If you have lived in Augusta,GA for any period of time, then you know that Augusta is going through a transformation. A big transformation.
The town has been through change before, this is nothing new. After the American Civil War, for example, the population of Augusta went from 5,000 to 50,000 very quickly. Back then, the influx of people was due to the fact that Augusta was one of the few cities that had escaped relatively unscathed in the South after the war.
Yet another change for Augusta was the introduction of Plant Vogtle. This employer provided jobs for the locals for many decades and helped to build a solid middle class in Augusta.
…And now change has come to Augusta again.
The Digital Transformation Begins
In December of 2013, the Army announced that the Cyber Center of Excellence would be established at Fort Gordon.
This most recent addition is a grand slam for Augusta. I speak with business leaders on a daily basis and the consensus is that this change is well underway. The focus is on how to best leverage the growth.
We are seeing large companies move to town and they are bringing jobs. Most of these new jobs are for individuals who have a special set of skills, and this will grow to accommodate different kinds of jobs as we move through the transformation.
The Digital Transformation Cycle
We are going through a transformation in Augusta. Let’s consider the announcement of the Cyber Center of Excellence in 2013 as the beginning of the transformation. These things have to go in order, you can’t skip any of them and expect this to work to full potential.
- Cyber Education is Established
- Large Companies Move A Small Team To Augusta
- Companies Move Operations To Augusta
- Businesses Are Developed Organically
- Massive Growth In All Areas
As of the writing of this article, we are at the end the very beginning of step 3: Companies Move Large Operations To Augusta.
Digital Grand Slam
We will hit a grand slam when we get all the way through the transformation. This will create massive growth for a whole host of professions that will include:
- Marketing Firms
- Cleaning Services
- Legal Work
- Accounting Work
- Construction Work
- The Hot Dog Stand Guy
Again, the key to all of this growth is leadership and working together. When we make it through the entire transformation, the sky is the limit!
If we get the large businesses which service Fort Gordon to move their entire operations to town, there will be a human capital spin off which will create businesses. Combine this with the talent that Fort Gordon generates every month and the Augusta University graduates, and you have a winning formula. This is the combination that will push Augusta into the future and complete the digital transformation.
Keys To Success
Here is what I think we need to succeed:
- Fortune 1000 Companies
- Georgia Cyber Center
- Venture Capital, Events
- Management Consulting
- Coordinated Government
These are the keys to success in my opinion.
When we make it through the entire digital transformation, we will have more jobs and millionaires than we know what to do with…