Friday, March 18, 2011

JDA hosts tour of more than 30 economic development professionals.



Trident Coast, Camden County, Georgia-

A group of more than thirty economic development professionals from across Georgia made a stop in Camden County on Tuesday, March 15 as part of a two-day red carpet tour of available industrial buildings located in Coastal Georgia. The tour began in Statesboro on Monday and included a stop at each coastal county located along the I-95 corridor. Local Industrial Development Authorities provided information on existing building opportunities available in each county during the tour. Participants included representatives from the Georgia Department of Economic Development, the One Georgia Authority, the Georgia Department of Community Affairs, the Georgia Port Authority, Georgia Power, and other organizations involved in state economic development activities.

David Keating, Executive Director of the Camden County Joint Development Authority showed two buildings in Camden County: 1) a 20,000 square foot cold storage facility located at 56 Harrietts Bluff Road and 2) a 450,000 square foot manufacturing and warehouse facility located at 2431 Osborne Road. These are the only two buildings currently available in Camden County that are in excess of 20,000 square feet.

The buildings toured are unique properties. The property located along Harrietts Bluff Road is a refrigerated warehouse with freezer capability that formerly stored hops for the Budweiser plant in Jacksonville. It is one of only a few cold storage facilities available in coastal Georgia. The other building is the former Gilman Paper Company bag plant located along Highway 40 just east of Spur 40. It is a large manufacturing facility that enjoys heavy duty power, natural gas, rail access, and four interior rail-spurs.

According to David Keating, "It was our sincere pleasure to host this tour of Camden County and we sincerely appreciate the visit by our state and regional colleagues. The Camden County industrial market is not overbuilt like many other markets. Our market is actually under-built and only a few large buildings are available. The two buildings visited are older, special-use properties; but they provide unique cold storage and rail-served opportunities at a good value to customers. We trust the information on available buildings and sites in Camden County, combined with a new awareness of our excellent workforce and strategic location, will assist in promoting opportunities in Georgia."


The Mission of the Joint Development Authority is to promote Camden County to expand and diversify the economy and stimulate the creation of quality employment opportunities to provide a better quality of life for citizens.


Anonymous said...

That has been their mission since they came into existence, but????

Jay Moreno said...

The two immediate predecessors to the current JDA director, David Keating, for all intents and purposes, stole there paychecks. Neither made any genuine effort to do their jonbs.

Unfortunately, that was quite okay with the county commissioners of the time whose real interest was protecting their GOB ancestral Brahmin suppoters who owned local burger joints and such from wage competition from new, major employers with higher entry level pay, while maintaining a $250,000 annual facade of an actual JDA.

David Keating is really trying and I think will have some success once the recovery accelerates.

So far, the county commissioners are not blocking his genuine efforts.

We'll see.