Submarine Suppliers Visit Camden

||Submarine Suppliers Visit Camden

Camden County hosted a group of executives representing companies from all over the United States responsible for manufacturing parts for Trident Subs. The event, known as DIVE (Defense Industry Value Excellence), was organized by the Camden Partnership, the Camden County Joint Development Authority, the Camden County Chamber of Commerce, and other community groups. In attendance were also representatives from the Georgia Department of Economic Development, Georgia Power and Georgia Tech Centers of Innovation for Defense and Aerospace. According to Sheila McNeill, President of the Camden Partnership, “One of the goals of the Chief of Naval Operations is to expand and strengthen their network of partners, specifically industry.”

The attendees visited Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base, toured the St. Marys Submarine Museum and enjoyed an evening aboard the Cumberland Princess. They also heard briefings from Navy Leadership, toured a submarine and learned about Camden’s superb workforce development programs including the TRF Apprenticeship program at Coastal Pines Technical College. Chairman of the Authority Mr. Charlie Smith, Jr. noted that, “We are proud of Camden County and love the opportunity to share it with these men and women from all over the country who would otherwise be very unlikely to visit us. From what these people shared with me personally, they intend to return and encourage their colleagues to join them next time.”

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The event, which was completely funded through attendee registration fees and the support of sponsors including Georgia Power, Okefenokee EMC and Navy Federal Credit Union allowed the participants to see up-close and personal how their parts are used by sailors on-board submarines. Camden County Joint Development Authority Executive Director James Coughlin said, “It’s one thing for me to travel to other states and tell people how Camden County and Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base work together to make this a great pace to live and work, but it’s so much better when we have the opportunity to host them here and let them see for themselves.” Mr. Coughlin went on to say that, “This community always shines when we come together to make something like this happen. There were a lot of early mornings and late nights involved with making this event happen but as a result there are around 25 company reps and CEOs flying home tonight who were impressed and can’t wait to come back. That’s the goal.” Bo Causey of the Georgia Department of Economic Development’s GUARD Initiative added, “The GUARD initiative is focused on supporting the defense contractor network across Georgia. Camden’s successful DIVE event is the perfect opportunity to showcase how Georgia’s state and local economic development teams work together to ensure that both our military installations and the businesses that support them have the resources they need for mission success.”

2018-01-15T21:40:51-04:00 October 16th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: |