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According to Channel 12 News, the mayor has stated that another major announcement on the same scale as ADP will be made this Friday which will mean a lot of new jobs for the area.

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Employment in the Augusta-Aiken area increased by 600 jobs, or three-tenths of 1 percent, from 216,300 to 216,900 during February, according to the Georgia Department of Labor.

Speedy Printing Center has merged with Streeter Printing & Graphics Inc. and will relocate its Milledgeville Road operation into Streeter's building at 1467 Broad St. by April 1.

The owner of the Oxford Learning franchise in Chesapeake, Va., has acquired the Evans franchise at 4536 Washington Road, the tutoring chain announced Thursday.

The Augusta Convention and Visitors Bureau will receive $147,000 from the city of Augusta for 27 wayfinding, or directional, signs that are designed to guide visitors to the city. Augusta commissioners on Tuesday approved the funds for "Welcome to Augusta" signs to improve city corridors and gateways and provide uniformity for directional signs countywide. The 27 signs, along with the 17 signs already under construction for downtown attractions and major corridors, will be completed in early April. The entire project is estimated at $240,000.

BAE Systems' Aiken plant will be involved in the manufacture of more than 400 six-wheeled mine-resistant and ambush-protected vehicles for the Army and Marine Corps. Maryland-based BAE Systems Inc. received a $715 million Defense Department contract Wednesday to build 5,000 vehicles to be delivered by the end of the year. A segment of that contract, $234 million, involves the production of a vehicle the company calls its RG33. BAE Systems has 300 employees and 91 contract workers in Aiken. Last year, it leased the former Avondale Distribution Center in Sage Mill Industrial Park to house an expansion to produce engine compartments for mine-resistant vehicles.

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Article on How Augusta is fairing in this economic downturn as compared to other metropolitan areas in GA and the country. We are definitely very fortunate.

"Augusta is among the strongest metropolitan economies in the country."

"Specifically, Augusta is 23rd, according to Business Week, and is the only city in Georgia among the top 40."

Article Link: http://blogs.augusta.com/node/3631

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The city of Augusta was ranked by MSNBC last week in the top 9% of employment growth in the USA and the top 20% in recession recovery.

Development Authority of Richmond County Executive Director Walt Sprouse said in a press release, “The Augusta area continues to put up impressive numbers concerning the local economy. Augusta is (a) the 23rd Strongest Economy in the United States, (b) the 6th Strongest Building Market for Housing in the United States, the 21st Best Housing Market in the United States, (d) 79th out of 392 metro areas in the United States for Economic Health during the nationwide recession, and (e) #36 out of 392 metro areas in the United States for Employment Growth. Our inquiries at the Development Authority are at an all-time high, thanks to these strong economic factors and Augusta’s excellent workforce.”

http://www.nbcaugusta.com/news/local/65983562.html

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