Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal will be in Augusta tomorrow to help break ground on the new addition to the Hull McKnight Georgia Cyber Center for Innovation and Training.
Deal and Calvin C. Rhodes, executive director of the Georgia Technology Authority that is building the center on Augusta University’s Riverfront Campus, will be part of the groundbreaking at 2 p.m. at the site on Reynolds Street. Local elected officials and business leaders are also expected to attend.
Before the $60 million center was even completed, Deal announced a $35 million addition in November that will serve as an incubator and include lease space for private contractors supporting those working in the 165,000-square foot facility. With the $12 million parking deck being contributed by the city of Augusta, total investment in the project is now at least $107 million. The first part is scheduled to open in July and the addition by December, Deal’s office noted in a news release.
AU President Brooks Keel has said the project is probably just the first phase of cyber projects that will go on the nearly 17-acre site and will produce spin-offs and affiliated project throughout the region in collaboration with the U.S. Army Cyber Command Army Cyber Center of Excellence at Fort Gordon.
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