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Augusta is on its way to becoming a major hub for cybersecurity in the United States, located at the center of a number of academic, governmental and corporate partnerships that are critical to enhancing the nation’s cyber security, including U.S. Army Cyber Command, the US Army Cyber Center of Excellence and the National Security Agency at Fort Gordon.
With the presence of the Department of Energy National Laboratory, a Center for Hydrogen Research and medical research funding approaching $100 million at Augusta University, we don’t just talk science, we live it every day. Augusta boasts the largest number of doctors per capita of any U.S. city and one of the largest populations of nuclear scientists and engineers in the nation.
Did you know that 90 percent of the world’s golf carts are made in Augusta? Close to 20 percent of our workforce is dedicated to traditional and advanced manufacturing, including sterile environment technology. Whether it’s food products, pharmaceuticals, advanced polymers or even paper production, our list of manufacturing facilities reads like the who’s who of domestic and international powerhouses.
When president Dwight D. Eisenhower retired in 1961, the medical facility located at Fort Gordon was dedicated in his honor as the Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center to serve both active and retired military. Today, Fort Gordon, which is home to the U.S. Army Cyber Center of Excellence and one of only three National Security Agency installations in the world, has a total military and civilian population of 24,000 people. Service members from all branches of the military frequently make Augusta their home after transitioning from military service.
Augusta University (AU), Augusta Technical College, and Paine College boast undergraduate and graduate population that exceeds 16,000 students. With its five colleges, AU serves as the state of Georgia’s only public university dedicated to health professions, including medical, dental medicine, nursing, allied health, and graduate studies. Coupled with outstanding four and two-year programs at AU, Augusta Tech and Paine are able to attract a diverse and bustling student population.
With eight area hospitals and highly skilled care in nearly every specialty, our reputation is widespread for advanced care in pediatrics, stroke, burn treatment, and cancer to name just a few. As a result, Augusta has become a rising-star destination in the Southeast providing access for patients across the region to unique medical frontiers and specialty areas.