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While almost everyone in Camden County agrees that we need to bring more jobs to the community, opinions still vary widely on how we accomplish this. During the time we were on the upward slope of Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base’s development, Camden County could afford to get by on its “good looks.” Many businesses opened here between the 1980s and the 2000s. Scores of houses were built because of the thousands of military and civil service personnel attached to the base. But in the last 15 years or so, our workforce has shrunk...
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.
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.”