Augusta businesses, people got $400 million from federal government in 2012

Augusta-based businesses, institutions and people collected more than $400 million in federally-funded grants, payments, subsidies and salaries last year, an Augusta Chronicle analysis of federal spending data found.

From making prosthetics and orthotics to automated systems for federal prisons, Augusta-based companies also entered into more than 600 federal contracts valued at more than $155 million during 2012.

Using data compiled from various federal government databases by the Illinois-based watchdog Web site openthebooks.com, The Chronicle reviewed only entities and individuals in Richmond County.

With Fort Gordon and two Department of Veterans Affairs hospitals in Richmond County, the highest-paid federal employees, excluding classified personnel whose information was not available, were 128 medical officers earning between $157,681 and $365,361 annually.

Veterans Affairs employs 2,005 federal workers in Augusta, ahead of the U.S. Postal Service, which has 249 Augusta postal workers, and the Social Security Administration, which has 89 federal employees. The U.S. Department of Transportation employs 24 air traffic controllers here.

The largest federal contract signed by an Augusta firm last year was a $80.9 million agreement between ACC Construction-McKnight Joint Venture and the U.S. Department of State. The firm, founded by Mason McKnight, leads his son Locke McKnight’s GCS Construction, which landed $37.2 million in U.S. Army contracts in 2012, according to the data.

The consolidated Augusta-Richmond County government was Augusta’s third-largest federal contractor last year, with a large water treatment project at Fort Gordon. The local government secured federal contracts worth $8.6 million last year.

Residents secured many millions in federal Pell Grants to attend Augusta Technical College, Augusta State University or Medical College of Georgia last year, including about $52.8 million in Pell grants used by medical students.

They also borrowed money to attend a university or college, including $54.7 million in federal loans to attend MCG, $32.7 million for ASU and $11.1 million for third-place federal student loan recipient Virginia College Augusta.

The Small Business Administration guaranteed $11.9 million in federal loans for Augusta-based businesses such as the new Steak ’n Shake, which opened last year with help from a $805,000 SBA certified loan.

TOP FEDERAL CONTRACT TOTALS FOR 2012

ACC Construction-McKnight Joint Venture $80.9 million

GSC Construction $37.2 million

Augusta-Richmond County $8.6 million

Community Health Systems, $4.4 million

ESi Acquisition Inc. $3.3 million

Communications Research Engineering & Consultant Group $2.4 million

Textron Inc. $1.5 million

GJ&L Inc. $1.5 million

Vascular Radiology Association $1.5 million

Southeastern Equipment Co. $1.4 million

Georgia Health Sciences University $1.2 million

McKnight Construction $1.06 million

Total Augusta-based contracts $155.7 million

 

 

 

TOP FEDERAL PAYMENTS FOR 2012

Augusta State University $11.3 million

Augusta Technical College $9.1 million

Paine College $3.9 million

Total Augusta federal payments $26.7 million

 

AUGUSTA FEDERAL EMPLOYEES

Total salaries $157.9 million

Total employees: 2,462

 

TOP FEDERAL LOAN RECIPIENTS

Medical College of Georgia $54.7 million

Augusta State University $32.7 million

Virginia College Augusta $11.1 million

Paine College $8.6 million

Ripal & Rupal LLC $5.5 million

Total federal loans: $126.6 million

TOP FEDERAL LOAN RECIPIENTS

Medical College of Georgia $54.7 million

Augusta State University $32.7 million

Virginia College Augusta $11.1 million

Paine College $8.6 million

Ripal & Rupal LLC $5.5 million

Total federal loans: $126.6 million

TOP FEDERAL GRANT RECIPIENTS FOR 2012

Medical College of Georgia $52.8 million

CSRA Economic Opportunity Authority $11.6 million

Augusta Housing Authority $10.5 million

Georgia Health Sciences University $6.1 million

Neighborhood Improvement Project $5.7 million

Georgia War Veterans Home $5.1 million

Paine College $4.2 million

Augusta Housing & Community Development $3.2 million

Total federal grants: $101.4 million

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