Buy alert: Augusta's stock going up

National experts see what we've got, and what we're poised to be

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As much as we worry and lament and even gripe about the state of things here, America is still the best place on Earth to live.

Now consider this: You live in one of the best places in America.

That's not according to us -- it's according to RelocateAmerica, a website that profiles communities for those who are relocating, and which ranks the top 100 cities to live each year.

It just ranked Augusta in the top 10 -- seventh, to be exact -- amid the fine company of Austin, Texas, Raleigh, N.C., Boulder, Colorado and our friends just up the road in Greenville, S.C., which came in at sixth.

"Augusta exemplifies the classic South," the website boasts for us, "from the warm hospitality to the antebellum mansions that grace our neighborhood streets. Its charm and appeal is evident from the temperate climate to the year-round greenery that defines its designation as the Garden City."

Pointing to the area's low cost of living and affordable housing prices, RelocateAmerica speaks right to retirees, noting that Augusta is a "beautiful historic" city "with a diverse culture, vibrant arts community and mild climate. There are more than 40 retirement communities, assisted living and nursing home facilities in the Augusta and Richmond County area."

Then there's the stable economy -- annually ranked among the nation's most resilient in tough times, and buttressed by large businesses, Fort Gordon, the Savannah River Site and the huge and growing medical complex.

The climate offers a Florida feel without the hurricanes, and the Savannah River is not only a lifeblood but a magnet for strollers and outdoor enthusiasts; it's become a regional and even national mecca for sports and recreation, thanks in large part to the efforts of the Augusta Sports Council, the Augusta Convention and Visitors Bureau, Metro Chamber of Commerce and more.

Oh, and it's a college town, with Paine College, Augusta State and more -- the latter home to the reigning back-to-back NCAA Division I golf champs.

And there's a fun little golf tournament here every April.

The best part of Augusta, though, we'd have to say are the people. We can't tell you how often visitors remark about the friendliness and southern hospitality here.

RelocateAmerica isn't the only one that sees Augusta for the great city it is. In its September/October issue, Where to Retire magazine cites Augusta as one of "8 Enticing Money-Saver Towns."

"As Augusta is the second-largest metro area in Georgia, one would expect

higher expenses, but that's not the case," writes editor Mary Lu Abbott. "Its cost of living is well below average, and retirees get ample entertainment options and a regional medical center along with excellent buys in homes."

Guess what: Once we get through the current national unpleasantness, things in Augusta are poised to get even better. For one thing, Where to Retire, which could help attract retirees here, notes that, "Generally, relocating retirees are healthier, better educated and more affluent than those who choose to not relocate. They bring significant economic benefits to their new states and hometowns."

In addition, there can be no doubt that Augusta's riverfront contains some of the most desirable -- and available -- riverfront development land east of the Mississippi. We honestly haven't done much with it -- but with the building of the new convention center on the river, that may begin to change.

National experts certainly see the potential.

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Asitisinaug
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Asitisinaug 08/07/11 - 11:00 pm
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"Augusta exemplifies the

"Augusta exemplifies the classic South," - Thank God for The Masters and The Augusta National because that is what puts us on the map.

For anyone from here that ever travels and in conversation bring up Augusta, the only thing discussed from that point forward is The Masters and the course at Augusta National.

If it wern't for them, we wouldn't be in the top 100, except for a ranking of dysfunctional government.

Anyways, it is good for us to get the ranings, etc. but we must give credit where it is due.

broad street narrow mind
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broad street narrow mind 08/08/11 - 12:03 am
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the site, relocateamerica
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the site, relocateamerica uses nominations from people and businesses according to the web site. i bet the people who hear about the ranking are the people who nominate. the site sends out announcements if you vote. who broke the news on this list?

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countyman 08/08/11 - 12:17 am
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The Master is one of the top

The Master is one of the top sporting events in the entire world.. Bringing up Augusta can make the conversation quickly turn into James Brown. I've heared people bring up the Medical District and the burn center before too.. The city of Augusta is knowed for it's historic downtown... Lots of people think Augusta is next in line after Savannah and Charleston.. The great fire of 1916 didn't destroy all of the great buildings and structures downtown.. The Old Academy or Richmond, John Phinizy House, Imperial Theatre, St. Paul's, Sacred Heart, former Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, DeLaigle House, Jacob Phinizy House, Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art, Augusta Cotton Exchange, Union Savings Bank Building, Woodrow Wilson childhood home, Old Medical College of Georgia, First Presbyterian Church, Joseph Lamar historic house, etc to name a few.. The Marion Building(Augusta's first skyscraper), Rice House(1225 Greene st in the CBD), and the Dunbar-Howard House(316-316 Greene st in Olde Town) are all being renovated.. Hopefully the old Davidson can be turned into retail, residential, and office space. The Miller Theatre is another future renovation downtown. The splost money and the citizens of Augusta have to much invested into the theatre..

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countyman 08/08/11 - 12:12 am
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Every single one of the top

Every single one of the top 100 cities had the chance to make the top ten list. The cities were selected based on the real estate market, local economy, recreation, and safety.. The group visited each city and received feedback from the leaders, business leaders, and the residents of the city.

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Riverman1 08/08/11 - 05:23 am
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As someone who has the

As someone who has the advantage of having lived in many other places and being able to choose where I wanted to settle down in my career, Augusta and the CSRA are hard to beat. I knew that a long time.

I agree with everything said, except the silly statement the convention center will spur riverfront development. You know it's not able to draw anything near what would be considered even a minimal occupancy rate and are attempting to sugar coat the abject $100 million failure because the Morris Co. is involved with it financially. The TEE supporters should apologize to the community and make sure such a mistake is never made again.

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Techfan 08/08/11 - 05:29 am
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Did they actually visit

Did they actually visit Augusta?

Riverman1
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Riverman1 08/08/11 - 05:50 am
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By the way, I consider it

By the way, I consider it ethically wrong for agencies who receive county money to have employees spamming the Chronicle in an attempt to influence public opinion of what a good job they are doing. Comments in the Chronicle should reflect the opinions of the people and not those of paid organizations using county money.

Techfan
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Techfan 08/08/11 - 06:11 am
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"The annual "Top Places to

"The annual "Top Places to Live" list is released each spring and recognizes the top communities as nominated by their residents & local businesses. RelocateAmerica's Research Group determines the list based on review of various data gathered for economic, employment, housing, education, industry, opportunity, environment and recreation along with feedback from area leaders & residents" From their website.

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DuhJudge 08/08/11 - 06:31 am
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Augusta is a good bargain and

Augusta is a good bargain and has nice neighbors....Columbia County and North Augusta. But it also has the credibility of being significantly civilized. When they want to, the citizens of Augusta can really show off and do a better job of it than the neighbors. The fact that Augusta has a lot of civilized legacies makes it desirable for both business and re-location. Usually the city is associated with the many services it has to provide to the needy. But, I would put our Symphony, our charity events, and our collective efforts up against anybody else's city. Even this paper is a fine example of how we do things in Augusta. Right now there is not much temperate about our weather, but that will change soon enough. I do travel and believe me we have a lot to come back to. Put your roots down here, then go see the world.

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harley_52 08/08/11 - 07:45 am
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Having actually lived in ten

Having actually lived in ten different states and three countries, I can attest to the fact that Augusta is a good place to live. Yes, it has some warts, but they are far outweighed by the positives.

Upon retiring from the Army we had many options for where to spend the rest of our lives and after careful consideration, my family (all of us) chose Augusta.

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countyman 08/08/11 - 08:37 am
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Techfan.. I believe the CEO

Techfan.. I believe the CEO of RelocateAmerica personally visited Augusta...

Riverman1
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Riverman1 08/08/11 - 08:49 am
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The CEO of RelocateAmerica

The CEO of RelocateAmerica and their ENTIRE work force is probably one and the same.

broad street narrow mind
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broad street narrow mind 08/08/11 - 10:05 am
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countyman, who is the ceo of
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countyman,
who is the ceo of relocateamerica? when was the ceo here? did the ceo go to all the cities on the list?

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Emerydan 08/08/11 - 11:25 am
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The last line of the

The last line of the editorial: "In addition, there can be no doubt that Augusta's riverfront contains some of the most desirable -- and available -- riverfront development land east of the Mississippi. We honestly haven't done much with it -- but with the building of the new convention center on the river, that may begin to change.".... Now just replace the word "convention center" with "Port Royal", "Fort Discovery", "River Walk", "Golf and Gardens", etc etc etc. And btw since the TEE Center was supposed to spur all of this additional private development along the riverfront, then what happened to that Hyatt Place Hotel that everyone was promised?

Emerydan
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Emerydan 08/08/11 - 11:34 am
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The Augusta area has many

The Augusta area has many positives and they should be acknowledged, but it also has many challenges that should be acknowledged too, but it seems that our leaders would rather ignore them and hide behind "rankings" from a couple of websites that most people have never heard of before. These rankings may have more weight if they were coming from more recognized and respected sources: Time Magazine, Travel Channel, Rand McNally, Southern Living, US News and World Report (the same folks who publish the college and university rankings).. etc. I suspect that the only people who pay attention to rankings from these websites are mostly bureaucrats from the city agencies that promote themselves on these websites. I can probably find about 100 or more websites that publish their "Best of" lists.. all with completely different rankings.

Emerydan
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Emerydan 08/08/11 - 11:41 am
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If you want a dose of

If you want a dose of "reality" then read Sylvia Coopers latest City Ink. If you want a dose of anesthesia, then read this editorial.

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David H 08/08/11 - 12:13 pm
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Relocate America is an ad

Relocate America is an ad site which sole goal is to generate market leads for SEO and SEM. It's fake and I can't believe you guys wrote an article about it. The people that own it along with several hundred other sites pay (About $2) local fresh out of high school teens (from oDesk) to write an article on why it is a good reason to relocate to (Insert your city here). Then they mix up the results and someone find out about their city and posts it on Facebook. They hit the jackpot with Augusta when the fine folk at the Chronicle went out and wrote an article about it. They didn't even have to rank us #1. I'm very sorry to spoil the verbal game of battleship... Carry on folks nothing to see here.

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tomcasey 08/08/11 - 12:33 pm
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With all the talk of Augusta

With all the talk of Augusta on this list, I find it very strange one city in Georgia, Atlanta, is not list at all in the Top Ten.

I agree with David H and Emerydan on their comments.

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countyman 08/08/11 - 04:35 pm
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I noticed David H joined

I noticed David H joined today has one comment total on the Augusta Chronicle. Forbes, Metro Monitor, Businessweek, CNBC, Brookings, have all ranked Augusta high on their diffrent list.. The same people said those rankings were meaningless too. The Augusta housing market and local econmy is in much better shape compared to the city of Atlanta..

I definitely wouldn't refer to Sylvia's editorial as ''reality'' either... She called the entire Harrisburg neighborhood a decayiing mill town.. The area of the Harrisburg neighborhood facing Summerville is nothing but manicured lawns and nice homes... Many businesses other than Rubens have been located on Broad street for several years.. Luigis, Mellow Mushroom, Pizza Joint, Blue Sky, 1102, Soul Bar, David Mens Wear, Joes Underground, Sky City, Pinnacle Club, Merrys, etc...

Dividing Augusta into Tobacco rd, Augusta Exchange, Hill, and everywhere else makes no sense.. I wouldn't even place Tobacco rd ahead of Peach Orchard rd in terms of the importance to the South Augusta area... The Augusta mall has the largest trade area and it's a much bigger destination compared to the Augusta Exchange. The Village at Riverwatch underway will draw crowds much further away compared to the Exchange. The Central Business District and Medical District are too imporant to be grouped with ''everywhere'' else..

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seenitB4 08/08/11 - 04:32 pm
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It's funny that ctyman posts

It's funny that ctyman posts so much about Atlanta & doesn't live there....but whoa be gone to others posting about the CSRA & living elsewhere...you are too funny ctyman....Sylvia has a great column & she is the real deal.

countyman
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countyman 08/08/11 - 04:54 pm
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I never tell the taxpayers of

I never tell the taxpayers of Atlanta what to do with their own money. I don't complain daily about Fulton County either.. I don't make a big deal when crimes happens on the Southside of Atlanta.. Then don't say anything when crime happens in the other areas.. I have family living in/around Atlanta similar to you having family in Augusta..

The editorial published by Sylvia's is nothing more than her opinion's and not ''actual'' facts..

Do you really believe dividing Augusta into the Hill, Augusta Exchange, Tobacco rd, and everywhere else is fact??? The Augusta Mall trade area is MUCH bigger than the Augusta Exchange. The Central Business District and Medical District are much more important than the Hill, Augusta Exchange, or Tobacco rd.. I don't even consider Tobacco rd to be the retail/dining area of South Augusta. Peach Orchard rd is much further along in this regard. I bet the Target, Ruby Tuesday, Chick Fil A, center locates around Peach Orchard/I-520..

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Willow Bailey 08/08/11 - 04:54 pm
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The true criteria that has

The true criteria that has put Augusta on the list is...cost of living, medical centers, a much lower cost of homes, particularly new ones, central location between coast and mountains and lower property tax base. It has nothing to do with the attraction of the local good ole boys club, the upcoming stadium and all the other hoopla that is consistently touted here daily. Congrats, Augusta, you made it in spite of the politics.

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Riverman1 08/08/11 - 05:03 pm
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Sylvia made a good point

Sylvia made a good point about the different areas of the county. Consolidation has been such a complete failure and will be much more of a problem in the future when the anachronism of the white majority is gone maybe it should be de-consolidated and made into 5 separate cities. If Columbia County ever incorporates, it would be neat if West Augusta merged with it.

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countyman 08/08/11 - 05:06 pm
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I would add the ongoing job

I would add the ongoing job growth in Augusta to the list..

Augusta ranked 4th(percentage)in terms of private sector job growth between September 2009 and September 2010.. Behind the cities of Austin, Oklahoma City, and Charleston. Relocate America included the cities of Oklahoma City and Austin in the top ten cities list..

The city ranked 9th in terms of corporate expansions in the year 2010(metros between 200k & 1 million).. Convergent, Rural Sourcing, Bennett International, Caraustar, Biotest Pharmeciticuls, Solo Cup
Comcast, etc to name a few..

Marco's Pizza opened their first Augusta location at the Furys Ferry Station in West Augusta a few months ago. According to their research Augusta is the fastest growing market in the state of Georgia.

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Riverman1 08/08/11 - 05:18 pm
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You just know the people of

You just know the people of West Augusta would jump at the chance to merge with a city predominantly in Columbia County. Wouldn't that be something.

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countyman 08/08/11 - 05:50 pm
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Unless it's the city of Evans

Unless it's the city of Evans in Columbia County(which is also a stretch).. I can't imagine the people in West Augusta jumping up and down to join with Martinez and especially Grovetown, Harlem, or Appling.. The Carmax area, Village at Riverwatch, Augusta Exchange, Augusta mall, etc are already located in West Augusta. Buffalo Wild Wings(Augusta Exchange), Village at Riverwach(Alexander rd/Riverwatch Pkwy), Electrolux(Washington rd), Raceway gas station(Wrightsboro rd), Crazy Turks Pizza(Washington rd old Fazoli's) Affordable Suites of America(Wheeler rd), 18k sq. ft. Cherry Street shopping center(Washington rd next to California Dreaming, etc have all broken ground. The Bar West martini Lounge recently opened on Walton Way Ext in the Omni, Aqua Salon & Spa, Alley Katz, etc shopping center.

West Augusta clearly wins the diversity battle between the area and Evans.. Whether it's race, gays, etc in the area. The majority of the population living in/around Evans is conservative compared to the larger percentages of democrats/independents in West Augusta...

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Riverman1 08/08/11 - 05:42 pm
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If Evans ever incorporates,

If Evans ever incorporates, it will go all the way to the county line, I'll bet. If the county as a whole incorporates it would of course touch Richmond Cty. West Augusta folks have voted as conserative as Columbia County in the past. They have much more in common with Columbia County than with Augusta. They would be partying in the streets if such a thing ever happened.

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countyman 08/08/11 - 06:04 pm
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The city of Grovetown is far

The city of Grovetown is far from being conservative.. I seriously doubt the people of Martinez would let the entire area be called Evans... The Hill/Summerville/Forest Hills has more in common with Evans compared to West Augusta.. I would argue West Augusta has more in common with the Central Business District compared to Evans.. Both are majority white but not overwhelmingly conservative.

West Augusta has nothing in common with either Appling, Grovetown, or Harlem.. They're all much smaller places with less disposable income.

Hopefully the chronicle will hurry up and display my previous comment..

Riverman1
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Riverman1 08/08/11 - 06:00 pm
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Richmond Cty District 7, West

Richmond Cty District 7, West Augusta, voted overwhelmingly Republican in 2010.

countyman
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countyman 08/08/11 - 06:17 pm
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I bet the percentage is lower

I bet the percentage is lower compared to the Evans area... Compare the 2010 percentage of district 3 and 7 against Evans.. Keep in mind voting republican is diffrent from being conservative.

Can you include the link???

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