FEMA’s PER-386 is an introduction to economic recovery planning using a whole community approach, in which the entire community works together in planning for economic recovery.
This free virtual course is designed to increase awareness of how inclusive collaborations with diverse populations can enhance community resilience and safety; and will introduce overarching tools, strategies, and opportunities to engage in the economic recovery planning process through practical application.
Target Audience: Those who have a role in pre/post-disaster economic recovery planning, i.e. economic development districts, business and civic leaders, partner stakeholders, industry associations, large and small private sector representatives, local or regional jurisdictional representatives, and community organizations.
Length of Course: 4.5 participant hours.
Multiple training dates available in July and August - to register click https://per386fema.eventbrite.com
Nassau County Council on Aging Can Help Seniors with Past-Due Electric Bills and Air-Conditioner Needs
Nassau County Council on Aging
Submitted by Liz Dunn
June 24, 2021
If you are 60 years of age or older and a resident of Nassau County, you may receive help with a past-due electric bill through Nassau County Council on Aging (NCCOA) and the Emergency Home Energy Assistance for the Elderly Program (EHEAP). Qualified individuals with a cooling emergency may also be eligible to receive a window AC unit from EHEAP.
EHEAP funds are available to qualified seniors in Nassau County. Funds are based on need, Nassau County residency and other factors that a NCCOA case manager or agency representative will be happy to discuss with applicants. EHEAP is provided through ElderSource and the State of Florida Department of Elder Affairs.
To schedule an appointment, please call NCCOA at 904-261-0701 (Janice Ancrum Senior Life Center in Fernandina Beach) or 904-845-3331 (Westside Senior Life Center in Hilliard).
JACKSONVILLE, Fla., (June 24, 2021) – Meridian Waste, an integrated, non-hazardous solid waste services company, has been voted the Nassau County Record’s Best Trash Company for the second consecutive year.
“Once again, we’ve been voted as the favorite waste management firm by a majority of local newspaper readers, and we couldn’t be prouder,” said Meridian Waste Area President Dave Shepler. “Our team works hard for the community, and it’s wonderful to be recognized for our efforts on the front lines of so many clean and healthy neighborhoods.”
Meridian Waste Florida brings together a team of experts in the environmental services industry comprising 20 to 30 years of professionalism. The full Meridian Waste Florida team of 25 employees is led by:
Meridian Waste Florida provides municipal and open-subscription residential solid waste collection, commercial solid waste collection, recycling, yard waste, bulk waste, and roll-off container rental services. Currently, the Company serves Nassau County and surrounding areas including Yulee, Hilliard, Callahan, and Amelia Island, and commercial services for Duval County. For more information, visit the website at MeridianWaste.com/FL.
The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity Urges Florida Businesses to Prepare for Hurricane Season
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Today, the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) is encouraging all businesses throughout the state to utilize the FloridaDisaster.biz website and other resources to prepare for the 2021 Atlantic Hurricane Season which began on June 1st. FloridaDisaster.biz provides business owners with resources to prepare for potential disasters, critical updates during a disaster in order to stay informed, and post-disaster resources to help Florida’s businesses recover and get Floridians back to work.
“Florida is no stranger to storms, but thanks to Governor DeSantis’ steadfast leadership, our state has the resources to equip Floridians and business owners for any disaster,” said Dane Eagle, Secretary of the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity. “Floridians are resilient, but it is imperative that Florida businesses are able to reopen after a disaster as quickly as possible. FloridaDisaster.biz is an excellent resource for Floridians to prepare, stay informed, and receive disaster-recovery assistance in the event our state is impacted by a storm.”
Taking the steps to build a business disaster continuity plan, as well as encouraging employees to create a family emergency plan, can reduce the financial and physical impact that a disaster can have on any business.
For information about how to create a plan, what to include in a disaster kit, where to find storm updates, and more information, please visit the below resources:
FloridaDisaster.biz is a partnership between DEO and the Florida Division of Emergency Management.
The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity combines the state’s economic, workforce and community development efforts, expediting economic development projects to fuel job creation in competitive communities and promote economic resiliency. For more information, including valuable resources for employers and job seekers, please visit www.FloridaJobs.org.
The State of Florida, Department of Financial Services, Division of Workers’ Compensation offers Free Seminars and Webinars for Florida employers regarding Workers’ Compensation and Workplace Safety.
In addition, the Division of Workers’ Compensation has partnered with OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) and the University of South Florida’s “Safety Florida Consultation Program” to bring valuable safety information to Florida employers.
Free Webinars are also available to Florida employers. The Webinars contain the same information as the classroom settings and are held monthly via your computer and telephone.
Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are available to contractors licensed by the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation: Construction Industry Licensing Board and Electrical Contractors Licensing Board.
Dates & Locations
Please find flyer and registration form below, with the dates and times of the Webinars scheduled for June – December 2021.
To register for any of our events please complete the registration form and email it to me at BOCSeminars@myfloridacfo.com or fax it to (850) 484-5111.
Summer House Realty
June 22, 2021
Summer House Realty donates more than $58,000 to Water Mission, a Charleston, South Carolina based non-profit organization that provides self-sustaining water filtration projects to communities worldwide. Summer House founders Jenny and James Schaffer were intrigued about this non-profit more than 10 years ago and have been blessed to support them through their company since its creation. Summer House is structured so that a portion of the real estate agent’s commissions that come back to the company are earmarked for Water Mission.
Annually, the Summer House team travels to Charleston to learn about the incredible work Water Mission is doing around the world and present Water Mission with their donation check. This year the team made the trip on June 11, 2021, and were honored to donate over $58,000. To date, through the donations from Summer House and doing work locally in Augusta, GA and Amelia Island, FL, 13,700 people were provided access to clean, safe water for the very first time. Water Mission utilized their donations to contribute to sustainable, safe water projects in Nankandulo, Uganda, Mlambala, Malawi, Mtiti, Malawi, Robert, Haiti and Piatre, Haiti.
A cornerstone of Summer House Realty is giving back to the community. Summer House believes that when you work with the mentality that it is not about you, but about others, you will always be successful and have energy and joy knowing that your work goes further. Anyone can start a business, but to create a movement that impacts the world in such a big way is priceless.
FERNANDINA BEACH, FL (June 23, 2021) – Congratulations to our seniors who recently graduated from high school and the Tipping the Scale program through a partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of Nassau and Baptist Medical Center Nassau. Hadeia Liburd will be attending Howard University, Trinady Shields will be attending Florida State College at Jacksonville, and Jackie Rodriguez will be attending Florida A&M University. Our Staff and their Tipping the Scale mentors are so very proud of them for their academic achievements.
Since 2015, the Tipping the Scale (TTS) program has had over 25 students involved and has now awarded 8 scholarships for those seniors who complete the program and desire to attend college. The program has expanded from supporting 8 students each year to now offering space for 16 with plans for future expansion. Students in TTS are also members of Boys & Girls Clubs of Nassau and begin the program in the 9th grade.
The program was created to help students stay in school through mentoring relationships, job-readiness training, and real work experience. One key aspect is that students get to develop their communication, social, and work skills while helping to identify their future goals.
Current 8th and 9th graders who have an interest in the TTS program can find out more by contacting the Miller Freedom Center at 904-261-1075.
For more information on Boys & Girls Clubs of Nassau County please visit bgcnassau.org.
Nassau County, Florida, June 22, 2021. – Keep Florida Beautiful (KFB) recently held its annual Awards Recognition Ceremony to honor the top Florida Affiliates of Keep America Beautiful and community partners for their environmental efforts. It was a virtual experience celebrating businesses and organizations for their efforts to keep Florida clean, green and beautiful! The award winners were instrumental in organizing cleanup events, increasing recycling efforts and hosting beautification projects.
During the virtual event KFB staff members presented awards in 12 categories. They recognized local Nassau County affiliate Keep Nassau Beautiful for its outstanding results in promoting the Florida Department of Transportation Adopt-A-Highway program. Jules Ruppel, Program Manager for KNB, championed the initiatives which led to KNB being recognized in the category. Jules set an annual goal to on-board new Adopt partners, encouraged Board of Directors members to participate in the Adopt program, led the creation of tools to support new and existing Adopt partners, and kept KNB and its Adopt partners focused on lending a hand to keep roadways, waterways and places in Nassau County litter free.
For information and to get involved: www.KeepNassauBeautiful.org or 261-0165.
Barnabas Center Announces Retirement of its CEO, Wanda Lanier and Appointment of New President & CEO
The Barnabas Center Board of Directors announces the planned retirement of its long time President & CEO, Wanda Lanier, effective June 25, 2021. Ms. Lanier has overseen the growth and success of Barnabas over the past 11 years, during which time Barnabas has significantly expanded its services throughout Nassau county, and earned numerous awards for service excellence and the Charity Navigator coveted 4-star highest rating for 14 consecutive years for it’s strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency. After a months-long search process, the Board of Directors has appointed Jamie Reynolds as the nonprofit agency’s new President & CEO to succeed Ms. Lanier on June 25.
Ms. Reynolds brings more than 24 years of progressive executive and operational experience with nonprofit organizations. For the past five years, she has served as the CEO of Sisu Integrated Early Learning in Gainesville, Georgia. Sisu serves 157 students from 13 counties and is committed to helping every child reach his or her potential. In addition to sharing a mission with elements similar to Barnabas, Sisu offers a program model with wrap-a-round services, works with large numbers of partners and volunteers, and serves a diverse community.
Before joining Sisu, Ms. Reynolds served as Director of Marketing and Communications and subsequently the Director of Development and Marketing at Lakeview Academy in Gainesville. She was the co-founder of Wyngate Drive Creative Communications in Gainesville, and was founder of JGR, a consumer product business. Ms. Reynolds earned a BS in nursing from Georgetown University and worked as a registered nurse for the first several years of her career.
Barnabas Board Chair, Andrea Hoffman, states “in addition to her administrative strengths, Jamie is passionate about the Barnabas mission. She is data-driven, results-oriented and able to lead in challenging times. The Barnabas Board is confident that Jamie is a good fit for Barnabas and will quickly win the trust of our communities at large”.
For more information about Barnabas Center, call (904) 261-7000.
City of Fernandina Beach
June 22, 2021
We want your input to shape the future of our community. Over the next several months, the City of Fernandina Beach, in partnership with WGI consultants, will conduct outreach efforts and data collection to create the City’s 2045 Vision Plan. This plan will direct long-range action to guide city programs, future planning studies, and establish funding priorities.
Join us June 23, at 5:00 pm in Central Park for a workshop. The event is open to ALL. Food trucks on site: Sunshine Grindz, Indulge, and Kona Ice!
Can’t make the event? Please check out the City’s website for survey links and more information: http://www.fbfl.us/1032/Vision-2045
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