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Augusta mayor discusses plan for 'collaboration center'

Mayor discusses plans for center

Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012 1:47 PM
Last updated Friday, Jan. 20, 2012 5:16 AM
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Mayor Deke Copenhaver on Thursday touched on his plans for the $100,000 economic development line item he has been budgeted by the Augusta Commission.

Mayor Deke Copenhaver  promoted a "knowledge-based economy."  SARA CALDWELL/STAFF
SARA CALDWELL/STAFF
Mayor Deke Copenhaver promoted a "knowledge-based economy."

Giving an annual State of the City address to the Augusta Exchange Club, Copenhaver said the $100,000 was matched in full by the private sector the day it was approved.

Speaking publicly for the first time about the project, Copenhaver said he’ll use the $200,000 to establish a “collaboration center” that will grow Augusta’s technology sector.

The mayor said he has met with officials from Savannah River Site, Rural Sourcing Inc. and Georgia Health Sciences University about the initiative and is considering locating it in the former Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce building. The I.M. Pei-designed building on Broad Street has been vacant for two years.

The center will capitalize on the information technology, medical and energy resources already in the area, Copenhaver said.

“We have an opportunity to really have a knowledge-based economy if we get all those entities working together and focus on creating a buzz around Augusta,” he said. “We have all the resources here to do it.”

Copenhaver continues to heed the advice of Charleston, S.C., Mayor Joe Riley, citing the longtime mayor’s recommendation that cities should focus on building things.

Copenhaver noted the year’s completions of the Augusta-Richmond County Judicial Center and John H. Ruffin Jr. Courthouse, Costco and the $112 million GHSU College of Dental Medicine building, which he said was “the largest investment by the state in any one single facility.”

He also mentioned the redevelopment efforts under way in the Laney-Walker and Bethlehem communities, where eight houses have sold.

Unlike most U.S. cities, Augusta has a “strong manufacturing base” that recently saw Rockwood Pigments announce it was locating 80 to 100 jobs at a new plant, Copenhaver said.

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my.voice
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my.voice 01/19/12 - 02:24 pm
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This is what my wife says

This is what my wife says right before she goes to the mall.

Craig Spinks
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Craig Spinks 01/19/12 - 02:24 pm
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Mayor Copenhaver said, "We

Mayor Copenhaver said, "We have all the resources here to do it."

Come on, Mr. Mayor.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 01/19/12 - 02:47 pm
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Hire someone and buy them a

Hire someone and buy them a computer to play on all day equals Collaboration Center.

formerlawman1217
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formerlawman1217 01/19/12 - 02:47 pm
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why do we need a

why do we need a collaboration center ? just wondering

David Parker
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David Parker 01/19/12 - 03:05 pm
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Lookit, the Knee-Jerk Gang.

Lookit, the Knee-Jerk Gang. Stay beautiful yall.

Dudeness
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Dudeness 01/19/12 - 03:18 pm
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Some details on what these

Some details on what these fancy words actually mean would be nice.

David Parker
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David Parker 01/19/12 - 04:03 pm
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helpful even

helpful even

vbost
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vbost 01/19/12 - 04:51 pm
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YES!!! Put it in the old

YES!!! Put it in the old Metro Chamber building. Nothing like a little collaboration within walking distance of the strip clubs!! What would Joe Riley say about that?

Conservative Man
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Conservative Man 01/19/12 - 05:03 pm
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No wonder this city is

No wonder this city is broke....Collaboration Center....will that be located next to the empathy table?

countyman
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countyman 01/19/12 - 05:48 pm
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Conservative Man.. Millions

Conservative Man.. Millions of dollars in the reserve fund, and Augusta is doing better than the majority of cities in the US..

Insider Information
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Insider Information 01/19/12 - 05:42 pm
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Hmmm.... I wonder who will

Hmmm.... I wonder who will head this "collaboration" center up once Deke is out of office. Could it be Deke?

By the way, using the word "collaboration" and Augusta city government in the same sentence is laughable at best.

If Deke were a collaborator (rather, than a run-and-hider), we wouldn't have sharp divide in government we have.

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countyman 01/19/12 - 06:17 pm
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The mayor continues to show

The mayor continues to show why he's won two straight elections with over 60% of the vote.. Anytime you can get the private sector to give you $100k, then they really do believe in Augusta.. The private sector is behind the recent landscaping project on Wheeler rd too..

Craig Spinks.. Augusta has one of the largest Medical Districts in the south. The largest burn center in the US, and third largest in the world is located at Doctors Hospital in West Augusta.. Rural Sourcing brought 100 high paying IT jobs to the Enterprise Mill in the CBD.. The headquarters of ESI on Boad street are within a few minutes of the BioBusiness center(incubator) on Broad street.. Microsoft and Cisco both have academies on Fort Gordon, and I believe the Microsoft academy is the largest in the world.. The media haven't discussed the National Security Agency at Fort Gordon regularly, but it's only one of five in the US.. Then add SRS and Bridegstone's $1 billion investment in Aiken County, Plant Vogtle in Burke, Rockwood's $115 facility and the multi-million Algae facility in South Augusta, etc and you've created a domino effect.. Imagine the possibilities once GHSU builds their research park downtown..

Conservative Man
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Conservative Man 01/19/12 - 08:20 pm
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Another laundry list of

Another laundry list of wonderful things that we should be thankful for eh? Countyman?...... Where was Deke when Cherry Tree crossing blew up last year?....At the beach...Where was Deke when the firefighters health benefits were cancelled over the July 4th weekend last year...cell phone was off.......I hate to sound like a curmudgeon. but the constant "rose colored glasses" approach is just as tiresome. Until this city has true leadership, and not "minions" who carry water for our AWOL officials, we will continue to be the "red-headed step child" of Georgia. Thankfully our "illustrious" Mayor will be gone in a few years and maybe, just maybe we will have a Mayor who cares about helping the WHOLE city instead of just helping his "benefactors"....We can only hope....

Pu239
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Pu239 01/19/12 - 08:31 pm
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WOW....countyman just solved
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WOW....countyman just solved the economic crisis in two paragraphs! (sarcasm font) He managed to post up for Deke....pick and roll on the big industrials in the counties he regularly slams, then finshed up with a big alley-opp to Azziz....

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Riverman1 01/19/12 - 08:44 pm
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When this happens, we need to

When this happens, we need to get a photo of the person sitting at her (you know it's a she) desk in the corner with the computer with a little sign saying "Collaboration Center."

Riverman1
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Riverman1 01/19/12 - 08:46 pm
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$100,000 for a Collaboration

$100,000 for a Collaboration Center equals one good job for a friend of Deke.

Iwannakno
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Iwannakno 01/19/12 - 09:38 pm
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Come on guys collaboration
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Come on guys collaboration center is code word for a person that will figure out how to ram a baseball stadium (oh I'm sorry countryman) a "mixed use facility" down the voters throat.

Insider Information
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Insider Information 01/19/12 - 10:56 pm
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What the mayor didn't mention

What the mayor didn't mention is that the Copenhaver Collaboration Center will be housed inside Copenhaver Field as part of the Copenhaver Stadium Multi-Use Complex.

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countyman 01/20/12 - 02:07 am
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DekeBott.. I know you're one

DekeBott.. I know you're one of the same few who love to complain about everything.. Can you please read my comment, and do some research before you respond..

I clearly said Doctor's Hospital has the third largest burn center in the world, and nothing about the size of the hospital..

The Washington academy program is available to every high school student in the state, and it's the largest statewide program.. The Augusta IT academy is one single location at Fort Gordon..

How is Microsoft having facilites in India related to my comment??

The TEE Center and parking deck equal $50 million, and not $100 million

Jilly Bean
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Jilly Bean 01/20/12 - 02:55 am
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Some people just wont allow

Some people just wont allow the facts to make it into their comments. A bunch of people come on here and make false statements which leads to even more misinformed people.

Craig Spinks
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Craig Spinks 01/20/12 - 03:15 am
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(C)ountyman @ 6:17 PM, Was

(C)ountyman @ 6:17 PM,

Was your failure to mention the "world-class" stati of the RCSS and the vast majority of its graduates an oversight or the product of an infrequent victory over hyperbole?

David Parker
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David Parker 01/20/12 - 08:27 am
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Lots of hairtrigger reaction

Lots of hairtrigger reaction to this idea. Great to see the spin dr's and effort-bashers representing here. Keep reaping all those great perks and rewards that are so synonymous with a city that revels in it's status quo.

iLove
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iLove 01/20/12 - 09:15 am
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Thats a nice photo! Great
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Thats a nice photo! Great job Sara.

JRC2024
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JRC2024 01/20/12 - 09:19 am
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Why all the negative remarks.

Why all the negative remarks. Get on with the development. We need it.

madgerman
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madgerman 01/20/12 - 09:49 am
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Actually the $200K probably
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Actually the $200K probably means one good job with benefits and retirement and three low paying part time assistants with no benefits.

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 01/20/12 - 12:42 pm
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JRC, my guess is, it is a

JRC, my guess is, it is a trust issue, and there is none.

Conservative Man
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Conservative Man 01/20/12 - 01:35 pm
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Willow is right. It's hard to

Willow is right. It's hard to trust people when they'd rather do something like this with the money than....say give as many deputies as possible in our county a small bump in pay.Or not lay off any more people who actually "work" for the city.

allhans
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allhans 01/20/12 - 01:51 pm
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Countyman is a woman, right?

Countyman is a woman, right?

allhans
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allhans 01/20/12 - 01:51 pm
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Countyman is a woman, right?

Countyman is a woman, right?

Rob Pavey
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Rob Pavey 01/20/12 - 02:02 pm
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Doing something is almost

Doing something is almost always better than doing nothing. Action breeds more action. Stagnation just breeds mosquitoes.

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