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Azziz calls on young leaders to help transform Augusta

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In a pause from his work to consolidate Augusta State and Georgia Health Sciences universities, Dr. Ricardo Azziz called on young business leaders Tuesday night to help make Augusta more attractive to new students and recruits.

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GHSU President Dr. Ricardo Azziz speaks to the Young Professionals of Augusta about leadership Tuesday evening at the Partridge Inn.  ZACH BOYDEN-HOLMES/STAFF
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GHSU President Dr. Ricardo Azziz speaks to the Young Professionals of Augusta about leadership Tuesday evening at the Partridge Inn.

Speaking to the Young Professionals of Augusta, GHSU’s president, who will be president of the consolidated university, spoke of the qualities that leaders must have.

“Leadership is really an attitude, a way of thinking,” Azziz said. “Leadership is not your title. It has to do with the skills you learn.”

A key part is building a team with the best people in the best place, he said.

“The right people are your main asset,” he said, and too often leaders, in which he included himself, leave the wrong people in the wrong spot where they won’t succeed.

“We don’t move on people fast enough,” Azziz said.

Despite running a research university and an academic health center, Azziz said he stays in touch by treating patients himself once a month, staying involved in his lab and just walking around campus chatting with people, which he also does at ASU now.

“It’s always amazing what you learn when you talk to people,” Azziz said.

YPA founder Jonathan English asked for advice about how the young business people in Augusta could help transform the region into the next Research Triangle, located in North Carolina’s Raleigh-Durham area.

“To be great, you have to be great to the outside world,” Azziz told him. “We need to make our community attractive to individuals outside (the area). You are the young generation that needs to do this.”

The group, which stresses socializing and networking but also outreach and service to the community, has been working on projects to try to help in various areas of the community, English said.

“We can have a good time and help our community at the same time,” he said.

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kiwiinamerica
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kiwiinamerica 07/10/12 - 09:45 pm
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Blowhard.
Unpublished

Blowhard.

Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 07/10/12 - 09:58 pm
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Where to begin...

Nevermind.

Insider Information
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Insider Information 07/10/12 - 11:17 pm
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Cool! (sarcasm)

Cool!

(sarcasm)

countyman
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countyman 07/11/12 - 12:33 am
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Augusta desperately needs

I'm happy to see there's alot of people in the community who realize the potential of Augusta... We desperately need more young people involved in moving this city forward.... They want a football team, dorms in the CBD, expanded bus system ending at 1am-2am, restaurants/local shops in the urban core outside of the CBD( Medical District, Harrisburg, Summerville, Midtown, Olde Town, Laney Walker), extended Riverwalk into East Augusta, demolishing Regency Mall(softball/baseball fields, basketball courts, volleyball, walking trails, bmx/skateboard park, soccer fields, etc)... The most important thing to remember is young people want to live in urban, pedestrian friendly, and hip places within walking distance of businesses...

Where's the large urban park downtown with waterfalls and bridges??
Where's the aquarium, zoo, amusement park, water park?
Where's the retail, office, residential project in outer South Augusta(Old Waynesboro/Hwy 56, Peach Orchard/Brown)?
Where's the additional sidewalks/bike lanes??
Where's the large number of food trucks/musicians/street vendors downtown everyday?
What happen to the security carmeras going in the CBD?
Where are the substations in the urban core(CBD, Harrisburg, Laney Walker, East Augusta, Bethlehem/MLK, and the Medcial District)?

Top 5
1. Regency Mall
2. East Augusta
3. Peach Orchard/Windsor Spring(Target, Chick Fil A, etc)
4. Harrisburg
5.. All you have to do is promote 'downtown'...

seenitB4
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seenitB4 07/11/12 - 04:48 am
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Key words

Move on people

Leave people in place too long.....

Some moving will be going on soooon....let us move along now...

seenitB4
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seenitB4 07/11/12 - 04:51 am
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ctyman pleeeeze

So early in the am to say these thingsssss

Where's the large urban park downtown with waterfalls and bridges??
Where's the aquarium, zoo, amusement park, water park?

Where is the DANG MONEY for these things....put your $$$ where your mouth is.....buy a big house & pay taxes on it cty...

seenitB4
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seenitB4 07/11/12 - 04:55 am
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countyman said..

The most important thing to remember is young people want to live in urban, pedestrian friendly, and hip places within walking distance of businesses...

No not really countyman....young people think about sex & drinking more than where they live....that is what they really want!

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Riverman1 07/11/12 - 08:14 am
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Dorms in the central business

Dorms in the central business district. I've been saying that forever when others said ASU should be building more dorms at the Wrightsboro Rd complex. Remember that Countyman?

But this could happen fast with the GGHOF land available now.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 07/11/12 - 08:17 am
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Football and a large urban

Football and a large urban park with waterfalls with bridges. Huh? That reminds me of the suggestion to block off Broad St, and electrify it for bumper cars. Or Andy Cheek's Ellis St. canal. Or the idea to freeze Broad St for ice skating. Aren't you glad some of us have common sense?

Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 07/11/12 - 01:26 pm
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Our local cheerleader

is irrepressible, even so early in the day!

It's nice to have a positive outlook (no sarcasm intended) and be able to spin everything accordingly, but does it's expression need to be sooooo long...

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 07/11/12 - 09:24 am
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Aquarium?

There's an aquarium in Beamies.

Zoo?

There's one in Columbia and another one in Atlanta.

Amusement Park?

There's one in Charlotte and another one in Atlanta.

Water Park?

Some local guy is planning to build one in Harlem.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 07/11/12 - 09:27 am
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Private Property

Countyman calls for "demolishing Regency Mall," in his manifesto above.

The trouble is that Regency Mall is private property. It is the owner's call as to when to demolish his buildings. It is not the city's place to insist on it.

David Parker
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David Parker 07/11/12 - 09:36 am
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I''m all-in with you

I''m all-in with you CountyMan. I'd just as soon give up than to set a goal that isn't grandiose and bigger than life. Too too many times, people are ingrained with average expectation. I call it the "meh" mentality.

My logic is by attaining even a percentage of the grander goals, you may surpass the status quo. That's my logic anyway.

People are making moves and development/progress is happening. It's about momentum and somewhat of a butterfly effect, so keep on cheering it.

David Parker
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David Parker 07/11/12 - 09:42 am
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The water park is a no

The water park is a no brainer one would think. It gets a little warm here in the summer as we all know and since the Corp is allowing the lake to drain away, folks want to cool off. Can someone fill me in why Krystal River failed so many years ago?

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 07/11/12 - 09:50 am
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Story

The story the owner told to the press was that the insurance premiums got too high for the water park to make money. You never know the real story, though.

Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 07/11/12 - 10:16 am
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The thing about all this

is that, while he talks a great game, employees on the campus side haven't had a raise in 6 years, not even a cost of living increase. Think about what that means from pre-2008 up to now.

Azziz seems to be a wizard on so many fronts, which is a very good thing. But if he can find special funds to pull up all the old landscaping and replant big chunks of the campus with new stuff--LOTS of new stuff, then why the heck can't he find money to give people raises?

It's hard to watch all the beautification happening when employees are required to work ever harder with fewer resources--and with a sword of being removed hanging overhead, while watching their compensation shrink in purchasing power against the rising cost of simply staying in the same place as to one's basic standard of living.

David Parker
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David Parker 07/11/12 - 10:02 am
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The timing may not have been

The timing may not have been ripe for it either. I could see how insurance would be a huge cost. That area was very industrial and residentially not so dense as it is now.

Wouldn't it be real nice to be able to pull off Davis road and go swimming in Anderson's pool. Play some pool and throw quarters in the Juke. Miss it more each day.

David Parker
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David Parker 07/11/12 - 10:45 am
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I get it Fiat. But you are

I get it Fiat. But you are applying a comprehensive idea to a particular. I am not going to be a salaried person at a school. So I can't empathize with you exactly on the wasting of beautification funds.

What will help me is more action. ANY action. Businesses are created and in turn create micro-business and so on. That's the forecast I would need to see to ever get out of my current lot.

Actually, I'm forcing the issue to get out of my lot, which is another reason I'm so supportive of expansion and development.

Insider Information
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Insider Information 07/11/12 - 10:51 am
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countyman has lots of good

countyman has lots of good ideas, but he always wants me - as a taxpayer - to pay for them.

countyman
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countyman 07/11/12 - 12:10 pm
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Everyday somebody on here

Everyday somebody on here mentions how the city needs to spend additonal money in South Augusta... When infact places like East Augusta are much worse off.... Why don't they move from suburban Atlanta to Richmond County, and specifically South Augusta to help speed up the improvements?? I already happen to live in Augusta, and I don't plan on moving anywhere...

The TEE Center, Diamond Lakes, library, Judicial Center, etc are examples of SPLOST projects... The Kroc Center, Wheeler rd landscaping, Gordon Hwy landscaping, etc are examples of private funds... The Saint Sebastian way landscaping was an private/public partnership.. Plenty of things have been accomplished in the last few years... I think around $5 million is going towards the new lake at Regency Mall.. Splost funds went to the Miller theatre, and Augusta Mini Theatre also..

ASU should build some of their dorms downtown, and next to their University Village, athletic complex, etc... They're supposed to be creating an West campus, and the aquatic center is right next door.. Please check out the Falls Park in downtown Greenville if you think large urban parks can't exist... Adding power stations for electrical vehicles is an great idea for downtown...

Cities have to spend money in order to move forward.... We spend $500k on the RC master plan, and got an $1.8 million grant... We decided to gentrify Laney Walker/Bethlehem, and was one of seven cities selected(American Architects) to get thousands of dollars.. Private developers, banks, and local churches are becoming more involved in the process too..

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countyman 07/11/12 - 11:11 am
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This city needs more people

This city needs more people like Dr. Azziz, and I wish Dr. Bedden would have stayed here longer.. Reading some of the comments on this article, and the daily sky is falling viewpoint.. I can't blame him for leaving, because alot of people in Augusta tend to think small... Metro Dallas is much further ahead compared to cities like Augusta..

The Regency mall does need SPLOST funds to move forward, because no developer will purchase the property... It's been sitting vacant since 2000, and were almost in the year 2013.. Private developers will move into the area once it's cleaned up... The city should be the one behind quality of life projects(parks, public transportation, cameras in the urban core, substations in the urban core, etc)...

I haven't seen the article in the Chronicle today, but this city is moving forward... Non stop flights to DC started at the Augusta Regional airport today..

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 07/11/12 - 11:51 am
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Scary

I have to say that there is more substance in countyman's posts here today than there was in Dr. Azziz's speech yesterday.

Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 07/11/12 - 12:37 pm
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@ David Parker

Yes, you may be right about my statement being more encompassing than the focus of Dr. Azziz's call to young local leaders. And I agree that attracting more commerce and revenue-generating enterprise to our area is a good and desirable goal.

The problem, however, is that state employee salaries, which is what campus side employees get, aren't decided here in Augusta and are likely only minimally impacted by how well the Augusta-area economy is doing. Our impact is diluted into a state-wide average that leaves us struggling in the same pool as everybody else on the state payroll.

That reality is something I believe Dr. Azziz might be able to affect if it were to become a prominent item among the things capturing his attention and heart.

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cnoelg 07/11/12 - 01:13 pm
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Disgusta

I've Been living here for 6 years now and I never go anywhere, because there is no where to go. Countyman and Dr. Azziz are right! Augusta is a dead and dusty town with NOTHING that would appeal to anyone looking for a destination. If Augusta wants to attract more visitors, there has got to be something other than The Masters to attract visitors. I for one, am convinced that the "masters" (read:same old good ole' boys) wouldn't have it any other way. Being a military brat, this isn't my first time at the Augusta rodeo. Too bad about what happened to once thriving downtown once Regency and Augusta malls opened. And it's sad that I haven't seen any real change since former mayor McIntyre championed the RiverWalk. At it's onset, it was a lovely idea and a great place to go. Too bad the momentum was lost. (I mean, we're talking about a town that couldn't even sustain a children's science museum (Fort Discovery). And the Golf and Gardens was a bad idea from the start. It's supposed to be the garden city, where are the gardens? How about a gardening festival instead of an open field with a lone bronze statue of Bobby Jones and nary a "garden" in sight? How about exploiting the hell out of James Brown's legacy? Sure, no one in Augusta gave a damn about him, but there are plenty of people who'd fly in from around the world if we held a week long James Brown funk fest and got some major celebs involved to perform and promote it.
Thing is, from what I can tell...there is money here in Augusta. Alot of military retiree money and young soldier money, and I have nothing else to do but work,and save to buy a house and/or a car money.... IMO, that money is being spent elsewhere due to a lack of things to do in this city. I hear so many people talking about their weekend trips to a beach, lake, mall, park, etc. in Atlanta, Columbia, Greenville, Charlotte, etc. (Speaking of Columbia,we don't even have a comedy club here!)
And is is just me, but what's up with code enforcement here? How come every building that is empty is run down and raggedy? What are the mothballing laws? Can we generate some revenue by tightening up those laws, setting stricter standards and fining the owners for not making these abandoned and unused properties look a little less "squatter/crackhouse" friendly? Everything just looks so "storefront church" and run down in Richmond County...even some of the new businesses.
okay, stepping off soapbox.

Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 07/11/12 - 01:24 pm
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I do believe

I have a red thumb troll! Is always so nice to discover one is getting to the opposition!

David Parker
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David Parker 07/11/12 - 01:47 pm
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Hit that one right out the

Hit that one right out the park cnoelg. Good on ya!

1. JB Celebration week. Get it off on the good foot and it could be big!

2. Code Enforcement. Seems like alot of resources are put toward preventing entrepeneurs from changing the building facades to enhance their business in order to retain historical integrity and aesthetics. Why on Earth wouldn't the same be imposed for blighted empty buildings? I'd rather see tacky than ram-shackled.

3. Maybe someone from the Garden Club can weigh-in and clarify why no gardens downtown.

I'll never red thumb ya Fiat but you'll know if you get to me.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 07/11/12 - 02:03 pm
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Historical

There is something historical about blighted and empty.

David Parker
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David Parker 07/11/12 - 02:31 pm
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It is historical to look old

It is historical to look old LL, agreed. I just don't think the CBD should be inundated with so many "historical" looking places. I've been in several empties recently and they all have a significant issue with degredation, some more than others.

If you see an old looking empty storefront on Broad, 9 times out of 10, there is something significant you can't see that needs attention and is potentially a code infraction.

The Aug Historical Preservation will be quick to point out what you can't do to develop a property's aesthetics. That's a contradiction when and if they turn the other cheek at delapidated buildings. I'd much rather see them go easier on someone wanting to invest, than for them to begin enforcing codes on property owners with empty buildings. It's understandable that there are limits, but until the CDB is thriving, every allowance should be attempted to get people in the buildings and the doors open for business.

Insider Information
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Insider Information 07/11/12 - 03:18 pm
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Follow the logic

If Augusta is as bad as Azziz says it is, then what brought him here?

Is he putting himself down by constantly putting Augusta down?

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 07/11/12 - 03:33 pm
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Thumbs Up

I agree, David.

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