Camden County Board of Commissioners
Community Outreach eNewsletter
Working Together to Make a Positive Difference in the Community

A Publication from the Office of the County Administrator - Issue 102-2020

Message from the County Administrator
November is here! This month brings us cooler weather and many opportunities to get involved with our community. The upcoming annual Kingsland Catfish Festival and the 2020 Showcase Camden County Photo Contest are some events residents can participate in this month. The U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program takes place from now until December, so please consider donating to this year's campaign to give Christmas gifts to children in need.

The 2020 General Election is Tuesday, November 3rd, so please remember to stay informed about your voter registration status and your assigned polling location. The Camden County Board of Elections and Registration has been working diligently to help residents exercise their right to vote. Make sure your voice is heard in this election!

We are thrilled to have received the highest form of recognition in government accounting from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for Excellence in Financial Reporting. I am very grateful of our wonderful finance department for their excellent work in handling the County's financial reports.

With the holiday season quickly approaching, please remember to take necessary precautions to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Stay safe and remain healthy. Wishing you a happy November!

Yours for a better Camden,
Steve L. Howard, MPA, ICMA-CM, CPM, CPPO
County Administrator
The General Election is Tuesday, November 3rd
Election day is quickly approaching! To check your registration status, view sample ballots, and find your assigned polling location, visit the Georgia My Voter Page at www.mvp.sos.ga.gov.
Camden County Receives Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting
Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) has awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting to Camden County for its comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR) for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2019. To learn more, please view the Full Press Release (PDF).
Over $1.8 Million Approved for Camden County Road Projects and Equipment
At their recent regular meeting teleconference, the Camden County Board of Commissioners approved over $993,000 in paving and equipment purchases. Included in the paving projects is 0.34 miles of Field Creek Circle in northern Camden County and over 0.9 miles in Plantation Point Phase II subdivision in central Camden County. To learn more, please view the Full Press Release (PDF).
Georgia Southern University Shows Massive Tourism Boom for Spaceport Camden
Camden County and the Center for Business Analytics and Economic Research (CBAER) at Georgia Southern University has released a new study on the economic impact of space tourism on coastal Georgia.

The report estimates that a single launch could attract approximately 4,000-5,000 visitors to the area. CBAER estimates that 38 to 45 jobs connected to tourism and hospitality would be supported long-term by the project as well. CBAER estimates that from Spaceport Camden could increase the gross regional product of southeast Georgia by as much as $1.8 million and increase total business sales by as much as $3.6 million per launch. For more information about Spaceport Camden, visit https://spaceportcamden.us/.

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The Kingsland Bypass Phase I, Target Completion November 2020
The Kingsland Bypass Phase I construction is nearing completion. The 5-mile project carries a construction cost of $41,834,620.29 and will serve as the first part of a hurricane evacuation route for the south-end of Camden County.

There is about 1 to 1 1/2 months of scheduled construction left, so please monitor changing traffic patterns and plan accordingly. Most importantly, always remember to drive carefully in construction zones and be aware of construction workers.

Camden County is fortunate to be partnering with the Georgia Department of Transportation, Seaboard Construction, Atlas Technical Consultants, Southern Concrete, Moye Electric, Moses Grassing, Peek Pavement Markings, TJR Industries, Blybly Concrete, and Norton Irrigation on the transportation project.
U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program
The 2020 Toys For Tots annual toy campaign has arrived. The mission of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year, and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to children with the most need in the community in which the campaign is conducted. 

Toys For Tots donation bins can be located in the Camden County Government Services Complex near the Tax Commissioners office. To learn more, please visit the St. Marys Toys For Tots website.
$34,000 Grant Awarded for Election Services
At their October 6, 2020, regular meeting teleconference, the Camden County Board of Commissioners accepted a grant from the Center for Tech and Civic Life (CTCL) to ensure a safe and secure election as a result of COVID-19. The $34,195.50 in funding will be used for specific administrative costs associated with the election. To learn more, please view the Full Press Release (PDF).
Kingsland Catfish Festival November 21st
Enjoy this down-home festival with crispy southern-fried catfish and all the fixings sure to please! Festival goers can feast on this and much more during Kingsland, Georgia's Annual Catfish Festival. The fun kicks off at 9:00 A.M. and lasts throughout the day, concluding with annual Night Parade. Throw in arts & craft booths, a variety of food booths, antiques and collectibles and there will be something to please everyone in the family! Event activities include live entertainment, a children's amusement area, a 5K Run, arts & craft booths, a variety of food booths, antiques and collectibles and a night parade. Visit www.KingslandCatfishFestival.org for more information. 
Camden County Seeking Applicants for Aging Services Advisory Council
The Camden County Board of County Commissioners is seeking applicants to serve on the Coastal Regional Commission Aging Services Advisory Council to fill one (1) vacancy. The Coastal Regional Commission Area Agency on Aging provides programs to older adults and caregivers regionally with more than 18 service providers throughout our nine county region. To learn more, please view the Full Press Release (PDF).
Camden County Seeking Applicants for Board of Family and Children Services
The Camden County Board of Commissioners is seeking applicants to fill one (1) vacancy on the Camden County Board of Family and Children Services (DFCS). The Board of Family and Children Services play a vital role in helping to make the Division of Family and Children Services’ programs more meaningful to the families and children they are designed to serve. To apply, please visit the online Form Center.
Employment Opportunities
Check out the Employment Opportunities page on the Camden County website to learn more about open positions and apply online.

for more information.
Showcase Camden County Photo Contest Deadline Extended
Camden County citizens are encouraged to enter the 2020 Showcase Camden County Photo Contest. The deadline for the 2020 contest has been extended to Friday, November 20, 2020. To enter the contest, please visit the Camden County Photo Contest page.
November Holiday Closures

Veterans Day:

  • Wednesday, November 11

Thanksgiving Holidays:

  • Thursday, November 26

  • Friday, November 27


Please visit the Calendar for more dates and meeting details.
Residents Encouraged to Utilize Online Services
Camden County residents are urged to utilize online or telephone services when possible due to the continued spread of COVID-19 in our community. Although county office buildings remain open to the public, many staff members are working remotely at this time to ensure proper social distancing.

The Camden County website, www.camdencountyga.gov, has an Online Payments page to assist residents with conducting business online. To learn more about online services, please visit the Camden County Website.
Board of Commissioners:

  • Tuesday, November 17, 2020, 6:00 P.M.

Elections & Registration:

  • Tuesday, November 17, 2020, 3:00 P.M.

Board of Assessors:

  • Thursday, November 5, 2020, 6:00 P.M.

Camden County Planning Commission:

  • Wednesday, November 18, 2020, 6:00 P.M.


Please visit the Calendar for more dates and meeting details.
All Camden County residents are strongly encouraged to sign-up for CodeRED online at www.camdencountyga.gov/codeRED to receive emergency notifications and location-specific severe weather warnings. Notifications may be sent to cell phones or landlines and through email and text. The service is TDD/TTY compatible.
COVID-19 Testing

Anyone who would like to be tested for COVID-19 can get free testing through the Coastal Health District. Even individuals who do not have symptoms can be tested. All testing through public health is free and no insurance information is required. For more information, please visit https://covid19.gachd.org/.
Please Wear Masks and Social Distance
To prevent the spread of COVID-19, please remember to wear your facemasks and social distance when possible. For more information, please visit the Georgia Department of Public Health.
Our Commitment to You
MISSION
Our mission is to deliver defined county services with exceptional customer service and to do so in a financially sustainable and transparent manner.

VISION
Camden County 2035 is the premier coastal community of Georgia-beautiful and safe.

Camden County 2035 gas a strong regional economy and diverse job opportunities with four major pillars:
  • An active Naval Submarine Base;
  • A successful World-Class Spaceport;
  • Sports tourism; and
  • a Technology Corridor.

Camden County 2035 has relaxed living with quality residential developments, and abundant leisure choices for all.

VALUES
The Board of County Commissioners and employees of Camden County are committed to the following values:

  • Integrity, 
  • Respect,
  • Service, 
  • Accountability, 
  • Teamwork, and
  • Balance.


District 1, Commissioner Lannie Brant

District 2, Commissioner Chuck Clark

District 3, Commissioner and Chair, Jimmy Starline

District 4, Commissioner and Vice-Chair, Gary Blount

District 5, Commissioner Ben Casey
Camden County Board of Commissioners
200 East 4th Street
P.O. Box 99
Woodbine, Georgia 31569
(912) 576-5601