Cyber Center ready to go
Gov. Nathan Deal came to Augusta on Wed. to sign a mid-year budget adjustment with a major impact on Augusta.
After passing both houses of the general assembly, Deal made the first step toward building the $50 million Cyber Innovation and Training Center and Augusta University Cyber Institute with his signature on the budget.
“We can start immediately, and I think that’s the plans,” Deal said. “Eighteen months they tell me is when it will be constructed.”
While Deal felt that Augusta was a “good fit” for the cyber center with its tie to the U.S. Army cyber command headquarters he did say improvements may need to be made to prepare for an influx of employees and students such as transportation and schools.
“The Richmond County School system has some work to do. They have too many chronically failing schools,” Deal said.
He encouraged the school board to make improvements, saying that it will benefit the entire community, not just the cyber center.
In addition to the cyber center, the budget included $36.5 million to bring new businesses to the state of Georgia and give state law enforcement personnel a 20 percent raise, totaling $23.7 million. Overall, $23.4 billion was amended in the fiscal year budget.
“This is a reflection of the priorities we believe our state must continue to put emphasis on,” Deal said.