City Centers Represent Heartbeat of Our Communities
In cities throughout our state, our nation and the world, there’s a commonality which can never be ignored…a thriving city center truly represents the heartbeat of a community. Here in Augusta, we are beginning to see the fruits of many decades of our downtown revitalization efforts. Although the progress has come with fits and starts through the years, we’ve now reached a critical mass of redevelopment activity which I believe represents just the tip of the iceberg with regards to what’s to come.
Last year saw the grand opening of the Miller Theater in our downtown, representing a $23 million investment to restore one of Augusta’s most historic community assets. During 2018 the venue hosted 111 events with 175 musical acts taking the stage. All told, the Miller sold 86,000 tickets and brought 71,439 visitors through its doors in its first year in operation after being closed for 30 years. The facility and its iconic marquee now serve as a primary entertainment destination for both visitors and locals alike while generating significant revenues for our local economy.