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


  • August 02, 2018 8:00 AM | Samantha Prueter (Administrator)
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  • July 23, 2018 4:00 PM | Samantha Prueter (Administrator)

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

    Duke Energy Selects Hamilton County Location for Site Readiness Program

       

    Hamilton County Development Authority will utilize designation to improve competitiveness.

    Jasper, FL - Today, the Hamilton County Development Authority (HCDA) along with Duke Energy announced the selection of nearly 470 acres in Jennings for inclusion in Duke’s Site Readiness Program. The program is intended to identify, assess, improve, and increase awareness of industrial sites in the Duke Energy service territory.

    “We are thrilled to be working with Duke Energy to increase our community’s competitiveness,” said Susan Ramsey, Executive Director of the HCDA. “Having a strong site is a fundamental element to luring a competitive project that will bring new jobs and capital investment to our community.”

    The site, located near Jennings, consists of 468 upland acres proving I-75 frontage and easy access to I-10 and State Road 143. The site also boasts more than 260,000 people in a 30-minute radius, of which more than 27 percent have an associate degree or higher. It’s strategic positioning along with the talent pipeline make it an ideal site for Duke’s program and manufacturers looking to take advantage of the state’s low tax burden.

    The goal of the program is to increase the inventory of quality industrial sites throughout the territories that Duke Energy serves, and to advance the state of readiness of these sites. It is not a “site certification” process, but rather a program to help local economic development organizations find and prepare potential sites.

    “Workforce development and available talent will attract companies to your community, but without a site or home for their business, those companies are going to go elsewhere,” said Marc Hoenstine, director of economic development, Duke Energy Florida. “Site Readiness walks a community and the land owner through an evaluation of their property, providing recommendations and a vision the community can use to bring companies and jobs to the properties.” 

    To qualify for the Site Readiness Program a site must be a legitimate industrial or data center site (usually 75 or more acres) and Duke Energy must either be the designated electric service provider or at least be able to compete to serve the site. The site can either be a single site for a large facility or a potential industrial park (multi
    tenant site).

    “The Development Authority Board along with local leadership are grateful to Duke Energy for this opportunity to improve our site readiness,” said Nat Combass, Chair of the HCDA. “This is another forward step for Hamilton County’s economic development efforts.”

    Site Readiness Program Fast Facts:

    • Nearly 20 “Site Readiness” sites have been evaluated in Florida through 2017 and five more sites in the state currently being evaluated.
    • There are 154 Duke-served properties identified for potential development through the Florida Strategic Sites Inventory (SSI) Program - a GIS based site discovery program funded by Duke and other economic development partners.
    • There have been 34 major projects won on Site Readiness sites across the Duke Energy footprint creating more than 6,800 new jobs and more than $7.0 billion in capital investment.

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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: http://hamiltoncda.org/.
     


  • July 23, 2018 8:00 AM | Samantha Prueter (Administrator)

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  July 23, 2018
    CONTACT:  Karen L. Williams, Executive Director
                           Hamilton County Chamber of Commerce
                           hamcoc@windstream.net   386-792-1300

    Chamber of Commerce Announces Keynote:  Lisa Mills for Annual Dinner

    Award-winning comedian Lisa Mills announced as Keynote Speaker for 2018 Chamber Dinner

    Jasper, FL— The Hamilton County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors is pleased to announce Lisa Mills as the Keynote Speaker (presented by Lake City Medical Center) for the 2018 Annual Chamber Dinner.  This year’s dinner will be held on September 27th at 6pm at the Hamilton County High School Cafeteria in Jasper, FL. 

    Lisa Mills is an award-winning comedian, motivational speaker, actor and author, specializing in comedy that is 100% hilariously clean.  Her always funny, laser-sharp wit has been featured on the Lifetime Network, NOW Network, Impact Network, Netflix, the Dove Channel, and iHeart Radio. "What a privilege for the local business community to have a resource such as the Hamilton County Chamber of Commerce. I am thrilled to be with them for this year's Annual Chamber Dinner on September 27th, where the top order of business will be lots of laughter!" - Lisa Mills.  Lisa recently released a leadership resource book titled Leadership Learned in a Trailer Park:  Finding the Extraordinary in the Ordinary, in May this year.  Find out more info about Lisa at www.lisamillsspeaks.com.


    “Lisa is down-to-earth and approachable, not to mention hilarious!  I am elated about the opportunity to have Lisa Mills speak at our dinner this year.”  Karen L. Williams, Executive Director, Hamilton County Chamber of Commerce.

    Event ticket sales begin August 1st.  Call Karen at 386-792-1300 or stop by the Chamber Office for more information.  This year we are delighted to be offering something new, the ability to register/purchase tickets on-line!  Visit www.hamiltoncountycoc.org under the Events tab for more information.  There is limited seating, so don’t delay, see Lisa Mills live!  Chamber Member tickets $40, non-member tickets $45, table sponsorship opportunities are available.

    Watch for more details to be released soon regarding entertainment and more!

    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/

  • July 09, 2018 9:00 AM | Samantha Prueter (Administrator)

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  July 9, 2018
    CONTACT:  Karen L. Williams, Executive Director
                           Hamilton County Chamber of Commerce
                           hamcoc@windstream.net   386-792-1300

    Save the Date:  Date Announced for Annual Chamber Dinner

    Hamilton County Chamber of Commerce releases date for this year’s Annual Chamber Dinner

    Jasper, FL— Today, the Hamilton County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors is pleased to announce The Annual Chamber Dinner will be held on September 27th. Venue for this year’s event is the Hamilton County High School Cafeteria in Jasper, FL. 

    Keynote Speaker and other event details are scheduled for future release.   

    “This year’s event will be memorable and unique to any other in years’ past,” Karen L. Williams, Executive Director, Hamilton County Chamber of Commerce.  “We are enthusiastic about the changes we are implementing; new venue, new talent, new chamber.”

    The Chamber Dinner is one of several events hosted throughout the year to promote our members fostering networking among members and non-members alike. 

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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/.


  • June 04, 2018 8:30 AM | Samantha Prueter (Administrator)


    I am very pleased, for our first blog post, to announce our new website is now LIVE!  We have been working hard behind the scenes to make your Chamber experience better for both members and non-members.  One of those facets is the development of a new website; a completely new layout, new look and feel which includes an AWESOME directory option!   The directory is searchable by category, name, organization name or phone number AND includes an avatar (member logo or photo).

    Keep your eyes on us... there's MORE TO COME!

    DREAM - CONNECT - GROW

    Karen L. Williams,

    Executive Director

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