The city of North Augusta is being recognized on the state level for the work it has done at Riverside Village.
North Augusta has been named the winner of the 2019 Joseph P. Riley Award for Economic Development, according to a post on the city’s website. The award is through the Municipal Association of South Carolina.
“This award recognizes innovation and achievement in economic development by a local government. Importantly, North Augusta’s presentation to the panel of judges demonstrated how the innovative ideas can be used by municipalities throughout South Carolina,” said Mayor Bob Pettit.
Riverside Village is home to SRP Park, the city-owned stadium housing the Augusta GreenJackets, who will soon begin their second season at the stadium. Alongside the stadium are a Crowne Plaza hotel, two apartment communities and the Southbound Smokehouse barbecue restaurant.
Future plans include a taqueria, outfitter, park with 600-seat amphitheater, boutique, condominiums and single-family homes.
“City Council worked for more than five years to structure the public-private partnership development agreement to make the City's riverfront become a vibrant asset to the entire metropolitan area. The results of that effort have made a huge positive impact across the City. That impact is already spreading to restaurants and businesses outside Riverside Village. I expect that benefit to become more pronounced over the coming years. Being named the recipient of the Joseph P. Riley Award validates the decision of City leadership to proceed with the Riverside Village development.”
The city will be recognized at the Municipal Association's annual meeting in July.