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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.

Jessye Norman School of the Arts Presents J-Tank, A Family Business Start-Up Experience

The Downtown Development Authority is pleased to partner with the Augusta Partnership for Children, Inc., Augusta Housing Authority, and First Community Bank to sponsor the Jessye Norman School of the Arts’ J-Tank entrepreneur start-up experience! Mentored and coached by some of the community’s best business and thought leaders, including our Board Vice-Chairman, James Heffner, JNSA…

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Augusta riot podcast wins national award

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) – Huge accomplishment for some local students: Jessye Norman School of the Arts just won a national award for a podcast they made on the Augusta Riot. Continue Reading…

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After a year off, Arts in the Heart returns as Arts City Festival

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WJBF) – It’s been a year since the Arts in the Heart festival was canceled due to the pandemic and now in just under a month the popular event looks to make a return, but under a different name. Continue Reading…

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Local program looks to give entrepreneurs a head start

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) – A new program in Augusta will help entrepreneurs get a head start with their businesses. Continue Reading…

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Georgia Cyber Center could add third building as jobs, companies seeing Augusta as destination

AUGUSTA, Ga. (Augusta Chronicle) – What’s five stories tall, has three legs and hasn’t stopped growing? The Georgia Cyber Center. Continue Reading…

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Bee’s Knees, Hive owner discusses life, changes to both downtown Augusta businesses

AUGUSTA, Ga. (Augusta Chronicle) – In 2019, Eric Kinlaw was depressed. When the pandemic struck in 2020, he wasn’t feeling any better. “It was a dark night of the soul,” the owner of The Bee’s Knees restaurant said. “Learned some things about myself. Did some real soul searching and thought about what I really wanted to do, ’cause…

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James Brown music program celebrates 10th anniversary

AUGUSTA, Ga. (Augusta Press) – Deanna Brown Thomas had a few misty-eyed moments Saturday during the 10th anniversary celebration of the James Brown Academy of Musik Pupils. Continue Reading…

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A renovated antebellum house and new apartments aim to bring more housing to downtown Augusta

AUGUSTA, Ga. (Augusta Chronicle) – Developers planning upscale housing on the site of Augusta’s old charter bus terminal are also refurbishing a nearby pre-Civil War house. Continue Reading…

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Augusta | Richmond County: Betting on Augusta

NORCROSS, Ga. (Georgia Trend) – In March 2020, business predictions were grim. “You had all these experts, the National Main Street Center and the Small Business Association, doing nationwide statistics and saying that 30% to 35% of small businesses would not survive the pandemic,” says Margaret Woodard, executive director of Augusta’s Downtown Development Authority. “And…

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Big events returning to help boost local economy: ‘It is great to see lines coming out of doors again’

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) – The pandemic took a big hit on our local economy and the major events we see every year in the CSRA. But now that things slowly get back to normal, those events are back. Even though some of the big ones like Border Bash and the mini Arts in the Heart…

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