta,GA. If you take a look inside the Unisys facility, you would think you had walked into the Google or Facebook facility in California.
The Future Looks Great
Some locals are calling the area the “CSRA Cyber District”. On a local level that makes perfect sense, but outside of Augusta, no one has a clue what that means. So going forward I will refer to the area as the Cyber District.
In the near future, I will continue networking with others in the area to help lay the groundwork for an investment network. This is needed if we are going to complete the ecosystem and supporting infrastructure needed for the Cyber District. I have plans for a Invest Augusta Conference going forward too.
In my efforts to accomplish these goals, I will be reaching out to key people and asking them to help make this network come to life for the business community. Here’s to the future, Augusta! We have liftoff!