Many institutions in the Augusta Region are dependent on federal appropriations including Fort Gordon and Savannah River Site. As a result, the Augusta Metro Chamber dedicates itself to advocating on behalf of these institutions to congressional and senatorial leadership to ensure their long-term viability. In addition, the Augusta Metro Chamber monitors federal environmental policy and federal legislation that pose consequences to our business members.
The Savannah River Site is at the core of technology-based employers in the CSRA. This U.S. Department of Energy facility develops and uses technologies to improve the environment and treat nuclear and hazardous waste remaining from the Cold War. With an employment of nearly 12,000 and an annual budget of $2 billion the site is important to the economic stability of our region.
Fort Gordon is a large, globally-engaged, multi-mission, multi-service, military installation providing base services and support across a wide spectrum of training, operational and sustainment needs. It is the largest single employer in Augusta with an estimated annual economic impact of more than $2 billion. As such, it is important that Georgia continue to pursue policy initiatives that make our state, and Fort Gordon in particular, a location that is friendly to our nation’s military, its personnel, and retirees.
The Chamber publicly supported the creation of a direct flight to Washington, DC and advocated heavily for its continuation after the merger of U.S. Airways and American Airlines. The flight's discontinuation leaves the city and some of its biggest employers at a business disadvantage. In addition to the usual needs any community has for access to our nation's capital, Augusta is home to two major Federal facilities, Fort Gordon and the Department of Energy's Savannah River Site. These facilities are supported by numerous private sector companies, of which many regularly require travel to Washington, D.C. The chamber is dedicated to restoring Augusta’s nonstop flight to Washington, D.C., by 2017, when the Army Cyber Command will open a new headquarters on Fort Gordon.
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