AUGUSTA, GA – August 1, 2019 – The Georgia Cyber Center announced today that the Alliance for Fort Gordon (the Alliance) has become the newest resident partner and tenant in the Hull McKnight Building on the Nathan Deal Campus for Innovation.
The primary purpose of the Alliance is to promote, coordinate and advocate for the Fort Gordon Cyber District to stimulate investment in cyber growth and capitalize on opportunities for the benefit of all. The Alliance continues to advocate for Fort Gordon to grow existing missions and take on new missions.
Fort Gordon continues to be one of the largest economic engines in the Greater Augusta region. To support this growth and to modernize the communications and cyber training facilities, about one billion dollars of military construction projects are being proposed through 2025. The Alliance promotes economic development through partnerships capitalizing on the information technology, communications and medical expertise prominent at Fort Gordon.
“For the past 16 years, the Alliance has done a magnificent job forging the strong partnerships needed to make our region better and more secure,” said Eric Toler, Executive Director for the Georgia Cyber Center. “We are thrilled to host the Alliance here at the Georgia Cyber Center and partner with them to collectively foster the relationships between Fort Gordon, other government entities, academia, and the private sector. Working collaboratively with the Alliance will provide benefits that will reach across the region and the state.”
“The Alliance for Fort Gordon collaborates with local, state and federal public partners as well as our private partners in the areas of economic development, academia, cyber security and local commerce,” said Stan Shepherd, Chairman for the Alliance for Fort Gordon. “Relocating our offices to the Georgia Cyber Center exponentially increases our ability to promote Fort Gordon through the increased opportunities to collaborate with government, private industry and academia.”
“The Alliance is beyond excited to re-locate our operations into the world class Georgia Cyber Center and we would also like to thank the Augusta Metro Chamber for housing the Alliance for Fort Gordon for over 16 years,” said Dr. Tom Clark, Executive Director, Alliance for Fort Gordon.
About the Alliance for Fort Gordon
The Alliance was created in March 2003 by a group of community leaders led by Congressman Charlie Norwood as a non-profit organization with the primary mission to create awareness in the community of the threat of base closure and the potential economic impact should Fort Gordon be downsized or closed.
In November 2005, the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) Commission Report became law and Fort Gordon was officially spared any negative impact from this latest round of base realignment and closure. The primary reason Fort Gordon survived was its military value – the ability to efficiently and effectively perform its assigned missions and its potential to support new missions. Other major contributing factors, however, were the strong community support for our service members and their families and the outstanding quality of life enjoyed by area residents.
Fort Gordon continues to be one of the largest economic engines in the Greater Augusta region. In 2013 the addition of new missions and existing mission expansion began unprecedented growth to the installation, increasing the Fort’s work force to over 26,000 in 2016, with the continued addition of over 2,500 more employees projected through 2020. To support this growth and to modernize the communications and cyber training facilities, about one billion dollars of military construction projects are being proposed through 2028.
The Alliance for Fort Gordon’s Vision Statement: “Be the leading organization to establish the Fort Gordon Cyber District of Georgia and South Carolina as a nationally recognized destination for cyber work, life and play by 2020.”
For more information:
Follow the Fort Gordon Cyber District on twitter @CyberDistrictFG
Visit the Alliance website at www.fortgordonalliance.com and sign up for our newsletter.
Visit the new Fort Gordon Cyber District website at www.fortgordoncyberdistrict.com
About the Georgia Cyber Center
The $100 million Georgia Cyber Center is the nation’s single largest investment in a cybersecurity facility by a state government. It is a unique public/private collaboration among academia, state, federal and local government, law enforcement, the U.S. Army and the private sector. With two adjacent buildings totaling 332,000 square feet, the Georgia Cyber Center, located on the Nathan Deal Campus for Innovation, is designed to meet the growing need for cybersecurity talent in Georgia, the nation and across the globe.
The Hull McKnight building is home to certificate, undergraduate and graduate level programs in cybersecurity and cyber sciences offered by Augusta University and Augusta Technical College. The building also features a cutting-edge cyber range, a 390-seat auditorium, an incubator/accelerator to foster innovation and entrepreneurship and classrooms.
The Shaffer MacCartney building serves as a hub for technology startups and includes leasable space available to firms and organizations supporting the state’s cybersecurity ecosystem who can leverage the center’s resources and the convenience of co-location with state, federal and other industry associates. Much of the building is build-to-suit space, which is largely unfinished and will be customized to suit tenants’ specifications.
For more information, please visit the Georgia Cyber Center website, www.gacybercenter.org, or connect via Facebook or Twitter, @GACyberCenter.
Dr. Tom Clark
CSM, US Army, Retired
Executive Director, PMP
CSRA Alliance for Fort Gordon
Director, Office of Outreach and Engagement
Georgia Cyber Center