Community Resource Studies: Executive Summary & Table of Contents

October 11, 2004

INTRODUCTION

Community resource studies were conducted by the Community Action Group (CAG), a group of volunteers dedicated to the economic growth and stability of Southeast Georgia communities. CAG operates within the framework of The Camden Partnership Inc., a parent organization that supports and funds CAG operations. In August of 2003, a group of dedicated volunteers, businessmen and women, and concerned citizens determined that a dedicated level of effort was needed to develop stronger community ties with the Naval Submarine Base at Kings Bay (NSBKB). Even more important was the need for the Camden community to strengthen its own infrastructure to support future growth and economic diversification within Camden County.

To insure the integrity of the data collected, analyzed, and reported; and to better understand the community’s strengths, weaknesses and resource base, CAG conducted a number of community studies led by subject area experts. The results of this work are described herein from all sources and expanded to increasing levels of detail based on the level of information available. These studies provide information about the quantity and quality of support and services provided by each of the subject areas. The geographic boundaries of these studies include Camden County, the cities of St Marys, Kingsland, and Woodbine. Neighboring counties of Glynn, Charlton and Brantley are a part of the economic boundaries as appropriate. Northeast Florida counties of Howard and Duval were also included in the data collection process where applicable.

Most important is the level and quality of support provided by this collection of communities to our largest employer, the Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay (NSBKB). This support is primarily “outside of the fence” and includes infrastructure(s), physical plant and services. The skilled employee base within Camden County and neighboring communities are economically dependent on NSBKB.

The areas of concentration in conducting community studies are outlined below along with the names of the subject area experts responsible for preparing the reported data and information. A link is included with each on line technical subject area, which provides specific results on the subject area of each. Detailed hard copy data and information beyond the online information is available upon request. The studies paint an “as-is” picture of where the community is today. One objective of this collection of studies is that it will serve all of our stakeholders as a common point of reference.


SECTION I: CAMDEN COUNTY COMMUNITY PROFILE

Geographic Description
Overviews
County, City and Community Profiles
Government
Business/Industry
Education
Healthcare

SECTION II: TRANSPORTATION

Introduction
Roadways
Airports
Railroads
Sea Ports
Public Transportation

SECTION III: MEDICAL SERVICES

Introduction
Hospital Services
Access To Physician Services
Uninsured Population’s Access To Care
Community Services For The Aging Population
Cooperative Military And Civilian Healthcare Programs
Renovation and Expansion Project

SECTION IV: SUITABLE AND AFFORDABLE CHILD CARE FACILITIES

Availability of Quality Child Care Facilities
Pre-Kindergarten Programs
Extended Care Services
Local Catalysts Affecting Childcare
Child Care Providers
Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay
Conclusion

SECTION V: PUBLIC SAFETY, POLICE AND SECURITY

Introduction
Fire and Rescue Services
Office of the Sheriff
St Marys Police Department
Kingsland Police Department
Community Statistics
911 Emergency Communications Center

SECTION VI: WORKFORCE RECRUITMENT AND AVAILABILITY

Introduction
Population
Labor Force Dimensions
Occupations and Industries
Wages
Unemployment

SECTION VII: RECREATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

Introduction
Camden County
Glynn County, Georgia (North of Camden)
Charlton County (West of Camden)
Nassau County, Florida (South of Camden)

SECTION VIII: HIGH TECH INFRASTRUCTURE

Introduction
Background
Community Resources
Backbone Overview
Wireline Voice and Data Infrastructure
Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, TDS provides Expansion Capabilities Network

SECTION IX: RESERVE / MILITARY RECRUITABLE PERSONNEL Reserved Section

SECTION X: EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

Introduction
Special Programs and Courses of Instruction
Post Secondary Programs

SECTION XI: AIRSPACE / AIRPORT DEVELOPMENT

Introduction
Executive Summary
Civilian Operations
Government Operations
Areas of Concentration

SECTION XII: ADEQUACY OF RESOURCES (Water, electricity, etc.)

Introduction
Discussion Topics
Availability of Water
Community Water Use Profile
Electrical Power Resources
Water Treatment Capability
Landfills

SECTION XIII: ECONOMIC IMPACT (To Be Provided By the State Of Georgia)

SECTION XIV: Reserved

SECTION XV: ENVIRONMENTAL

Executive Summary
Introduction
Camden County
Navy Submarine Base Kings Bay
Facility Permits
Demographic Profile
Sources

SECTION XVI: HOUSING AVAILABILITY and AFFORDABILITY

Executive Summary
Assessment