Coastal Pines Technical College rolled out plans for a new diploma program during a presentation at the Georgia Marine Workforce Summit last week at Crooked River State Park. Camden area students will have the opportunity in the near future to earn a 40-hour marine engine technology diploma at the college, which also will offer 15- and 17-hour certificate programs for basic marine engine technician and basic marine servicing technician. The program fits into the economic development agenda that the Joint Development Authority hopes will bring more employers and more jobs to the county.
The Camden County Joint Development Authority, City of St. Marys and Two River St. Marys, LLC signed a development agreement for Wharf St. Marys earlier this week. Bruce Benton, President of Two River St. Marys, LLC, is developing the marina concept which will include a marina, boat repair, haul out services, retail, restaurant and residential opportunities. James Coughlin, Executive Director of the Joint Development Authority stated “This is an important day for St. Marys and Camden County. After 15 years of sitting idle, the former site of Camden’s economic engine is poised to be the catalyst of a new era of prosperity.” Mr. Benton’s model creates a marine park that will be a true destination for those travelling by water or highway and one that can be enjoyed and appreciated by locals as well.
Representatives of ABL Space Systems visited Camden this week to scout out properties for future operations in Camden. CEO Harry O'Hanley and CFO Dan Piemont made their second trip to the area after their small rocket company signed a memorandum of understanding with Camden County to explore a future presence at the Spaceport Camden. They are pretty confident that the county's commercial spaceport project - still in the midst of the pre-application phase for a federal launch operators license - will become a reality. "We think it will happen and it will be a beautiful thing." Piemont said during an interview Tuesday at the Tribune & Georgian office in St. Marys. ABL currently employs about 15 people and is based in Los Angeles, where they also have a small research and development facility. The company website lists both Camden and Kodak, Alaska, as potential launch sites.
Governor Nathan Deal on Wednesday signed the 2018-19 budget, which includes funding for a new campus in Camden County for Coastal Pines Technical College. The capital project will be the first classroom building in the county for the college, according to Coastal Pines Technical College President Dr. Glenn Deibert. “We are excited to have an opportunity to have more of a presence in Camden County,” Deibert said. “Camden has been a strong supporter of our college and the residents and business community have been patiently waiting for a campus to provide more technical programs for Camden and the surrounding counties.”
Caraustar manufactures spiral wound, paper core tubes for multiple uses including paper, fabric, film and many other things. Caraustar serves customers in markets throughout the United States with the Woodbine Plant covering an area from Miami to Panama City, Florida and Charleston, South Carolina. Caraustar is headquartered in Austell, Georgia and has plants throughout the United States. The Woodbine Plant was formerly part of Summer Industries which relocated from Nassau County, Florida to Camden County, Georgia.
Camden County's newest manufacturer, Foodie' J, recently started production this month at its factory in Kingsland. Members of the Camden County Chamber of Commerce and the Joint Development Authority toured the production facility last week. They presented owners Xiao Lei Jiang and Weiyi Xu with a certificate welcoming them to the community and declaring Kingsland the "Egg Roll Capital of Georgia."
Camden County Joint Development Authority has approved an incentive offer to a satellite manufacturer that is interested in locating near a spaceport. The deal would offer the company a discounted rate on five-year lease on a building at the Camden County Industrial Park on Harrietts Bluff Road near Interstate Exit 7. The county government is currently seeking a license to develop a commercial spaceport 12 miles away at the east end of that road.
Camden County has been selected as a finalist for a satellite manufacturer seeking to construct a production facility near a spaceport and with convenient access to other spaceport facilities in the eastern U.S.. The company referred to as Project Orbit would bring 100 jobs with an average salary of $85,000 / year. The Joint Development Authority and county officials are working to close the deal with this company while also in negotiations with other manufacturers and space operators.
Business incentives for new and expanding businesses thanks to Camden County's Enterprise Zones, Opportunity Zones and Military Zones. Incentives available for small business start-up projects, relocation, or expansion projects.
The Georgia Department of Education has awarded Camden County High School three top Advanced Placement honors. The school was designated as an AP STEM school, an AP STEM achievement school, and an AP humanities school for offering 19 AP courses to help students explore areas of interest.