Hardie Davis’ rise to service as Mayor of Augusta is a unique story rooted in an abiding faith. Born to Hardie and Delois Davis, Hardie grew up in a Forsyth, Georgia and relocated to Augusta in 1985. His parents instilled within him the values of hard work, respect for his fellow man, and service to others. He is married to Evett of 24 years, and they are the proud parents of Benjamin Joshua Davis.
Hardie holds a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering Degree from Georgia Tech and a Doctor of Ministry Degree from the Christian Life School of Theology in Columbus. He is also the founder and senior pastor of Abundant Life Worship Center in Augusta, Georgia.
Hardie’s career includes 24 years of system, automation, and controls engineering. His public service spans three years as a State Representative and five years as a State Senator. A distinguished lawmaker while in the state legislature, Hardie served as Chairman of the Interstate Cooperation Committee and active member of the Economic Development, Ethics, Finance, and Higher Education Senate Committees. He has been recognized by numerous organizations and constituent groups, including Georgia Bio, The Georgia Chamber and the Georgia Association for Career and Technical Education.
During his tenure as Mayor, Augustans have seen tremendous economic growth and development. In 2015, the local unemployment rate was at 6%. Since then, public and private sector investments have reduced the unemployment rate to less than 4%. Major projects include a $100 million Georgia Cyber Innovation and Training Center, a collaboration with the State of Georgia, City of Augusta and Augusta University. With an investment like this, Augusta has been recognized as one of the seven cities vying to become the cybersecurity capital of the world. The Starbucks manufacturing plant in Augusta doubled in size after a $130 million investment in a plant expansion. In addition to having an impressive economic growth and development, the city has the highest bond rating in its history of Aa2. This was achieved while maintaining a balanced budget with a surplus each year. Mayor Davis has been featured in GeorgiaTrend magazine’s annual list of 100 Most Influential Georgians. Mayor Davis has made a strong commitment to the youth of the community with his efforts around My Brother’s Keeper and the Richmond County School System.
Under the leadership of Mayor Davis, Augusta is a place of opportunity for everyone and has quickly become a place of choice in the State of Georgia and the Nation.