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The ongoing revitalization of Augusta’s urban core is helping transform the entire region. Keep up with the latest developments here.

Welcome to the new site!

Welcome to the new and improved DDA website. Our goal in rebuilding it was to create an online resource for anyone who is interested in finding out more about what it’s like to live/work/play in downtown Augusta. Of course, we want to do a good job of connecting people who are considering relocating or expanding…

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Downtown Augusta sees 40 new businesses during pandemic year

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WJBF) – While some businesses closed during the pandemic, dozens opened. That was good news for downtown Augusta. Whether it’s something to eat or a sweet treat, some businesses took a risk during a tough time and started a new venture. Continue Reading…

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Augusta Pride returns after pandemic shutdown, economic boost expected again

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WJBF) – Augusta Pride’s celebrations are back next month after the pandemic canceled last year’s events. that cancellation didn’t just put an end to the festivities, it took big money away from the local economy. Continue Reading…

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Parade in downtown Augusta to celebrate local, state championship basketball teams

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) – Officials from the City of Augusta, Richmond County Board of Education and Georgia General Assembly will host a parade this weekend to celebrate the basketball championship wins of three area school. The parade, scheduled for Sunday, will celebrate the championships of the Cross Creek High School Girls and Boys and Josey…

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Augusta University to get $16 million in funding from the state

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) – Big changes could be on the way for our medical community and those across Georgia. Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp flew into Augusta on Tuesday to talk about the recently passed budget. Included in that budget is the new 3+ program. It’s meant to get more doctors into rural areas where they’re…

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University Hospital enters $1B partnership with Piedmont Healthcare

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) – Piedmont Healthcare is announcing a $1 billion partnership with University Hospital. The deal with Piedmont — which has a dozen hospitals from Atlanta to Athens, Columbus and Macon — also includes a $20 million investment in community health benefits over 10 years. Continue Reading…

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Former handkerchief factory renovated into apartment building

DOWNTOWN AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) – Downtown Development Authority members and contractors held a ribbon cutting ceremony Thursday, at the opening of a new apartment building in Downtown Augusta. 12 new apartments are now inside the former shirt and handkerchief factory on Ellis Street. Officials in the community say this is one of many projects to…

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Former downtown Augusta factory renovated into apartment building

General contractor Mark Donahue is a self-described “wood guy,” but he had to become a man of steel for his newest renovation project. The president of Peach Contractors Inc. and several stakeholders in downtown development cut the ribbon Thursday morning officially opening the former Marks Manufacturing Co. at 943 Ellis St. as a dozen one-bedroom…

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Augusta Convention and Visitors Bureau drops name, becomes Destination Augusta

Goodbye, Augusta Convention and Visitors Bureau. Hello, Destination Augusta. Local travel and tourism officials gathered outside the city’s Augusta & Co. tourist information center Thursday afternoon to unveil a new regional brand to coincide with the re-emergence of vacation travel from the COVID-19 pandemic. Continue Reading…

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Augusta travel department renamed Destination Augusta

AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) – The Augusta Convention and Visitors Bureau announced today that it is changing its name to Destination Augusta. “We feel [the new name] truly reflects our focus on marketing for visitors, bringing new business that our attractions and local businesses normally wouldn’t have,” said President and CEO Bennish Brown. Continue Reading…  

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