Rausch has been the business editor since September 2008, previously serving as senior business reporter. He joined the Chronicle in April 2007. He has written for newspapers in Napoleon, Ohio, Moline, Ill., and Lima, Ohio. He holds a bachelor of science in journalism from Ohio University (1992). In 2006, he received a second place award in business writing from the Association Press in Ohio.
Posted August 30, 2013 10:52 am

September an $8 million month for Augusta tourism

September is going to be an $8 million month for visitors’ spending.


Half of that is going to come from the triathlon at the end of September.


The Augusta Sports Council and the Convention and Visitors Bureau comes up with a visitor spending estimate every month. September is usually a big number because of the triathlon and Arts in the Heart of Augusta.


Arts in the Heart is bringing 70,000 people to the city. The three-day festival doesn’t have a lot of overnight hotel stays associated with it, so the economic impact is only $80,000, the agencies say.


The Intermedix Ironman 70.3 conversely has a lot of people staying the night, athletes and their families, so the economic impact of 6,000 visitors is $4 million.


A couple of interesting events in the month include a three-day Georgia Board of Regents summit – 950 people with a spending impact of $947,000. And there’s a four-day Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association event called Army TechNet that’s bringing in 1,000 people and $538,000.


IN CASE YOU MISSED THE TWITTER: Here are the low-tech highlights of what’s happening on @Scuttlebiz.

  • The grand opening of a new Sam’s Club in Aiken has been scheduled for Oct. 3. 
  • Farmhaus restaurant creator is working on next door Broad Street wine and tapas bar called Craft & Vine. 
  • Site plan filed with Augusta for Dunkin’ Donuts at 2930 Peach Orchard Road, 4,200 square foot title pawn shop replacement. 
  • Site plan filed with Augusta for Perry Smith Barber Shop, redevelopment of residential property at 1428 Springview Drive.


SAFE DRIVERS: Allstate says the drivers (just those who happen to be its customers) in Augusta are the safest in Georgia.


Allstate Insurance released its ninth annual best drivers report based on its claims data, ranking America’s 200 largest cities in terms of car collision frequency.


So even though Augusta is best in Georgia, it still has a lot of collisions, cause it ranks 88 in the nation. According to the report, the average driver in Augusta will experience an auto collision every 9.5 years.


America’s Safest Driving City is Fort Collins, Colo.