Augusta is located in the east central section of the state, and is approximately 150 miles east of Atlanta on I-20. Augusta is also centrally located just two and a half hours from both beaches and mountains. Nearby Augusta Regional Airport offers easy access to several major transportation hubs throughout the South. Moving around Augusta is easy as traffic congestion is lower than most comparably sized cities.
Augusta was founded in 1736 by General James Edward Oglethorpe and was named in honor of Princess Augusta – the wife of Fredrick, Prince of Wales. Fur was the dominant commodity when Augusta was founded as an Indian trading post in the mid-1700s. Decades later the major commodity in Augusta became cotton. As the Industrial Revolution swept through Augusta in the late 19th century, commerce shifted to textile manufacturing, which dominated commerce until the 1950s, and was the impetus for the construction of the historic Augusta Canal which furnished water power for the textile industry. Since then, Georgia's second-largest city has enjoyed steady growth from a diverse economic base. Today, the metro area is supported by large government facilities including the Department of Energy’s Savannah River Site, Fort Gordon and Georgia’s Health Sciences University in Augusta-the Medical College of Georgia – the area's three largest employers.
The Augusta area has a strong, stable economy, composed of an extensive base of manufacturers, a core of technology-based and healthcare employers and an expanding service sector. The diverse industrial base includes production of medical products, pharmaceuticals, golf carts, chemicals, industrial tools, paper products and textiles, among other products.
Augusta has a rich spiritual heritage as the birthplace of the Southern Baptist Convention and the southern Presbyterian Church. Many churches, synagogues, and other places of worship are representative of Augusta’s diversity in her faith community.
Shopping in Augusta is fantastic and ranges from a multitude of antique stores, to many upscale neighborhood shopping centers such as Surrey Center, to the new Augusta Exchange, Artist’s Row in downtown Augusta, and the Augusta Mall.
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