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Pedestrian bridge draws larger crowds to downtown businesses

Business at a downtown pet boutique has increased significantly, thanks to the reopening of the Fifth Street Bridge, according to Phillip Russum. Russum, a trainer at Fetch 501 located at 501 Broad St., which opened in June, said that’s especially true on weekends. “We’re obviously uniquely poised to take advantage of it because it’s right there,” he…

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Area restaurants, hotels, and companies sponsoring the upcoming regional conference

About 25 marketing, real estate, and other business sponsors are pitching in to make the National Community Development Association 2022 Region IV Conference a success on Sept. 13-16 at the Augusta Marriott Convention Center. The conference will focus on community transformation with success stories like the re-gentrification of blighted areas in the Laney Walker corridor. Transforming Lives…

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Simon Says: Leisure and hospitality jobs sluggish, but hotels thrive

Dr. Simon Medcalfe, AU Economics Professor Boosted by the Masters Tournament, employment in the leisure and hospitality sector increased by 500 in April to stand at 27,000 in the Augusta Metropolitan Area. However, this was the lowest April total since 2014. Between 2014 and 2019, employment increased on average by 3,700 jobs between March and April. The…

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Summit on Georgia’s outdoor recreation business opportunities to be held in Augusta

Economic development and improved community health are the goals of the 2022 Georgia Outdoor Recreation and Trail Summit to be held at the Augusta Convention Center on May 15-16. According to the Outdoor Industry Association, 58 percent of Georgians participate in outdoor activities. Georgia’s outdoor recreation generates $27.3 billion in consumer spending and creates 238,000 jobs. The…

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