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International Tech Conference In Garden City Brings Big Boost To Economy

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Any time you're dealing with war and combat, having the best technology available is crucial. And this week, several thousand people are in Augusta here to show theirs off during the TechNet Conference. 

About 1,500 key players are in town, all involved in helping to enhance technology that's used on the battlefield.  At the 3 day conference, speakers will be addressing a broad range of topics and focus on the importance of the network, cyber security issues, and training.  The goal is to help the U.S. Armed Forces to modernize and be ready to meet the challenges of war that may lie ahead.

"The importance of holding this conference here in Augusta is that Fort Gordon is the home of the United States Signal Center," said Brig. Gen. Eric Gladman (Ret.).  "We've got the NSA here, we've got industry leaders here.  Augusta is the second largest city with IT, ranked last year, so it's very important for us here.  This is the state-of-the-art right here, and we have industry here, we have academia here, we have the government here, so this you know AFCEA provides the bridge to do this for us."

The event runs through Thursday, which means over the next 3 days the Garden City's economy will be receiving a nice boost, estimates range around $750,000.

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