AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) - More than 130 Georgia Chamber members and investors attended a Power Lunch at Augusta Technical College Tuesday.
Georgia Rep. Earnest Smith was in attendance and said it's important to connect today for future plans, like the Cyber Center of Excellence at Fort Gordon.
"If we're going to compete in the international realm and be good hosts for the Cyber Center of Fort Gordon, we have to provide an opportunity for them to be able to look at where we are and know there are competitive opportunities," Smith said.
He said being competitive enough will help the economy in more than one way.
"In regards to housing, retail and cooperate initiative, all of these things will be connected along with the Cyber Center," Smith said.
Smith said other opportunities in Augusta will also depend on communication.
"The new STEM high school being at Augusta Tech and the Plant Vogtle initiative going forward, we need to stay connected with all the things going on in Augusta," Smith said.
He said he believes the key to thriving is constant communication between representatives.
"We take this information back to our regions, where some of these people have constituents and people they represent," Smith said. "They can share the excitement and the opportunities that Augusta has."
Mayor Deke Copenhaver was in attendance. The Georgia Chamber President and CEO Chris Clark also spoke to business members of the community.