Friday, February 8, 2013

Augusta's Mayor Shines Optimism

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Augusta lost 6,600 private sector jobs between April 2010 and April 2011, the most in the country's largest 100 cities. Procter & Gamble, one of Augusta’s oldest industries, announced in November 2012 it would move its powdered-detergent operations to Louisiana and eliminate 160 local jobs over the next 12 to 18 months. The contractor in charge of Plant Vogtle’s $14 billion nuclear expansion has initiated a series of layoffs at the Burke County site as January 2013.

Nevertheless, Mayor Deke Copenhaver believes in The Secret, therefore Augusta will be fine.

Mayor Deke Copenhaver in his State of the City speech said: “And my goal has been to put enough on the ground, by the time I leave office, that can't be up rooted by petty politics."

The mayor told the audience the pieces are in place for Augusta to shine, with the merger of the new university (Georgia Regents University-GRU), the expansion of Plant Vogtle, the NSA facility at Fort Gordon and the T- SPLOST, passed in the fall.

“Each one of those things are a game changer individually a game changer for our local economy and we have all of those things going on at once,” he said.

The mayor says the city has issues one being a city government that at times is unable to work together; he says in that case hurts and pointed out the GreenJackets moving to North Augusta.

“I want to use it as an example for our Commission. We are going to get our lunch eaten if we take so long to act on something,” he said.

Instead of looking back the job losses, the Augusta's Mayor always mentions Starbucks with its $172 million production facility being built. The plant is expected to create 140 new jobs in 2014.

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