If you have time, please consider donating blood on Wednesday, November 10th. The OneBlood Big Red Bus will be in front of Rayonier, Inc. from 8:30am until 2:00pm.
All donors will receive a OneBlood Blanket and a $10 eGift Card! Plus a wellness checkup including blood pressure, temperature, iron count, pulse and cholesterol screening!
Appointments are suggested but walk-ups are welcome: https://www.oneblood.org/donate-now/donation-centers-list-select-time.stml?driveID=1023526.
Tips to a successful blood donation: Drink plenty of water regularly and 16 oz before your appointment. Also, eat a meal at least 2 hours before your donation; 10 days prior to donation include red meat in your diet (2-3 meals), and be sure to eat broccoli.
After donation: to avoid dizziness no heavy lifting or vigorous exercise the rest of the day, grab a healthy snack, and drink plenty of water.
The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island is currently hiring for various positions including a Sous Chef, Guest Experience Expert, Concierge, Valet, and much more!
To view a full list of available positions and apply, simply visit: https://jobs.marriott.com/marriott/jobs?location=Amelia%20Island,%20FL&woe=7&stretchUnit=MILES&stretch=10&page=1.
Northeast Florida Regional Council Receives National Association of Development Organizations 2021 Impact Award
October 28, 2021
WASHINGTON, DC – The Northeast Florida Regional Council (NEFRC), based in Jacksonville, Florida, has received a 2021 Aliceann Wohlbruck Impact Award from the National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) for the Northeast Florida COVID-19 Support, Recovery & Economic Resilience Planning.
The Northeast Florida Regional Council (NEFRC) responded to impacts caused by COVID-19 through a multi-layered approach to economic resilience and emergency preparedness which included developing a small business resource guide; producing REMI economic forecast reports; supporting more than 700 healthcare members across 18 counties; providing 460 hours of assistance to local emergency management departments; establishing the Northeast Florida Economic Resilience Task Force; and publishing a Northeast Florida COVID-19 Economic Recovery Plan.
The NEFRC was directly responsible for the conceptualization, planning, coordination, and implementation of each of the individual activities included in this multi-layered process. Through dedicated staff roles, established regional programs, and successful regional partnerships, the NEFRC carried out each activity in its entirety. The NEFRC, which also serves as the designated Economic Development District (EDD) for Northeast Florida, was uniquely positioned to carry out the economic activities because of its access to Federal funding made available through the CARES Act. By leveraging this funding to further bolster existing programs and efforts, the NEFRC identified opportunities throughout the pandemic to enhance regional coordination, bring stakeholders from a wide array of backgrounds together, and develop actionable strategies to assist the region on the economic recovery journey that lies ahead.
NADO is a Washington, DC-based membership association of regional development organizations that promote programs and policies that strengthen local governments, communities, and economies through regional cooperation, program delivery, and comprehensive strategies. The association’s Impact Awards program recognizes regional development organizations and their partners for improving the economic and community competitiveness of our nation’s regions and local communities.
Award-winning projects were recognized during NADO’s 2021 Annual Training Conference, held in Portland, OR on October 16-19. The 2021 class of award recipients consists of 102 projects from 70 organizations spanning 24 states. These projects are presented in an interactive “Story Map” developed by NADO that includes project summaries, partners, and images. The Story Map is available online at: https://www.nado.org/2021_impactawards/.
“During the past 20 months, regional development organizations across the country have shown just how valuable they are in supporting the local communities they serve,” said 2019-2021 NADO President Kevin Byrd, executive director of the New River Valley Regional Commission, located in Radford, VA. “From COVID-19 response and recovery initiatives, to workforce and economic development projects, to social services programs and much more, the 2021 NADO Impact Awardees highlight the many ways our members work on the ground every day to improve quality of life in their regions.”
The NADO Impact Awards are presented in honor of the late Aliceann Wohlbruck who was NADO’s first executive director and served 24 years as a tireless champion for regional approaches to economic development in rural communities.
For more information about this award-winning project, contact Kate Haigh at firstname.lastname@example.org or 904-279-0880.
The NEFRC is an independent, regional government agency serving Baker, Clay, Duval, Flagler, Putnam, Nassau and St. Johns counties. It provides a regional perspective toward growth management, economic development, emergency preparedness, resiliency, and community development to enhance the quality of life of Northeast Florida residents. For more information about the Northeast Florida Regional Council, visit www.nefrc.org.
Since 1967 the National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) has provided advocacy, education, networking, and research for the national network of 540 regional development organizations. NADO members provide professional, programmatic, and technical assistance to over 2,300 counties and 15,000 municipalities.
Events will highlight the Agency’s efforts to support the Nation’s Nearly 1.8 million veteran-owned small businesses through its 22 Veterans Business Outreach Centers
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Small Business Administration will celebrate the entrepreneurial spirit and resilience of our veteran small business owners during National Veterans Small Business Week, Nov. 1-5, 2021.
“National Veterans Small Business Week is a time to honor the service and celebrate the impact of our nearly 1.8 million veteran entrepreneurs who are a driving force in our economy, generating approximately $1 trillion annually and employing nearly 4 million people,” said SBA Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman. “The SBA team is committed to providing the capital, marketplace opportunities and supportive network of Veterans Business Outreach Centers so that our veterans and military spouses can continue to do what they do best – face hardships head-on to build, innovate, and adapt their businesses to survive and thrive.”
“Guaranteeing paid leave is a critical part of the effort to improve the economic security of families, support small businesses and increase economic growth. The pandemic has exposed the chronic caregiving crisis faced by working people and employers alike. We cannot emerge from this crisis and remain one of the only countries in the world without some form of national paid leave. As we honor Veteran Small Business Week and continue our efforts to support small business owners, including the more than 330,000 Veteran business owners, now is the time make a bold investment in our nation’s working families,” Senator and Iraq War veteran Tammy Duckworth stated.
Representative and former Army Ranger Jason Crow (CO-6) added, “Our service members have our backs; it’s our responsibility to have their backs, too. That means ensuring veterans have the tools and resources they need to build and run a small business. I’m proud to join in recognizing our veteran small business community this National Veterans Small Business Week as we continue investing in the strength and resiliency of American veterans.”
Throughout the week, the SBA will focus on highlighting various aspects of the veteran small business ownership journey. Hosted by the Office of Veterans Business Development, the week-long event will cover several topics such as transition assistance, entrepreneurial training, government contracting, disaster assistance, and access to capital resources.
SBA district offices, resource partners, and local organizations across the country will host National Veterans Small Business Week activities in hybrid in-person and virtual formats based on the needs of their community. For more information about National Veterans Small Business Week and to find events in your area, visit sba.gov/nvsbw. Sign up for an event and join the online conversation using the hashtag #VetBiz.
The Office of Veterans Business Development works through SBA’s extensive resource partner network, which includes Small Business Development Centers, SCORE, Women’s Business Centers, and 22 Veterans Business Outreach Centers (VBOC) located throughout the nation. VBOCs are also the leading partner in hosting the “Boots to Business” and “Boots to Business Reboot” programs, which offer courses on entrepreneurship on military installations and in local communities. Since the program’s inception in 2013, Boots to Business has trained and graduated more than 143,955 service members, veterans, National Guard and Reserve members, and military spouses. For more information on the resources available for veteran entrepreneurs, visit www.sba.gov/veterans.
Vice-Mayor Len Kreger along with Barnabas Center Inc, community volunteers, and City staff will be hosting a Hispanic Services Fair in the Peck Center Auditorium (510 S. 10th Street) on November 13, 2021 from 1:00-4:00PM.
The goal is to provide resources to our Spanish-speaking population. Booths at the event will include childcare services, banking (including real estate and loans), immigration services, healthcare services (behavioral, dental, and medical), schooling, and more.
This will be a safe space to learn about all our community has to offer.
Feria de servicios hispanos
El Vice Alcalde Len Kreger junto con Barnabas Center Inc, los voluntarios de la comunidad y el personal de la ciudad organizarán una Feria de Servicios Hispanos en el Auditorio del Peck Center (510 S. 10th Street) el 13 de noviembre de 2021 de 1: 00-4: 00PM.
El objetivo es brindar recursos a nuestra población de habla hispana. Los puestos en el evento incluirán servicios de cuidado de niños, banca (incluidos bienes raíces y préstamos), servicios de inmigración, servicios de atención médica (conductuales, dentales y médicos), educación y más.
Este será un espacio seguro para aprender sobre todo lo que nuestra comunidad tiene para ofrecer.
FERNANDINA BEACH, FL – State Senator Aaron Bean, Chair of the Nassau County Legislative Delegation, announces the Organizational Meeting for Wednesday, November 10, 2021 from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. in the Nassau County Commission Chambers. The chamber is located in the James S. Page Governmental Complex at 96135 Nassau Pl., Yulee, Florida.
The purpose of this delegation meeting is to elect the incoming 2021-2022 Delegation Chair and Vice Chair, introduce a local bill and to take public input. Interested citizens wishing to be placed on the agenda for the Wednesday, November 10th public meeting are asked to contact Senator Bean’s Office at 904-757-5039, prior to close of business Monday, November 8, 2021.
All materials or handouts for this meeting should be received by Senator Bean’s Office no later than Monday, November 8, 2021. Information can be mailed to 13453 North Main Street, Suite 301, Jacksonville, FL 32218 or emailed to Dee Alexander at ALEXANDER.DEE@flsenate.gov.
In accordance with the ADA and Chapter 286.26, Florida Statutes, persons in need of special accommodations to participate in the meeting, including agendas, interpreters or assisted listening devices, should contact Representative Byrd’s Office no later than November 3, 2021.
For additional information, contact Dee Alexander, Chief Legislative Aide for Senator Aaron Bean at 904-757-5039 or email at ALEXANDER.DEE@flsenate.gov. All Nassau County Legislative Delegation meetings are open to the public.
The Board of County Commissioners will host a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on Wednesday, November 10, 2021 at 1:30 p.m. in celebration of the re-opening of the newly improved Crawford Rd. The improvements included paving the 6.5 mile-long, two lane dirt road connecting County Road 121 with the existing paved portion of Crawford Road, just west of US 301.
The $6.95 million project is critical to improving mobility, promoting job growth, and attracting industry to western Nassau County. The project is strategically located to become a future industrial and technological epicenter supported logistically by a robust roadway and railway transportation hub. The Board entered into an agreement with the Florida Department of Transportation in March 2014 for Small County Outreach Program (SCOP) grant funding to assist with project costs. The County held a groundbreaking ceremony on November 2, 2020 and has been anxiously awaiting its completion.
District 4 County Commissioner and Chairman of the Board, Thomas Ford, “The paving of Crawford Road was long overdue. I am really excited for the citizens of Western Nassau. This investment not only makes our day-to-day lives better, but it also opens up the opportunity to attract high-wage jobs to our community. This project will benefit the citizens of Nassau for decades to come”.
The Ribbon Cutting will take place at the intersection of the previously paved portion of Crawford Rd. and the newly paved segment, approximately one (1) mile west of US301. The public is welcome to attend. If you have any questions, please contact Engineering Services at (904) 530-6225.
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10/27/21 @ 8:45 a.m. - In case you missed it! The Planning Department will be presenting the SR200/A1A Corridor Plan "Timber to Tides Project" at a community meeting tonight.
In 2019, Nassau County began work on the corridor design study for 11 miles of A1A/SR200 from west of Police Lodge Rd. to the Shave Bridge. The goal of the study was to transform A1A/SR200 into a place that functions not only as a major roadway, but as a place that provides opportunities for living and working, and to create a sense of place in Nassau County based on our community's history, character, and quality of life.
We listened to the community and crafted a plan that incorporates the community's ideas and addresses the issues that are important to you. Now, the Planning Department is seeking the community's thoughts on prioritizing the implementation.
WHEN: Wednesday, October 27, 2021
TIME: 6:00 p.m.
WHERE: FSCJ Nassau-Red Ben Center, 76346 William Burgess Blvd., Yulee, FL 32097
For more information, visit https://www.nassaucountyfl.com/951/SR200A1A-Corridor-Master-Plan-Draft.
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Florida Department of Economic Opportunity Provides Weekly Reemployment Assistance Update - October 26
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Today, the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) issued its weekly Reemployment Assistance updates. Daily updates can be found on the Reemployment Assistance (RA) Claims Dashboard.
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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.
Nassau Habitat for Humanity Reveals Plans at 'Kick-Off Breakfast' - Accepting Homeowner Applications
Nassau Habitat for Humanity
Submitted by Cindy Jacoby
October 26, 2021
On Saturday, October 16, 2021, the Board of Directors of Nassau Habitat for Humanity hosted a kick-off breakfast at the Peck Center for their volunteers, as they are commencing work on their second set of townhomes on Elm and Vernon Streets. About 30 people, including volunteers, board members and our newest Habitat homeowners, enjoyed treats provided by Diane’s Bakery while listening to presentations about the new building plans.
This build marks the beginning of phase two of the “6 on Elm” project, which includes three duplex townhomes, in a partnership with The Weaver Family Foundation and the Jacksonville Jaguars. The latest plans were unveiled at the breakfast.
The volunteers heard from NHFH Board Chair, Al Pertuz and Site Supervisor Gary Ruble who explained the project and answered questions. The audience was introduced to several new Habitat homeowners as well as the homebuyer of the current project.
“There is a renewed energy as we start this build, and we expect a record number of volunteers, donations and homeowner applications,” said Debby Ruble- NHFH Board Member.
Nassau Habitat is currently accepting applications for homeownership. If you would like more information or to find out how to donate or volunteer, please visit our website: https://www.nassauhabitatforhumanity.org/.
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