Not only does he see robust growth in Augusta from his own company, but one cyber executive also sees the “kindling” in place for startups to emerge and take off and for the tech industry as a whole to grow. Others see steady employment growth as cyber and Fort Gordon expand in coming years.

International company BAE Systems officially opened its office in the Georgia Cyber Center last week, and the company is expecting its presence to expand quickly in the Augusta area. The company has around 400 people working in intelligence analysis and support at Fort Gordon, and it also has a large manufacturing operation in Aiken with about 200 employees, said Peder Jungck, the vice president and general manager for the Intelligence Solutions division.

Growth in the information technology intelligence and security side alone could push that 600 to more than 1,000 by 2021, the company projected. Much of that could come from the Augusta area, Jungck said.

“This is very attractive to source from the local area talent who have got a lot of these cyberskills, whether they be a mix of (those coming from) college, a mix of those coming from the government” or even health care IT, he said. “One of those things that we have been looking for is really where is that we can develop those that are going to help us operate our cloud, operate our artificial intelligence-based analytics of data.”

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