Augusta information technology firm IntelliSystems is opening a new office in Aiken this month, and another in downtown Columbia in January.
Kevin Wade started the business in 1993 and it has been a downtown Augusta denizen. It is about to establish a place in downtown Aiken too – in The Alley.
The slicing of the ceremonial ribbon is Nov. 14. The Columbia office expansion will be at the Atrium on Stoneridge Drive near Riverbanks Zoo.
IntelliSystems has 11 employees now and will be adding staff for each of the two new locations.
It’s been decades since a locally-owned bank has been the market share leader. That moment is again growing nearer.
This week, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. released its annual tally of deposits in the Augusta metro area. In the 20 banks that serve the region, there is $7.45 billion deposited in them.
The market share leader is still Wells Fargo, which was Wachovia here for years, which has 20.9 percent of all the money.
The site plan for the new Walmart is still pending with the city.
According to Augusta’s planning and zoning department, there are still some entities that need to sign off on the plans, like trees and the traffic engineer, but the city engineer and utilities think it is fine.
Walmart is building a new store at 3336 Wrightsboro Road. That’s the Forest Hills shopping center, where New Life Christian Center is set up.
The economic development deal of the year for Augusta was named a deal of the year by the Georgia Economic Developers Association.
Starbucks earned the “hats off to you” honor from the state association.
Augusta got the award in the large community division. The association also handed out honors for regional development projects and smaller communities.
Held back by the job market. That’s what the latest MetroMonitor shows.
Augusta was once king of the MetroMonitor, a quarterly economic analysis by the Brookings Institution. While the Great Recession was making metro areas like Las Vegas look like scorched earth, Augusta was floating high on the list of cities that were resilient. Then the recovery caught up to the previously ravaged cities, which now have more cylinders firing, and Augusta’s slow and steady pace has put it on the bottom of the economic measure for the biggest 100 cities in the U.S.
For all the years of double-digit passenger growth at Augusta Regional Airport, it seems that this year it has found its pace.
Traffic for the first six months of 2012 is about even with the first six months of 2011.
Show me the numbers: In 2011, there were 273,396 passengers for January through June. In 2012, there were 273,116.
There would have been more had American Eagle not pulled out. It was doing about 4,500 passengers per month.
The Hull College of Business at Augusta State University turned in its economic commentary on the first half of the year.
The unemployment rate is high and so are consumer prices, but there are a few bright spots with more building permits and fewer people joining the unemployment line.
The leading economic indicacators index at ASU increased slightly – 0.6 percent – over the course of the six months.
The South Carolina Chamber of Commerce thinks the Cytec Industries plant in North Augusta is a swell place.
Cytec is the Small Manufacturer of the Year, announced Wednesday by the state chamber.
Cytec makes chemicals and materials that end up in adhesives, paints, inks, plastics and other industrial coatings.
The Medium Manufactrurer of the Year is one county over, Holcim Inc., located in Orangeburg. They make more cement than anyone in the state.
A couple of local companies are still making ink on the Inc. 5000.
MAU Workforce Solutions, EDTS and ESi are becoming perennials on Inc. magazine’s list of fastest growing companies. And two of them are ranking higher this year.
MAU Workforce Solutions, a staffing agency that provides workers for companies such as BMW, placed 2,530, a 681 spot jump from last year. Over three years, the company experienced 96 percent growth and had $208 million in revenue in 2011.