With apologies to Clement Clarke Moore, here is my Augusta business version of A Visit from St. Nicholas:
‘Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the town,
The economy was stirring – expansion all around.
Buildings are rising high up in the air,
With hopes that more cranes soon will be there.
Business leaders were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of growth danced in their heads.
With AU on break, and I in my cap,
I had just settled down for a short winter nap.
When in The Chronicle there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from my chair to see what was the matter.
Away to the internet I flew like a flash,
To get the news before my computer could crash.
The announcement of new investments we know,
Gave me excitement and left me aglow.
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But a growing economy, and a vision that’s clear.
With economic drivers, so lively and quick,
Like cyber and health care, curing the sick.
More rapid than eagles the businesses they grew,
And in my mind, their names I knew:
“Now, Starbucks! Now, Club Car! Now, Deere and ADP!
On EdenCrete! On SRNL! On TaxSlayer and TSV!
To the top of health care! To the top of cyber!
So much to celebrate (though I’m not much of an imbiber!)
As we wait for the season when baseballs will fly,
We have a new stadium that is a feast for the eye.
Around the stadium, the economy will sail,
With dining, housing and lots of retail
And then, in a twinkling, I saw a great light –
The addition to the skyline known as Hull-McKnight.
A building for cyber training and defense,
A welcome addition due to the governor’s largesse.
Beyond being a training and education place,
It’s a haven for startups and co-location space.
With entrepreneurs, researchers and so much more,
A growing economy is surely in store.
On this Christmas Eve, downtown is a thriller
With dining, bars, the Imperial and the Miller.
New hotels rising up from the ground,
To welcome folks from all around.
For Augusta business, we might want to say
“Santa arrived well before today.”
But whether I’m wrong or whether I’m right …
Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night!
The writer is dean of Augusta University’s James M. Hull College of Business. Reach him at email@example.com.