Augusta Innovation Zone Announced for Downtown

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The Johnson Building and old Woolworth’s department store at the corner of Augusta’s 8th and Broad Streets   Photo: Google

AUGUSTA, GA– December 16, 2016– Former Augusta Mayor Deke Copenhaver, along with a group of local businessmen,recently announced the creation of a hub for millennials in the city’s cyber community. The new Augusta Innovation Zone will  be located in the Johnson Building and old Woolworth’s department store that sit on the corner of 8th and Broad Streets in Downtown Augusta.

aiz-logoPlans for the Augusta Innovation Zone include a total remodel of the two buildings with the first floor offering 17,000 square feet for co-working space – plus a test lab for companies like Snapchat and IBM. The rooftop will be transformed into a place to enjoy a new nightlife experience downtown. The Johnson Building will also have retail shops on the 1st floor and high end lofts on the 2nd.

The group behind the project is made up of  local “action leaders” including Deke Copenhaver, John Cates, Virginia Clausen, Tom Patterson, George Claussen and Tommy Wafford. During his term as Mayor, Deke Copenhaver  was instrumental in helping to launch the Greater Augusta chapter of the Technology Association of Georgia (TAG)– the largest state technology trade association in North America.

The project is the latest addition to a growing tech ecosystem in the Augusta region that includes web site designer Powerserve; software developer Rural Sourcing Inc.; Digital signage startup, Mealviewer, the Clubhou.se makerspace and Fortune 1000 company Unisys.  In May, the development, known as The Augusta Cyber Works at Augusta’s historic Sibley Mill was announced and last month, local officials broke ground on the new US Army Cyber Command Center at nearby Fort Gordon.

The first phase of the Augusta Innovation Zone is expected to be complete by Masters Week. The whole project is slated for completion towards the end of 2017.  Learn more at www.augustainnovationzone.com

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