Mayor Deke Copenhaver to speak at outsourcing conference

Mayor Deke Copenhaverwill speak at a conference focused on outsourcing.

Editor's Note: Because of an editor's error, a previous version of this story did not say that Copenhaver was invited to speak by CEO Monty Hamilton.



Mayor Deke Copenhaver has been invited to speak about the positive impact of an IT outsourcing firm on Augusta’s economy next week at a global outsourcing conference in Phoenix.

Copen­haver said Rural Sour­­cing Inc., which opened a development center in En­ter­prise Mill in 2011, represents the “quality above quantity” approach of the city’s economic development team.

“They are precisely the type of company we want to attract to ensure the sustainable economic growth of our city by helping to retain IT professionals while providing opportunities for our community’s best and brightest young minds,” he said.

With the arrival of other businesses such as an Auto­ma­tic Data Processing service center and a Starbucks production plant, “Augusta has become a hub for reshoring, which has now created over 1,500 new jobs and has had a major impact on our local economy,” he said.

Reshoring, which provides a domestic alternative to companies shipping manufacturing jobs or IT functions overseas, will be a small part of the four-day Outsourcing World Summit, which overlaps Tues­day’s Augusta Commission meeting.

Copenhaver was invited to speak on the “human side” of outsourcing by Rur­al Sourcing CEO Monty Hamil­ton.

The commission continues to debate the merits of outsourcing management of Au­gusta Municipal Golf Course more than three years after voting to do so. It vetoed an effort to outsource human resources to ADP last year and nearly held transit operator Mobility Transit in breach of its contract after the company fell behind on bill payments and other requirements.

Outsourcing efforts in utilities, engineering and maintenance have been more successful.

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