(AUGUSTA, GA) Mayor Deke Copenhaver met this past week with representatives from Region’s Bank to discuss how the bank might become more involved with the Laney-Walker/Bethlehem Revitalization Initiative. Copenhaver noted that Regions "was very impressed with the progress we’re making as well as very enthusiastic about becoming involved in our local initiative which is becoming a national model for community revitalization."


(AUGUSTA, GA) The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that on average there were 209,900 people employed in the Augusta MSA in 2011, up from the initial estimate of 208,167 – over 1,700 jobs that had not previously been counted. The new figures show employment slowly increasing from 209,200 in 2010 but the increase is spread over a wide range of industries including: manufacturing, trade transportation and utilities, retail, professional and business services, education and health services, leisure and hospitality, other services, and state government.


(AUGUSTA, GA) The Technology Association of Georgia, the state’s leading association dedicated to the promotion and economic advancement of Georgia’s technology industry, now has a chapter in Augusta. "Augusta has a great opportunity to strengthen our local technology sector and move towards a more entrepreneurial-based economy by bringing industry thought leaders together to collaborate on new strategic partnerships, new business models and the potential for local technological innovation," said Mayor Deke Copenhaver.
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(AUGUSTA, GA) The Heritage Pine Neighborhood Association will be meeting on Tuesday, March 27th at 6:00 at the Model Home at the corner of Laney Walker Boulevard and Pine Street.


(AUGUSTA, GA) In honor of Women’s History Month, the Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History is presenting the work of Southern Observatory, a group of female artists working in a variety of media from printmaking to ceramics and painting. Now through March 31.


(AUGUSTA, GA) Augusta State University has been to the nation’s 2012 Guide to Top Military Friendly Colleges and Universities by the Military Advance Education, the Journal for Higher Learning for Today’s Servicemenber. Selected schools had to meet rigorous criteria across the services and have truly earned the designation of "military-friendly." For more information, contact Augusta State University’s Public Relations and Publications office at 706-737-1444


(AUGUSTA, GA) Sponsorship opportunities available for the 2nd Annual Blocks are Beautiful celebration of community, taking place at the heart of the Laney Walker/Bethlehem revitalization area, on Pine Street, Saturday, April 28th. More details to come. 


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