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  "Working together to make a positive difference in the community."  


 A Publication from the Office of the County Administrator - January 2012

In This Issue
A Message from the County Administrator
Rail-Trail project expands through Woodbine
Camden County receives ACCG Award for AED Project
Lisa Boyett named Camden County Government's Employee of the Quarter
Camden County Enacts New Illegal Immigration Law Requirements
Camden County Seeking Two Applicants to Serve on the CRC Aging Services Advisory Council
Georgia-Florida Renewable Energy Expo - March 22, 2012
Georgia Competitiveness Initiative Complete
Public Libary Hosts Recycled Card Program
Egg Candling Class offered April 3rd - Sponsored by Camden County 4-H Poultry Club


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A Message from the County Administrator
Steve L. Howard, County AdministratorHappy New Year!  On Tuesday, January 17th, I presented to the Board a performance review of the County's 5-year Strategic Plan. This presentation outlined quality of life and open government initiatives, as well key accomplishments during 2011.
The County's Strategic Plan has led to many positive changes in the way we operate. The Strategic Plan identifies relevant areas for improvement and creates a dynamic organization that is proactive and flexible thus providing the ability to undertake future challenges.
We are in the final year of the County's adopted strategic plan and have made much progress of reaching many of the goals that were established. It is exciting to see the success we have achieved to date utilizing a team approach!


I look forward to releasing the 2011 Annual Report in February 2012. This report is intended to inform citizens about the accomplishments of your county government over the past year.


I look forward to working with each of you as we continue to move Camden County forward in 2012. 



Yours for a better Camden,


Steve L. Howard, CPM, CPPO
County Administrator  


Rail-Trail project expands through Woodbine

The County's Public Works department began construction in January with the City of Woodbine on their bike trail project, which is the second component of the Georgia Coast Rail-Trail project in Camden County.  This section of the bike path will add an additional 1.5 miles to the trail and is expected to be open by early Spring 2012.  The trail is being constructed along the old railroad bed south of the current trail in Woodbine.  Public Works is able to recover railroad rock from this project which will be used to offset and cover the costs of the County's participation in order to make this a budget neutral event as approved by the Board of County Commissioners.


In June 2010, the first 3.5 miles section opened to the public in White Oak, Georgia. The project was made possible by a public-private partnership between the PATH Foundation, Coastal Georgia Rails-to-Trails, Camden County's Public Work Department, and the Public Service Authority. Camden County and the PATH Foundation were awarded the 2011 Public-Private Partnership of the Year award presented by the Association of County Commissioners of Georgia for the Coastal Georgia Rail-Trail section in White Oak.

Camden County will receive ACCG Award for the "Helping Citizens Save Lives - Andrew Cohn AED Project!"

Stuart Sullivan and Chair David L. Rainer pose with an AED.Camden County was selected as an award recipient for the Seventh Annual Georgia County Excellence Awards program! The county was recognized for its efforts in establishing the "Helping Citizens Save Lives - Andrew Cohn Automatic External Defibrillator Project." The selection committee that nominated Camden County was composed of public and private sector officials as well as individuals who have previously served as local government officials.


The County will be recognized in the March 2012 edition of the Georgia Trend magazine and will be formally recognized during the 2012 Association of County Commissioners of Georgia annual meeting.

Lisa Boyett named Camden County Government's Employee of the Quarter

On Tuesday, January 17, 2012 at the regular scheduled Board of County Commissioner's meeting, Lisa Boyett was recognized as the Employee of the Quarter for the 2nd quarter of Fiscal Year 2012 for Camden County Government. Lisa has been a dedicated employee of Camden County Fire Rescue (CCFR) since February 1999 serving her department as a Firefighter/Paramedic. Her commitment has played an important role in the growth and success of this organization. [Read more] 


The Board of County Commissioners expresses much gratitude for Lisa's efforts and commitment. On behalf of Camden County's Employee Recognition Committee, we'd like to congratulate Lisa on her efforts and for working with a true sense of team spirit, always willing to help fellow workers and the public, and contributing to the effectiveness and efficiency of the County. Congratulations Lisa Boyett!  

Camden County Enacts New Illegal Immigration Law Requirements

During the 2011 legislative session, the Georgia General Assembly passed the Illegal Immigration Reform and Enforcement Act (House Bill 87). Individuals and business owners should be aware of two of these new requirements that took effect on 01/01/2012. [Read on]

Camden County Seeking Two Applicants to Serve on the CRC Aging Services Advisory Council

The Board of County Commissioners is seeking two (2) qualified applicants, age sixty (60) or older, to serve on the Coastal Regional Commission Aging Services Advisory Council. 


 The Coastal Regional Commission Area Agency on Aging provides programs to older adults and caregivers regionally with more than eighteen (18) service providers throughout our nine (9) county region.  


Learn more about the qualifications of this position and how to apply.

Georgia-Florida Renewable Energy Expo to be held March 22, 2012

The second annual Georgia - Florida Renewable Energy Expo(GFREE) is slated for Thursday, March 22, 2012.  The event will be held at the Coastal College of Georgia - Camden Center conveniently located just off of Georgia Exit #6 in Kingsland. The Expo will focus on emerging renewable energies technologies, cost-share programs and practical application of renewables that can be used for increased efficiency and conservation. 


GFREE Event Poster


GFREE Event Registration Form


For more information or to register, please contact (912) 882-8111 or email [email protected].

Georgia Competitiveness Initiative Complete

The Georgia Chamber of Commerce and the Georgia Department of Economic Development release the final report of the Georgia Competitiveness Initiative in January. This report represents the culmination of a strategic, year-long process by the Georgia Department of Economic Development, the Georgia Chamber of Commerce and a 23-member steering committee, and incorporates the input of you and more than 4,000 business leaders from every region of the state.


The report can be found at

Public Library Hosts Recycled Card Program

During January and February, the Camden County Public Library is accepting used greeting card fronts that will be mailed to the St. Jude's Ranch for The Children's Recycled Card Program.  All types of greeting cards will be accepted; however, there is a specific need for birthday and thank you cards currently.  Only the card front can be used. Hallmark, Disney, or American Greeting cards are not accepted.  This event is sponsored by Bennett Automotive Group.


For more information, please contact the Public Libary at (912) 729-3741.

Egg Candling Class offered April 3rd - Sponsored by Camden County 4-H Poultry Club

The Georgia Department of Agriculture's Egg Candling Inspector, Lee Lancaster, will conduct a four hour certification class on April 3, 2012 from 10am to 3pm at the Woodbine City Hall.


The information and training received in the lecture will prepare participants for the written examination as well as the hands-on candling evaluation at the end of the day.


Contact the Camden County Extension Office to register: (912) 576-3219. 

One of our goals is to ensure we are providing the citizens of Camden County information and a better understanding of current issues involving Camden County Government. We hope you enjoyed reading the monthly Community Outreach newsletter and found it informative. We encourage and value your feedback and any input you may have to help us improve it in the future.  

By working together Camden County can continue to be "Georgia's Coastal Community of Choice."

Meet Your Commissioners


Commissioner Chip Keene, District 1     Commissioner Chuck Clark, District 2     Commissioner Jimmy Starline, District 3     Commissioner Gary Blount, District 4     Commissioner David L. Rainer, District 5

     Willis R. Keene, Jr.       Chuck Clark           Jimmy Starline            Gary Blount          David L. Rainer

Our Commitment to You!
Helping to make Camden County the best place to be by preserving and enhancing the history and quality of life while promoting smart growth and providing an efficient, effective and responsive government.
It is the mission of Camden County Government to provide responsive, innovative, and cost effective services, promote smart growth, effectively communicate with the community, improve infrastructure and technology, preserve the health, welfare, safety, and environment while maintaining the outstanding quality of life that makes our county a desirable place to live and work. 
The Board of County Commissioners and employees of Camden County are committed to the following values: Integrity, Respect, Service, Accountability, Teamwork, and Balance