$100 million cybersecurity center set to open in Augusta

A grand opening is scheduled Tuesday for a $100 million Georgia cybersecurity center, which officials say is the largest investment by state government in such a facility to date.

The center, which is located on Augusta University’s Riverfront Campus, will include a secure briefing area and an incubator and accelerator to foster innovation and entrepreneurship, university officials said. The center includes two buildings, totaling 332,000 square-feet. Officials will celebrate the opening Tuesday of one of the two buildings, the Hull McKnight Building. Construction of the second building began in January and scheduled to be completed by the end of the year.

More than 40,000 Georgia residents now work in the field, including about 13,000 in the Augusta area, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported in January.

Many of them are code breakers and intelligence analysts who work at nearby Fort Gordon, which is home to a major National Security Agency command.