Deal dedicates second phase for Georgia Cyber Center

Deal dedicates second phase for Georgia Cyber Center

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal cut the ribbon Thursday on the Shaffer MacCartney Building, the second phase of the $100 million Georgia Cyber Center.

On a campus that now bears his name, in a building he pushed for a little more than a year ago, Gov. Nathan Deal dedicated Thursday night the second building at the Georgia Cyber Center in what he hopes will be “a facility that will have longterm generational effects.”

The 165,000-square foot Shaffer MacCartney Building is a mirror image of the Hull McKnight Building that opened in July, and is named for Michael Shaffer, executive vice president for strategic partnerships and economic development at Augusta University and a former aide to Deal, and Teresa MacCartney, the state’s Chief Financial Officer and director of Deal’s Office of Planning and Budget. The two are known more for work behind the scenes than in the spotlight – Shaffer joked that it was his first and last time at a podium – and got emotional as they thanked family members and spoke warmly of their time with Deal, with MacCartney calling it “a labor of love for me” to serve with him.

But rather than a legacy, they see the future in the building that bears their names.

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