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.