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County Feature AUGUSTA-RICHMOND COUNTY: Transforming the Future through Investments in Community Development By Noble Sprayberry T diate gains. he 1,794-acre Augusta Corporate Park welcomes the first tenant after nearly 20 years of existence, a big payoff for infrastructure commitment by a community willing to balance long-term investment with imme- The newcomer, a $172 million Starbucks Coffee Co. plant expected to employ 140 people, will produce and package products for the company’s stores. “This will be our first tenant, but what an anchor tenant to have,” Mayor Deke Copenhaver said. With a business such as Starbucks established at the park, luring other companies becomes easier, Copenhaver said. “It’s a mega-site, and big tenants like we have going in there aren’t a dime a dozen,” he said. “To build off the new Starbucks facility gives us a huge advantage from an economic development standpoint.” Asked if some residents questioned the long-term investment in the industrial park, Copenhaver said, “Now, those grumblings have been silenced.” Copenhaver believes success builds upon success, a conviction extending beyond the mayor’s office to economic and civic leaders, and playing out with real-world results in Augusta-Richmond County on the GeorgiaSouth Carolina border. “Nothing exists in a vacuum, and our economic successes are all tied together,” he said. Recent additions include Rockwood Color Pigment and Services’ new plant, which will employ between 80 and 100. In 10 GEORGIA COUNTY GOVERNMENT

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Georgia County Government - November/December 2012

President’s Message
Director’s Desk
Augusta-Richmond County
2013 Legislative Preview
2012 Legislative Service Awards
A First-Hand Look at Governing in Iraq and Afghanistan
Preferred Partner News: How 4G LTE is Changing the Face of County Government
Preferred Partner News: FivePoint’s Suite of Products: Making Georgia Courts More Effi cient
News & Notes
Index of Advertisers

Georgia County Government - November/December 2012