Augusta Business Daily

Tue, November 28, 2023

Annual cyber conference brings big economic boost to CSRA

The 10th Anniversary of the Armed Forces Communications & Electronics Association International’s (AFCEA) TechNet Augusta kicks off today, bringing 5,000 attendees to the Augusta Convention Center at the Marriott. The 4-day cyber-centric conference will generate an estimated $3,990,154 in visitor spending.

“TechNet, which attracts attendees from across the globe, is Augusta’s largest conference and continues to grow and expand,” said Destination Augusta’s Bennish Brown, President & CEO.

Many businesses have directly benefited from this conference and visitor spending. Over the course of their 10 years in Augusta, TechNet has generated $20.8 Million in estimated impact and had over 33,300 attendees. Spending is seen in area hotels, short-term rentals, transportation, local restaurants, and in many small businesses.

TechNet planners and private contractors are committed to using local resources and encourage experiencing local culture as often as possible. 2nd City Distillery has benefited from TechNet Augusta attendees.

“We have been happy to provide custom-labeled gifts for conference goers to take a little piece of Augusta home and share. This helps us showcase our unique capabilities as well as continue to grow our brands outside of the local area as well,” said David Long, 2nd City VP of Operations.

For 10 years, this cyber-centric conference has been meeting in Augusta sharing the latest innovations and technologies in cyber security. The theme of TechNet Augusta 2023 is: “Enabling a Data-Centric Army.”

“Thousands of the brightest minds in cyber security have been visiting Augusta and learning how to improve and perfect their crafts and techniques for a decade now. Fort Gordon’s cyber mission and Cyber Command is a vital asset to Augusta. Not only in attracting visitors, but in developing and implementing the newest efforts in cyber security, “Brown added.

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