Target Industries: Opportunities multiplied with the best resources of the Augusta MSA.
“Where the Jobs Are”
Start with fundamental strengths in labor, location and logistics, thanks to the Augusta MSA’s skilled labor force over 200,000 strong and a global transportation network encompassing highway, rail, one of the world’s busiest airports and the two of the East Coast’s fastest growing ports. Add Columbia County’s abundant utility capacity that includes a next-generation county-wide fiber infrastructure. Finally, consider other unique assets like Fort Gordon, Savannah River Site, Plant Vogtle and Georgia Regents University. The result is Columbia County’s versatile and dynamic business environment, promising success across a variety of sectors.
Manufacturing: In Columbia County, powerhouse manufacturers are prospering—companies like John Deere, Quad/Graphics and Club Car, the world’s largest manufacturer of electric vehicles—and it’s no wonder. In a non-stop global market, our Georgia Work-Ready Community delivers, with a powerful work force custom trained by Georgia’s globally respected Quick Start, and a transportation network that gets raw materials in and finished goods out fast.
Office/Headquarters: Hailed by Money Magazine and U.S. News & World Report for outstanding quality of life, Columbia County offers an attractive setting that cultivates high-profile success, combining business and lifestyle amenities with world-class educational assets and a thriving professional class that supports achievement and growth. Companies like TaxSlayer, Janus Research Group, and Augusta Sportswear choose call Columbia County home.
Military/Government Contractors: A potent cluster is growing even stronger. At Fort Gordon, one of the world’s top cyber centers, multiple missions include the Cyber Center of Excellence and future home U.S. Army Cyber Command, the Armed Forces’ largest communication and information technology training center, the National Security Agency/Central Security Service-Georgia, one of only three major Joint Regional Services providing global operational intelligence. At the Savannah River Site, the nation’s only facility for converting weapons-grade plutonium for peaceful use, the Savannah River National Laboratory deploys a globally recognized research team of 400 led by internationally respected experts. Together the two entities serve both Department of Energy and non-DOE clients in projects ranging from clean energy to national and global security to environmental stewardship. Contractors find opportunity around every corner in Columbia County, thanks to burgeoning mission and facilities growth across sectors, from the new cyber command at Fort Gordon and the new reactors at Plant Vogtle to ongoing healthcare and research expansion.
Healthcare: As the healthcare nexus for an 18-county area, the Augusta MSA serves as a leader in both care and research. nine major hospitals include Doctor’s Hospital home of the nation’s largest burn center, two national Veteran’s Affairs healthcare centers, the Eisenhower Army Regional Medical Center, the clinical arm of Georgia Regents University, home of Medical College of Georgia. Research grants have increased 300% over the last decade at GRU, where leading advances are being made neuroscience, heart health, cancer research, and children’s healthcare.
Research and Development: With Savannah River Site ready to partner with industry, expanded funding and research at Georgia Regents University (where the Office of Technology Transfer helps shepherd innovations from lab to bedside and industry) and the presence of multiple research centers like the Center for Hydrogen Research and GRU’s Biobusiness Incubator, R&D opportunities are excellent in Columbia County.
Warehouse/Logistics: For operations on the move, Columbia County is right on target, with a prime Southeastern location within a two-hour drive of Atlanta and Charlotte, and an established logistical network that includes strategic routes and trained logistics specialists. Columbia County is strategically position between the Ports of Savannah and Charleston.
Retail Development: As the nation’s 35th fastest growing county, Columbia County is experiencing growth in all sectors. As result, Columbia County is well positioned for a boom in retail development. With several major developments, like Gateway and Flowing Wells Landing underway the county is ready to welcome new retail opportunities to the community.
Small Business/Entrepreneurs: Small business and entrepreneurs are flocking to Columbia County and flourishing, thanks to multiple assets like the strong economic foundation of an area noted for its economic growth by Business Week, Forbes and the Brookings Institute. Columbia County also offers the kind of multi-skilled workforce prized by entrepreneurs, solid access to capital, and proximity to major university and government research centers.
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