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  • February 22, 2019 9:57 AM | Samantha Prueter (Administrator)

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  February 8, 2019
    CONTACT: Susan Ramsey, Executive Director, Hamilton County Development Authority sramsey@hamiltoncda.org; 386.792.6828


    Hamilton County Development Authority Announces Additional
    $25,000 for Commercial Beautification Grants

    Additional funding will help improve visual appearance of area businesses


    JASPER, FL – Today, the Hamilton County Development Authority (HCDA) announced an additional $25,000 for the Commercial Beautification Micro-Grant Program aimed at improving the visual appearance of businesses in Hamilton County. The micro-grant program will continue to provide matching funds to renovate and improve the visual impact of the properties in the county. This grant is available to all retail, commercial and industrial property owners.

    “We are grateful to be able to continue to provide this funding to local businesses,” said Susan Ramsey, Executive Director of the HCDA. “Local businesses are the backbone of our economy and this allows us to support their growth while also improving our county’s appearance and sense of place.”

    The additional $25,000 in funding is a result of the program’s successful launch last year. Over the course of the program’s first year, 6 grants were awarded to a range of businesses. The funds can be used for improvements such as beautification purposes for such things as exterior painting, new awnings,sign improvements, planting shrubs, flowers, trees, etc. Applications will be available at the HCDA’s office.

    The funding will focus on projects that will visually enhance the county. Ultimately, the goal of the micro-grants is to help stimulate redevelopment and increase property values while providing safe and attractive environments for workers, businesses and the public overall.

    Facts about the Commercial Beautification Micro-Grant Program:

    • The application period will run from today through June 30 with grants awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis until all funds are encumbered.
    • Up to $1,000 is available to any Hamilton County business as a dollar-for-dollar match. Businesses can apply for any amount up to, and including, $1,000.
    • The funds can be used for any exterior beautification including plants, trees, shrubs, exterior paint, exterior doors/windows, awnings, etc.
    • Once the application is approved, businesses have 90 days to complete the project. Grant awards will be distributed after documentation of project completion is provided including before and after photos.
    • If the business leases their property, the property owner must give written approval for most upgrades.

    Important Dates & Details:

    • Applications are available by emailing Susan Ramsey at sramsey@hamiltoncda.org.
    • Applications are currently being accepted.
    • Projects have 90 days to complete work in order to be reimbursed.
    • Application period closes June 30

    The micro-grant program was developed as a result of the HCDA’s Strategic Overview and Marketing Plan developed by VisionFirst Advisors which identified key actions to be implemented to better position the County for greater economic development success and prosperity.
     

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    About Hamilton County Development Authority:
    The Hamilton County Development Authority (HCDA) assists the county’s existing businesses grow while attracting new investments and industry to the community. Through its recruitment efforts the HCDA fosters the growth of higher wage jobs and the quality of place for its residents. The HCDA was formed in 1960 by an act of the state legislature and consists of eight members appointed by the Governor. For more information visit: http://hamiltoncda.org/. 

     

     

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    Jasper, Fl 32052
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  • February 11, 2019 10:05 AM | Samantha Prueter (Administrator)


    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 11, 2019

    CONTACT: Susan Ramsey, Executive Director, Hamilton County Development Authority, sramsey@hamiltoncda.org; 386.792.6828

     

    HCDA Celebrates Inaugural Florida Economic Development Week

    The statewide celebration, taking place February 11-15, aims to highlight economic developers’ contributions to job growth, investment and workforce development.

    Jasper, FL – The Hamilton County Development Authority (HCDA) is participating in the inaugural Florida Economic Development Week, taking place February 11-15. The campaign, hosted by the Florida Economic Development Council (FEDC), highlights the significant contributions that economic development programs and professionals have on Florida communities and families.


    “Every day our community is changing,” said Susan Ramsey, Executive Director of the HCDA. “Economic development programs and initiatives work to ensure that change is positive. Our goal is to leverage our assets to increase job opportunities for our citizens, grow our businesses small and large and improve Hamilton County’s quality of place.”

    In 1960 the HCDA was formed to assist the county’s existing businesses grow while attracting new investments and industry to the community, and those efforts have grown and continued today.

    Learn about the Top 5 ways the HCDA and economic development are contributing to the community’s economy.

    1. Job Creation & Capital Investment: HCDA top goal is to bring new jobs to the community. In 2018, Cultiva Farms USA announced the completion of its new cold storage facility, part of a $10 million project to build a leafy salad crop farm on a 460-acre ranch at Timber Lake in Jennings – the project has created 34 jobs so far.
    2. Talent Development: Together, the HCDA and Hamilton County Schools created the Economic Development and Education Task Force. The goal of the task force is to identify challenges and opportunities to improve educational outcomes and increase the county’s economic vitality.
    3. Small Business Assistance: Last week, the HCDA announced an additional $25,000 in funding for the Commercial Beautification Micro-Grant Program aimed at improving the visual appearance of businesses in Hamilton County – helping existing small businesses.
    4. Increase Competitiveness: Each day, communities are competing for job creation projects. The HCDA is working with Duke Energy in their Site Readiness Program. The program is intended to identify, assess, improve, and increase awareness of industrial sites in the Duke Energy service territory. The HCDA and Duke have identified 470 acres in Jennings as a site for manufacturing.
    5. Improve Quality of Place: Florida’s economy is built on its natural assets and tourism. Partnering with VISIT FLORIDA, the HCDA promotes the Culture, Nature, Heritage and Rural opportunities with Visit Florida  to develop and promote the growing segments of nature-based tourism, cultural heritage tourism and rural heritage tourism, to increase Florida visitors and promote extended stays for greater economic benefit and quality of life for all areas of the state.

    “Economic development in all its various disciplines is vital to Florida’s competitiveness and prosperity,” said Crystal Stiles, director of economic development for Florida Power & Light and chair of the FEDC. “Our goal for Economic Development Week is to raise Floridians’ awareness of the role economic developers play in helping local businesses to grow, bringing high-wage jobs and capital investment to communities across the state, and connecting industry and higher education to make sure that our workforce has the skills today’s employers require.”

    The HCDA and FEDC, along with its 150-member organizations, representing close to 500 practitioners, will celebrate Florida Economic Development Week with proclamations, events, seminars, and social media campaigns. Follow the HCDA on LinkedIn and look for the hashtag #FLEconDevWeek19 to keep up with the latest news and campaigns from around the state.

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    About Hamilton County Development Authority: The Hamilton County Development Authority (HCDA) assists the county’s existing businesses grow while attracting new investments and industry to the community. Through its recruitment efforts the HCDA’s fosters the growth of higher wage jobs and the quality of place for its residents. The HCDA was formed in 1960 by an act of the state legislature and consists of eight members appointed by the Governor. For more information visit: www.hamiltoncda.org.


     

    Copyright © 2019 Hamilton County Development Authority, All rights reserved. 
    You are receiving this email because you expressed an interest in receiving updates from Hamilton County Development Authority or because you have opted in through online communications. 

    Our mailing address is: 
    Hamilton County Development Authority
    1153 US Highway 41, NW
    Suite 4
    Jasper, Fl 32052
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  • December 27, 2018 9:24 AM | Samantha Prueter (Administrator)

    AGAMI MINISTRY RADIO BROADCAST

    Earlene Green, Director, Agape Green Acres Ministry, Inc (AGAMi) is Pleased and Excited to Announce the AGAMi Ministry Radio Broadcast. All broadcasts are live on Facebook and at www.talk1075.com. The first broadcast is Sunday, January 6, 2019, from 9:30 to 9:45 AM. The broadcasts will air the first Sunday of every month! Listen In - topics are varied and we want to share AGAMi’s Growth and Development with the world!

    Best Regards,

    Judge Earlene Green, Retired


  • November 29, 2018 11:03 AM | Samantha Prueter (Administrator)

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  November 26, 2018
    CONTACT: Susan Ramsey, Executive Director, Hamilton County Development Authority sramsey@hamiltoncda.org; 386.792.6828


    Hamilton County Development Authority Executive Director Appointed to Florida Economic Development Council Board

    Susan Ramsey will serve as Regional Director for North Central Florida


    JASPER, FL – Today, the Hamilton County Development Authority (HCDA) announced the appointment of its Executive Director, Susan Ramsey, to the Florida Economic Development Council (FEDC) Board of Directors.  Susan is serving as the North Central Florida Regional Director.

    "It is an honor to serve on the FEDC Board of Directors," said Susan Ramsey, HCDA Executive Director.  "Economic development transcends county and regional lines and by serving on the FEDC Board I am able to advocate for policies and initiatives that benefit all of Florida and its residents."

    Since 1964, the FEDC has promoted economic development throughout the state of Florida.  Today, FEDC is Florida's primary resource for economic development related policy development, education and thought leadership.  More than 500 professionals count on FEDC to educate, advocate and connect on their behalf.

    Susan brings a deep understanding of economic development in rural Florida to the board.  As Executive Director of HCDA, she is responsible for leading and implementing economic development efforts for the county.  Susan has led HCDA for nearly 10 years and during that time has focused on business recruitment, retention as well as community development through such programs as HCDA's Commercial Beautification grants.  The program along with numerous other initiatives, Susan and the HCDA Board have launched, focuses on improving Hamilton County's competitiveness and quality of place.  Throughout her career, Susan has had the opportunity to give back to the community by being involved in a number of organizations and programs.
       

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    About Hamilton County Development Authority:

    The Hamilton County Development Authority (HCDA) assists the county’s existing businesses to grow while attracting new investments and industry to the community. Through its recruitment efforts, the HCDA’s fosters the growth of higher wage jobs and the quality of place for its residents. The HCDA was formed in 1960 by an act of the state legislature and consists of eight members appointed by the Governor. For more information visit: http://hamiltoncda.org/


  • October 30, 2018 9:44 AM | Samantha Prueter (Administrator)

     

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  October 23, 2018
    CONTACT: Susan Ramsey, Executive Director, Hamilton County Development Authority 
    sramsey@hamiltoncda.org; 386.792.6828


    Hamilton County Development Authority Sponsors Weekend Food Backpack Program

    HCDA & Hamilton County Schools Partner to Improve Educational Outcomes

    JASPER, FL – Today, the Hamilton County Development Authority (HCDA) announced the creation of the Weekend Grocery Backpack Program to serve up to 100 students in Hamilton County. The program, which will begin in November, aims to help feed local children who may not have access to food over the weekends.

    “We know that our students represent our talent pipeline and future workforce,” said Susan Ramsey, executive director of the HCDA. “We hope that by having the HCDA sponsoring 100 weekend backpacks we are shining a light on this important issue and taking the first steps to eliminating food insecurity in our community – allowing our students to come to school ready to learn and succeed.”

    Child nutrition programs play a critical role in providing quality nutritious meals to millions of children every day for free or at a reduced cost. When the weekend comes, many children are left hungry and return to school unable to concentrate. This could lead to poor school performance and a variety of behavioral problems. According to Feed America, 21.5 percent of Hamilton County’s population is considered food insecure and more than 70 percent of students are considered economically disadvantaged according to the Florida Department of Education, underscoring the need for the program.

    This initiative came out of the newly formed Economic Development and Education Task Force, a partnership of the HCDA and the Hamilton County Schools. The goal of the task force is to identify challenges and opportunities to improve educational outcomes and increase the county’s economic vitality. The task force includes:

    • Susan Ramsey, Executive Director, HCDA
    • Nat Combass, Chair, HCDA
    • Rex Mitchell, Superintendent, Hamilton County Schools
    • Philip Pinello, Assistant Superintendent, Hamilton County Schools
    • Chris Combass, School Safety Director
    • Ida Daniels, Coordinator, Food and Nutrition Services Department
    • Phyllis Porter, Coordinator, Special Services
    • Betty Linton, Coordinator, Exceptional Student Education
    • Vernon Douglas, School Board Attorney, Hamilton County Schools

     

    “It is very exciting for the Hamilton County School District to partner with the Hamilton County Development Authority to work together to meet the many diverse needs of our students.  We have been meeting as a group to discuss various programs that we can implement that would help improve the quality of education in the district.  In small Districts such as Hamilton County, resources are limited so it is imperative that we work together to pool resources and maximize results” said Superintendent of Schools Rex Mitchell. 

    “In our small community, partnerships are everything,” said Nat Combass, chair of the HCDA. “We have seen that when we come together as a community we can tackle any challenge. Working with our education leaders is critical to improving our community’s economy and long-term outlook.”

    The efforts of the task force extend beyond the HCDA and Hamilton County Schools. The task force is hoping to engage the non-profits, faith-based community and residents for donations to the backpack program. Collection boxes are located in the Courthouse Annex, (HCDA Office) at 1153 US Hwy 41 NW, Suite 4 in Jasper.  Items to be donated include peanut butter, jelly, saltine crackers, granola bars, Jell-O cups, fruit cups in light syrup and 100 percent fruit juice boxes. 

     

    For information on how you can donate supplies for the backpack program, contact Susan Ramsey, Hamilton County Development Authority Executive Director at (386) 792-6828.  

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    About Hamilton County Development Authority:
    The Hamilton County Development Authority (HCDA) assists the county’s existing businesses to grow while attracting new investments and industry to the community. Through its recruitment efforts, the HCDA fosters the growth of higher wage jobs and the quality of place for its residents. The HCDA was formed in 1960 by an act of the state legislature and consists of eight members appointed by the Governor. For more information visit: http://hamiltoncda.org/.


  • October 29, 2018 2:00 PM | Samantha Prueter (Administrator)

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  October 29, 2018
    CONTACT:  Karen L. Williams, Executive Director
                           Hamilton County Chamber of Commerce
                           hamcoc@windstream.net   386-792-1300

    Jennings KOA Celebrates Grand Opening

    Chamber of Commerce holds ribbon cutting ceremony at newly renovated campground

    Jennings, FL— Traditionally, the cutting of a ribbon signifies a fresh start and for businesses, a ribbon cutting is a ceremony that celebrates a major milestone or landmark.  Jennings KOA, formerly Jennings Outdoor Resort located just off I-75 Exit 467 in Jennings, Florida, celebrated their fresh start on Friday, October 26th along with the Hamilton County Chamber of Commerce and Hamilton County Tourism Development Council. 

    Owners Gary and Cathy Reinard, partnering with their son Tom, acquired the property in early June of this year.  Extensive renovations, in a brief four-month period, have given the campground a fresh new look and the campground now meets KOA franchise standards.  The Reinards are experienced park operators and have won multiple awards in the campground industry.  This “power family” has learned to maximize their efforts by utilizing the different skill sets they each possess, working together to revitalize and renovate campgrounds.  Having owned two other campgrounds in their careers prior to Jennings KOA, the Reinards have experience in the successful operation of campgrounds.  “Renovation is what we enjoy most.” -Cathy Reinard.  Mrs. Reinard shared their expansive vision for the area and hopes this is just the beginning of complete revitalization of the entire exit, bringing growth to the Jennings community.

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    About Hamilton County Chamber of Commerce:

    The Hamilton County Chamber of Commerce (HCCOC) exists to promote commercial, economic and social well-being of community and business owners, advocate for community and business owners on issues impacting livelihood, sustaining economic viability, development opportunities and community unity.  For more information visit:  http:/hamiltoncountycoc.org/.


  • October 09, 2018 12:46 PM | Samantha Prueter (Administrator)

    Please join us in welcoming Jennifer Anchors as the executive director of United Way of Suwannee Valley.  

    Jennifer assumed the position of executive director effective October 1.

    She comes to United Way after serving as executive director of Children’s Home Society of Florida Mid Florida Division for 15 years. At Children’s Home Society Anchors was responsible for ensuring the overall vision, mission, and strategies of the organization were consistently implemented and maintained. She also coordinated and executed solutions for day-to-day business, financial, staffing, fundraising, and administrative needs and challenges.

    Children’s Home Society has been an affiliated agency of United Way of Suwannee Valley since the local United Way was established in 1968. The agency has remained an active participant with the United Way.

    Anchors earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in criminal justice and sociology at Mercyhurst College, Erie, Pa., and her Master of Social Work at Barry University School of Social Work, Miami, Fla.


  • September 25, 2018 11:26 AM | Samantha Prueter (Administrator)

                                                                     

    For immediate release: September 21, 2018

    Saint Leo University Named As Best Value in South for 2019 by U.S. News

        Also Named to Best Regional Universities in South, Best for Veterans in South

    ST. LEO, FL – Saint Leo University was named as one of the best regional universities and best values in higher education in the 2019 U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges, which was released Sept. 10. In addition, Saint Leo was named one of the Best Colleges for Veterans.

    The university was No. 14 among Best Value Schools in the South. To determine which colleges and universities offer the best value for students, U.S. News takes into account both academic quality and cost.

    This year, Saint Leo also claimed its spot in the top 50 “Best Regional Universities” and ranked 47th among Southern universities. This rank is up from last year’s rank of 61st among universities in the South. Regional universities offer a full range of undergraduate programs and provide graduate education at the master's level. Saint Leo also offers three doctoral programs.

    To receive a “Best Value School” ranking, U.S. News calculated the university’s academic quality as indicated by its 2019 U.S. News Best Colleges ranking, and the 2017-2018 net cost of attendance for a student who received the average level of need-based financial aid. “The higher the quality of the program and the lower the cost, the better the deal,” U.S. News & Report stated in its listings. “Only schools ranked in or near the top half of their categories are included because U.S. News considers the most significant values to be among colleges that are above average academically.”

    The university also was named one of the Best Colleges for Veterans among regional universities in the South, ranking 31st. Saint Leo has a proud history of educating veterans and military students. Schools named to the list participate in federal initiatives helping veterans and active-duty servicemembers pay for their degrees.

    “Saint Leo University provides a terrific educational value for students of all ages and from all backgrounds, and we are pleased that the U.S. News & World Report’s rankings recognize the quality and excellence offered by the university,” said Dr. Jeffrey D. Senese, university president. “We’re proud of our Catholic heritage and commitment to higher education. These rankings point to our student-centered mission, our caring faculty and staff, and our dedication to student success.”

    For information about Best Colleges 2019, visit https://www.usnews.com/best-colleges

    About Saint Leo University

    Saint Leo University (www.saintleo.edu) is a modern Catholic teaching university that is firmly grounded in the liberal arts tradition and the timeless Benedictine wisdom that seeks balanced growth of mind, body, and spirit. The Saint Leo University of today is a private, nonprofit institution that creates hospitable learning communities wherever students want to be or need to be, whether that is a campus classroom, a web-based environment, an employer’s worksite, a military base, or an office park. Saint Leo welcomes people of all faiths and of no religious affiliation, and encourages learners of all generations. The university is committed to providing educational opportunities to the nation’s armed forces, veterans, and their families. Saint Leo is regionally accredited to award degrees ranging from the associate to the doctorate, and the faculty and staff guide all students to develop their capacities for critical thinking, moral reflection, and lifelong learning and leadership.

    The university remains the faithful steward of the beautiful lakeside University Campus in the Tampa Bay region of Florida, where its founding monks created the first Catholic college in the state in 1889. Serving more than 13,000 students, Saint Leo has expanded to downtown Tampa, to other sites in Florida and beyond, and maintains a physical presence in seven states. The university provides highly respected online learning programs to students nationally and internationally. More than 93,000 alumni reside in all 50 states, in Washington, DC, in three U.S. territories, and in 76 countries.

     

    Media Contact: Mary McCoy, University Writer & Media Relations, mary.mccoy02@saintleo.edu, (352) 588-7118 or cell (813) 610-8416


  • August 12, 2018 5:38 PM | Samantha Prueter (Administrator)

    Click the image below to be directed to article published by The Jasper News on August 11th.

    Photo Courtesy of Sue Lamb


  • August 02, 2018 8:00 PM | Samantha Prueter (Administrator)

    Click the image to be redirected to The Jasper News article authored by Jessie Box.


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