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Cyber center groundbreaking underscores state's leading role in cybersecurity

June 20, 2017

The state of Georgia strengthened its position as a national leader in cybersecurity when it broke ground June 19, 2017, on the Hull McKnight Georgia Cyber Innovation and Training Center in Augusta. Governor Nathan Deal led the ceremony.

Other dignitaries at the groundbreaking included:

  • Major General John Morrison, Commanding General, U.S. Army Cyber Center of Excellence and Fort Gordon
  • Augusta Mayor Hardie Davis, Jr.
  • Former U.S. Senator Saxby Chambliss

View our gallery of photos from the groundbreaking ceremony.

The 167,000-square-foot center is named in honor of Augusta natives James M. Hull and William D. McKnight. It will promote modernization in cybersecurity technology through education, training, research, and practical applications. The center will enhance cybersecurity in both public and private sectors and serve as an incubator for start-up cybersecurity companies. It will focus on research and development, tapping into the assets of Georgia's research institutions. In addition, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation will operate a cybercrime lab at the center.

Augusta was chosen as the site for the center because of its proximity to Fort Gordon, which is home to the U.S. Army Cyber Command, the U.S. Army Cyber Center of Excellence, and the National Security Agency.

The Georgia Technology Authority is overseeing construction and operation of the center, which is scheduled to open in July 2018. Other partners in the center include:

  • Augusta University
  • City of Augusta
  • U.S. Army Cyber Center of Excellence at Fort Gordon
  • Georgia Bureau of Investigation
  • University System of Georgia
  • Technical College System of Georgia

Mr. Hull is owner and managing principal of Hull Property Group, one of the largest privately owned retail real estate companies in the nation. Mr. McKnight is president and senior project manager of McKnight Construction Co., which has provided construction services in the Southeast since 1929. Both men have impressive records of service to the Augusta community and the state.

M. Arthur Gensler Jr. & Associates, Inc., is the architect for the center, and New South Construction is the general contractor. Jones Lang LaSalle is the construction project manager.