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Ribbon-cutting from the Metro Augusta Chamber of Commerce
Forums planned for five seeking Augusta mayor's post

Augusta voters have several more opportunities to get to know the five candidates seeking the mayor's seat May 20.
Battle expected over proposed excise tax

...Bill 386 to help local governments make up for the lost revenue.But last year and again this year, the Metro Augusta Chamber of Commerce, Development Authority of Richmond County and area industries have lobbied vigorously against the city charging...
Commission balances budget with no tax hikes, $4.5 million from savings

Despite a projected shortfall of $7.9 million, Augusta commissioners declined to raise property taxes, or tax manufacturers for the energy they purchase.
Industries oppose new tax; employees want better wages

Augusta commissioners got an earful from area industries and city employees at a first public hearing Tuesday on the proposed 2014 budget.
Augusta Commission approves new designation to avoid 'slum' and target city-owned properties

Augusta commissioners voted 8-0 Tuesday to revamp a proposed designation of nearly 600 acres in the Central Business District as a "slum" in favor of a more limited project with more public input.
Make the most of new GRU

Let us concentrate on further developing the newly named university as a great place for an education.
Former chamber building gets landscape work

City Engineering Department workers removed dead wood and shaped the crowns of several nearby oaks at the former Metro Augusta Chamber of Commerce building Thursday.
Commissioners approve modified 2013 budget

...replace sales taxes lost under a new state exemption for energy used in manufacturing, had been opposed by the Metro Augusta Chamber of Commerce and area factories but was expected to generate $500,000.Even with the exclusions, the budget will...
Metro Augusta ranks second in high-tech job growth

The six-county metro Augusta area ranks second in the U.S. for growth of high-tech jobs over the past five years, according to a study from a group working to shape policy to encourage startups.