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MAYOR HARDIE DAVIS, JR.

MAYOR HARDIE DAVIS, JR. WELCOME TO AUGUSTA AND THE CENTRAL SAVANNAH RIVER AREA. We are the Cybertech Capital of the South, the home of James Brown, Jessye Norman and the Golf Capitol of the world. Maybe, you’ve decided to relocate here to take advantage of the great schools or the perfect job opportunity. Perhaps, it is because of the moderate climate and the Southern hospitality and charm. Whatever your reason for being here – I’m glad you’ve chosen Augusta! Augusta is home to a strong, healthy and diverse economy. We have a cutting edge technology community that will continue to expand with the growth of the U.S. Army Cyber Command Center of Excellence at Fort Gordon. Roughly 60 percent of all the low-speed vehicles — golf cars, utility vehicles and the occasional Bad Boy Buggy — in the world are manufactured here, and our Starbucks manufacturing facility also has your cup-o-joe ready to go. We are home to Augusta University with its liberal arts programs on the historic Summerville, and the Medical College of Georgia, the state’s premier medical training school for more than 100 years. Augusta University is home to groundbreaking research in all fields of study and the Cancer Center’s innovative approach to research and treatment have made it a leader in the field. There’s more. We have a vibrant arts community, historic landmarks, the Augusta Museum of History and the Lucy C. Laney Museum of History. Drop in at the Sacred Heart Cultural Center. Support local businesses in beautiful downtown Augusta, in the Shoppes at Surrey and throughout the city. This guide will help you to find out more about Augusta and the great things our community has to offer – shopping, dining, schools, children’s activities, nightlife and more. Once you are met with the friendly spirit of Augustans from every corner of the city, you’ll discover that you have found something much more than a new place to live. YOU HAVE FOUND A 6 | THE NEWCOMERS GUIDE: GREATER AUGUSTA

essentials RESOURCES AND UTILITIES GUIDE 10 GREATER AUGUSTA AT A GLANCE 14 AUGUSTA’S STORY 15 AFTER THE MOVE 18 home FINDING YOUR HOME 22 AUGUSTA MARKET WATCH 25 FAMILY-FRIENDLY NEIGHBORHOODS 26 REMODELING THAT PAYS 28 DESIGN TIPS COURTESY OF DECORATORS OUTLET 30 GARDENING CALENDAR 32 NATIVE PLANTS OF THE AUGUSTA AREA 38 RENT YOUR HOME FOR MASTERS 40 family 11 GREAT WAYS TO MEET NEW PEOPLE 42 QUALITY TIME WITH YOUR KIDS 45 KID APPROVED PLACES FOR FUN DINING 48 PET-FRIENDLY PLACES 52 WHAT TO DO IF YOU LOOSE YOUR PET 54 community COLUMBIA COUNTY CHAMER OF COMMERCE 58 FORT GORDON 60 ONLY IN AUGUSTA 64 ARTS AND CULTURE 68 MAKING THE MOST OF MASTERS WEEK 70 THE NEON LIGHTS ARE BRIGHT ON BROAD STREET 75 AUGUSTA BY ANY OTHER NAME 79 HACK AUGUSTA 81 GET ACTIVE OUTSIDE 82 HUNTING AND FISHING 85 www.TheNewcomersGuide.com | 7

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