Thursday, May 5, 2016 News 12 NBC 26 at 6 O'Clock
AIKEN COUNTY, S.C. (WRDW/WAGT) -- It's now a part of the growing Augusta cyber hub.
"And we hope that this building, this site, becomes a fundamental component to the cyber initiative in Augusta," James Ainslie said, President of Cape Augusta LLC.
Augusta Cyberworks is the latest cyber project in Augusta. While cyber companies like Unisys flock there, on the other side of the river Aiken County is trying to not let the opportunity pass them by.
"I'm always thinking why, why couldn't we have gotten that and that just makes us work harder," Will Williams, President and CEO of the Economic Development Partnership, said.
Williams says counties are working together and there are more opportunities.
"We've also been working collaboratively with the groups at Fort Gordon that are working on this because based on some of the infrastructure needs out at one of the gates we know the North Augusta and some areas in Aiken County are just as close," Williams said.
Having existing structures is something Williams says made Sibley Mill so attractive. It's something Aiken can take advantage of.
"We have a couple of existing buildings that we're marketing because speed to market is what most companies are after," Williams said.
Bringing in more businesses means more people too. A recent report says the Aiken population is aging faster than the rest of the country. Williams says while businesses help, the county needs to prepare for younger families.
"Columbia County has been very forward thinking in terms of improving their school resources and have built new schools over time," Williams said, "Aiken County is just starting to do some of that work because we know we lost some of those people."
Williams says Aiken County has already received $80 million in manufacturing investments this year.