New jobs coming to Camden


October 12, 2017
Sheila McNeill, Guest Columnist

New jobs coming to Camden

The 2017 National Defense Authority Act brings good news to Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay and Camden County. Trident Refit Facility had been approved for hiring several hundred employees at least a year ago but the process is long and difficult.

The announcement from Trident Refit Facility (TRF) is good news for everyone.


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Reaching out to military leadership, defense contractors

By Sheila McNeill, President
The Camden Partnership
Op-Ed printed in the April 13, 2017 Tribune & Georgian

What does a trade show in Prince George’s County, Md., have to do with the economic prosperity of Camden County? A great deal.

The Navy League of the United States just hosted its 63rd annual Sea-Air-Space Exposition at National Harbor, outside Washington, D.C.


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Vector to conduct flight test this summer in Camden County

Agreement with Spaceport Camden supports flight test of the Vector-R to further develop technology, launch vehicle design

TUCSON, Ariz., March 28, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Vector, a micro satellite space launch company comprised of new-space and enterprise software industry veterans from SpaceX, Virgin Galactic, McDonnell Douglas, Sea Launch and VMware, today announced an agreement with Spaceport Camden to conduct a sub-orbital flight test of Vector's full-scale launch vehicle, the Vector-R, as


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Proposed Coast Guard cuts a local concern


Proposed Coast Guard cuts a local concern

By GORDON JACKSON, Mar 14, 2017

ST. MARYS — A proposed 14 percent cut to the Coast Guard’s 2018 budget has generated concerns about the future of the Maritime Safety and Security Team in St. Marys.

In 2010, the unit was targeted for elimination to help pay for a proposed $300 million budget cut.


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Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay has economic impact over $1.1 Billion

The Camden Partnership commissions a 2017 impact study

From the latest study commissioned by The Camden Partnership, and prepared by Georgia Southern University’s Bureau of Business Research and Economic Development, Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay (SUBASE) was found to have an overall economic impact of $1.142 Billion.


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Keeping Kings Bay on their minds at fly-ins

By Sheila McNeill
Tribune & Georgian. Februay 2, 2017

Kings Bay remains a critical part of the nation’s nuclear deterrence. With the New START Treaty our submarines will have 70 percent of the nuclear deterrents with the Air Force’s intercontinental ballistic missiles and bombers making up the other 30 percent.

The Georgia House established a BRAC (Base Closure and Realignment) committee a few months ago.


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The Camden Partnership Supports Spaceport Camden County

The following is the text of a letter sent on March 6, 2016, by Partnership President Sheila McNeill to Senator Bruce Thompson, Chairman of the Georgia State Senate Science & Technology Committee, in support of Spaceport Camden County:

Dear Chairman and Committee Members,

The Board of Directors of The Camden Partnership, Camden County’s military support organization, fully supports Spaceport Camden County.


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May 2014 Camden - Kings Bay Joint Land Use Study Now Available

One of the most pressing issues involving military installations and the civilian communities that surround them is incompatible development, which can pose challenges for the continuity and effectiveness of military operations and missions. Collaboration among military installations and local communities is critical to protect military missions, to enhance the health of communities, and to preserve rights of private property owners. A Joint Land Use Study (JLUS) is one way to foster this important collaboration.
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Nation’s first Coast Guard community established in Camden County, Georgia

United States Coast Guard and Community leaders officially designated Camden County, Georgia, as the nation’s first Coast Guard community during a ceremony held in Kingsland on October 26, 2015.

Many towns, municipalities, and cities across the country have been designated as official Coast Guard cities. However, Camden County is the first all-encompassing Coast Guard Community.

The Camden Partnership led the effort to receive this historic designation.


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America's First Coast Guard Community

Please join us for the unveiling of the Georgia Department of Transportation signs designating Camden County as “America's First Coast Guard Community”.

VADM Charles Michel, Vice Commandant of the USCG, and Ann Purcell, Department of Transportation Board Member representing the 1st district, will be joining us. Mrs. Purcell has been instrumental in helping Camden County obtain approval for the official signage.


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"The Future of the Silent Service"

On May 14, 2015, the Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS) hosted a Maritime Security Dialogue with Vice Admiral  Michael J. Connor, USN, Commander, United States Submarine Forces; Commander, Submarine Forces Atlantic; and Commander, Allied Submarine Command, on the U.S. Submarine Forces' future given changing strategic dynamics, rapidly evolving technologies, and budgetary pressures.


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Navy League's 2015 Sea - Air - Space Exposition

The 50th Anniversary edition of the Navy League's Sea - Air - Space Exposition will be held April 13 - 15, 2015, at the Gaylord Convention Center in National Harbor, MD.

The Navy League's Sea-Air-Space Exposition brings the U.S. defense industrial base, private-sector U.S. companies and key military decision makers together for an annual innovative, educational, professional and maritime based event.


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Navy League, others advocate for military team

Click here to read an April 2, 2015, Tribune & Georgian article announcing a new Navy League program titled “America’s Strength — Investing in the Navy-Marine Corps Team,” being chaired by Partnership President and past national Navy League President Sheila McNeil.


2015 DC Fly-In Position Papers

The 2015 DC Fly In took place the week of March 16, 2015. Community leaders from The Camden Partnership and the Camden County Chamber of Commerce flew to Washington, DC, to meet with congressional members and staff, and with high-ranking officials at the Pentagon to promote our community and our legislative agenda.


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Top Leaders Say Ohio Replacement is a Priority

The Partnership’s recent trip to DC and Groton was most educational. The first three days were at the Naval Submarine League’s 32nd Annual Symposium at Falls Church, Virginia where an impressive list of briefers presented information. ADM Rich Mies, USN, Ret opened the session as Chairman of the Board and introduced ADM John Richardson, Director Naval Reactors.


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2nd Annual Kings Bay - Camden Community Golf Classic

The Camden Partnership’s Second Annual Kings Bay - Camden Community Golf Classic was held on Friday, November 14, 2014, at Trident Lakes Golf Club aboard Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay. The tournament was a casual event and kicked off at 7:30 AM with registration and a shot gun starting at 9:00 AM.


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We can support efforts to replace Ohio Class


Sheila McNeill, Guest Columnist
May 20, 2014

Recently, through this community’s support of The Camden Partnership, I was able to attend the Navy League’s annual Sea Air Space expo — the largest maritime exposition in the country.

One of the first panels was with the service chiefs with former chief of naval operations Adm. Vern Clark as moderator.

The current CNO, Adm.


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Camden is first Coast Guard Community


By GORDON JACKSON The Brunswick News
4/26/2014

ST. MARYS -- Five admirals from the Coast Guard and Navy were among the guests at a ceremony Friday to commemorate the designation of Camden County as the nation's first Coast Guard Community.

Numerous cities have been designated Coast Guard cities, but Camden County is the first county to become a Coast Guard Community.


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Camden County celebrates designation as nation's first Coast Guard community


By Terry Dickson Fri, Apr 25, 2014

BRUNSWICK — Camden County celebrated its designation as the nation’s first Coast Guard community Friday.

At a celebratory luncheon at Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base, Sheila McNeill, president of the Camden Partnership, called it incredible to be the first community recognized as Coast Guard friendly in a program designed for cities.


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Camden earns a first in the Nation


County designated a Coast Guard Community

By Gordon Jackson, Brunswick News

ST. MARYS — Camden County has the distinction of being the first county in the nation to be designated a Coast Guard Community.


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2011 Janus Community Assessment

Georgia Power sponsored this community and economic development assessment of Camden County, Georgia and Janus Economics carried out the project. The assessment includes four parts: 1) economic overview; 2) economic development strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats (SWOT) analysis (including incentives review); 3) target industry analysis; and 4) marketing recommendations.


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Seeking recognition as a Coast Guard Community


December 12, 2013

Recently we celebrated the 10th anniversary of the Maritime Safety and Security Team in Camden County. It was a wonderful tribute to our Coast Guard.

It wasn’t that long ago that seeing the Coast Guard uniform in our community was a rarity.


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Group 10 hails McNeill


Local community leader receives honorary award

December 5, 2013
From Commander, Submarine Group 10 Public Affairs

During the Submarine Group 10 Change of Command ceremony Nov. 22, Sheila McNeill received a huge surprise from outgoing commander Rear Adm. Joseph Tofalo.


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Coast Guard saluted


November 28, 2013

Recently we celebrated the 10th anniversary of the Maritime Safety and Security Team in Camden County. It was a wonderful tribute to our Coast Guard.

It wasn’t that long ago that seeing the Coast Guard uniform in our community was a rarity.


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Partnership Hosts Triad Conference

The Camden Partnership hosted the Triad conference November 7 - 8, 2013, at Kings Bay. A nuclear triad refers to a nuclear arsenal which consists of three components, traditionally strategic bombers, intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs), and submarine-launched ballistic missiles (SLBMs). These are located at Kings Bay and Bangor, Washington.


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Team Camden Hosted Camden Connection

Officials from across Georgia gathered in Camden October 30 and 31, 2013, to see what Camden County has to offer. This was an effort to bring in individuals who are now or might be working with our economic development and tourism leadership to learn more about Camden County and Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay.


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Camden plays important part in nuclear deterrence


July 26, 2013

There is a new organization in the country, the Nuclear Deterrent Coalition.

Its purpose is to connect the policy community of Washington, D.C., and others around the country with the people who man the missiles, bombers and submarines.

A defense contractor recommended me to become a part of the coalition, and I recently attended my first meeting as a member.


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Partnership bids farewell to two


July 19, 2013

The Camden Partnership (TCP) recently lost two members from its board of directors. Dr. Valerie Hepburn retired as president of the College of Coastal Georgia, and Lorette Hoover, president of Altamaha Technical College, was reassigned to another service area within Georgia.

Hoover has been actively working to get a technical college campus in Camden County for several years.


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Kings Bay impacts Camden County


May 22, 2013

This is a momentous week for Camden County. We are celebrating 35 years that Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base has been in our community.

What an impact that base and the military, civilian and contracted employees have had on our community.

Those who work at Kings Bay shop in our stores, patronize our medical services, eat in our restaurants and worship in our churches.


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Educators visit Kings Bay's Trident Refit Facility


May 2, 2013

Educators visit Kings Bay’s Trident Refit

Schools stress STEM classes to prepare future workforce


From Youth Apprenticeship, Camden County High School

Trident Refit Facility Commanding Officer Capt. Lawrence Hill and his command hosted nearly 40 educators from 20 southeast Georgia school systems to share the need to increase Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.
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We need to be ready for BRAC


May 3, 2013

President Barack Obama's proposed 2014 budget called for another round of BRAC (Base Closure and Realignment Commission).

With the implementation of mandated sequestration cuts, combined with proposed budget cuts, the military services will be looking for cost savings and many of those can be found in the shore-based infrastructure — in short, closing bases.


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We are all in this together


February 1, 2013

Last night, officials from Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base and representatives from our local governments gathered for an annual “get-to-know-you” reception.Events like these serve to solidify the good working relationship enjoyed between the military and civilian sectors of our community. We are interdependent, and as government resources become more scarce, those relationships are an important key to our joint success.


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Community Forum Hears from Military Leaders

Our October 14, 2012, Community Forum was an opportunity to hear from the top military leadership in Camden County. The Navy, Marines and Coast Guard had some heavy hitters at this the latest in a continuing series of Kings Bay -Camden Community Forums.

In this third year of forums/tours jointly sponsored by Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay and The Camden Partnership the community response was superb.


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The Camden Partnership Continues in New Location

For the past three years, Sheila McNeill has been steering The Camden Partnership (TCP) from an office inthe back of Sheila's Hallmark. The office location made it easier for her to run her store and TCP simultaneously, and the price was right, as there was no cost to the Partnership.


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A Red Letter Day for Camden County

The Camden Partnership’s recent “Community that Cares” event was a rousing success! We had invited ADM Papp almost a year ago and immediately had our first community planning meeting. This community really knows how to pull together when it’s needed! We made plans – everyone had their responsibilities – great ideas were developed and then we waited.


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2012 Washington Fly-In

The schedule for the Chamber's annual Washington Fly-In is always packed and this year was no exception. Chris Daniel did a beautiful job of setting up not only the right people but an organized and quality schedule.

We met with Senator Saxby Chambliss, Senator Johnny Isakson, and Congressman Jack Kingston and their staffs.


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Navy League's 2012 Sea - Air - Space Expo

The State of Georgia Department of Economic Development and representatives from TEAM CAMDEN recently exhibited at the Navy League's SEA AIR SPACE Expo held at the Gaylord Hotel and Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland, right outside of DC.


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President Preserves U.S. Coast Guard Funding

The year-long battle to maintain Cost Guard funding - and keep the 85-member MSST unit in Camden County - saw success in February when President Obama submitted an FY 2011 budget which maintains Coast Guard funding at FY 2010 levels. The President's preliminary budget proposed a 2% reduction, which would have made the Coast Guard the only armed service to face a budget cut.


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