Jax Black Car Transportation was recently featured in the April 2022 edition of the Chauffeur Driven publication. Click here to learn more and read the digital version of the magazine.
We are incredibly excited to announce the winners of the 2021 Annual Business Awards!
These businesses, organizations, and employees work hard to make our community a better place and the Chamber is honored to have the opportunity to recognize their efforts. We would also like to congratulate all of the 2021 nominees; we are proud to know you and call you members of the Nassau County Chamber of Commerce!
And the winners are...
LARGE BUSINESS OF THE YEAR
The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island
MEDIUM BUSINESS OF THE YEAR
FASTSIGNS of Fernandina Beach
SMALL BUSINESS OF THE YEAR
Amelia Island Bait & Tackle
GREEN BUSINESS OF THE YEAR
Keep Nassau Beautiful, Inc.
BUSINESS LEADER OF THE YEAR
Mike Brooks | First Port City Bank
YOUNG BUSINESS LEADER OF THE YEAR
Krystal Eagle | Digital Village
CUSTOMER SERVICE PROFESSIONAL OF THE YEAR
Linda Crow | Crow Jewelers, Inc.
NONPROFIT BUSINESS OF THE YEAR
Boys & Girls Clubs of Nassau County
CHAMBER AMBASSADOR OF THE YEAR
Apollo Wright | Amelia/Yulee Neighbors
DR. HARRY HALLEY BOWTIE AWARD FOR VOLUNTEER EXCELLENCE
Emily Baumgartner | West Nassau Historical Society
2021 CHAIRMAN'S AWARD
THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS
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Office of the Nassau County Manager
March 22, 2022
3/22/22 @ 8:45 a.m. – Next week, the Board of County Commissioners will host a Groundbreaking Ceremony in celebration of the upcoming construction of Phase One of the Westside Regional Park.
The overall conceptual plan for the park was devised from community input collected from a series of citizen surveys and public outreach event which concluded that residents want a variety of recreational facilities and programs that include far more than youth athletics. The conceptual plan was adopted by the Board of County Commissioners on May 24, 2021.
Phase One of the park will feature a variety of amenities including pavilions throughout the park, outdoor event/green space, community playground with shade, restrooms, multi-use trails, a fishing pond and multi-purpose fields. This vibrant park will serve as a regional destination delivering recreation, leisure, social interaction, and educational opportunities for the entire spectrum of the public.
Please join us on Monday, March 28, 2022 at 3:00 p.m. at the site’s entrance which is located just off U.S. 1, across from Mizell Tract Road, Hilliard, FL. (click here for site map)
If you have any questions, please contact Parks & Recreation Director, Jay Robertson, by phone at (904) 530-6127 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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FERNANDINA BEACH, FL (February 24, 2022) – Boys & Girls Clubs of Nassau County is excited to announce that our services will now be available in Hilliard starting March 1, 2022.
The Club staff have been hard at work developing a pilot program to bring our services to the west side of Nassau County. Thanks to Journey Church, we are able to utilize their West Campus location to bring afterschool programs to children from Hilliard Elementary beginning March 1.
This pilot program will initially be limited to 25 members, and thanks to generous support from the community, those children will be able to attend free-of-charge for this 12-week first phase of the program. The pilot program will run from March 1 through the end of the school year with afterschool programs resuming when the school year begins this fall.
The program will create at least five new employment opportunities in the County and is currently hiring staff to eventually increase our services at this location to approximately 50 children. Offerings at this Club will mirror those of our other two Clubs but will be limited to children ages 6-10 in order address transportation limitations by focusing on just Hilliard Elementary. The goal of the program is to eventually see a permanent Club in the Callahan/Hilliard area.
For more information on or to apply for employment with Boys & Girls Clubs of Nassau County please visit bgcnassau.org.
The Chamber's Annual Awards Dinner & Gala, scheduled for Monday, March 28th, is our biggest and most prestigious event of the entire year.
Chamber members have the unique opportunity to decorate a table at the event, allowing your business or organization to be seen by hundreds of Gala attendees. From pirate-themed tables (complete with treasure, of course) to tables with a candy tower centerpiece that even Willy Wonka would envy, we've seen it all! Signing up to decorate a table is free and only costs what you're willing to put into the decorations. Click below to download a sign up sheet today. Space is extremely limited and tables will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis.
Join the Nassau County Chamber of Commerce on Monday, March 28th for the Annual Awards Dinner & Gala at the Omni Amelia Island Resort Conference Center, located at 39 Beach Lagoon Road in Amelia Island.
The Annual Awards Dinner & Gala is the Chamber's largest and most prestigious event of the entire year. Business and civic leaders throughout Nassau County will celebrate the accomplishments of the local business community in 2021, while also looking forward to the year ahead. Social hour will begin at 5:30 PM, followed by dinner and the awards presentation. A cash bar will also be open throughout the event. Cocktail or business attire is requested.
There are many opportunities available to spotlight your business at the Annual Awards Dinner & Gala, including sponsorship and signing up to decorate a table. Event sponsorship is still available at every level. For more information, please email Stacy@NassauCountyFLChamber.com or call (904) 261-3248.
Advanced payment and registration are required in order to attend this event; CLICK HERE for additional information and to register. No payments or walk-ins will be accepted at the door. For a refund, cancelations must be received no later than March 7, 2022.
2/2/22 @ 1:00 p.m. - At the Wednesday, January 19, 2022 meeting, the Board of County Commissioners approved a new Memorial Bench Program. This program provides Nassau County residents with a way to honor their loved ones and/or individuals who have made an impact on the community. The programs also enhances quality of life by providing additional seating in our parks.
Memorial benches are available for the Bryceville Ballpark, Callahan Ballpark, Goffinsville Park, Hilliard Ballpark, Peters Point Beachfront Park, Wilson Neck Boatramp and the Yulee Sports Complex. The bench that will be used is a recycled plastic, six-foot, portable plank bench with back and a three leg base. The seat and back will be a cedar color with black legs and black engraving.
Attached is the approved Memorial Bench Program Policy containing full details including information about the cost, as well as information about the installation and maintenance of the bench. Any individual wishing to purchase a bench should contact the Parks & Recreation Department at (904) 530-6120 to discuss availability.
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1/20/22 @ 1:45 p.m. - Effective January 19, 2022, every home in the United States is eligible to order four (4) FREE at-home COVID-19 tests from the Federal Government. These rapid antigen at-home tests are shipped within 7-12 days. They can be taken anywhere and results are given within 30 minutes (no lab drop-off necessary). To order your free tests or for additional information, please visit www.covidtests.gov.
If you are sick and need a COVID-19 test now, they are offered for free at the Yulee Health Department BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. Visit www.OneNassau.com to schedule your appointment.
Low or no-cost COVID-19 tests are also available at health centers and select pharmacies nationwide. To find a testing site location near you, contact your health care provider or Department of Health at (904) 875-6100. You can also search online on the Health Department's website.
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You are invited to Nassau County Council on Aging’s (NCCOA’s) Annual Meeting, on Tuesday, January 25, from 11 a.m. – 11:45 a.m., at the newly renovated Westside Senior Life Center, 37002 Ingham Road, in Hilliard.
Join us as we celebrate our 2021 accomplishments and share highlights of our 2022 programs and services. Please RSVP by Jan. 21, 904-261-0701.
Light refreshments will be served; masks are required.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Florida State College at Jacksonville (FSCJ) received a $3,181,791.70 Florida Job Growth Grant from the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) and Enterprise Florida to support the Nassau County Transportation Education Institute. Governor Ron DeSantis and DEO Secretary Dane Eagle visited FSCJ’s Nassau Center on Thursday, December 16, 2021, to announce the grant award which will allow the College to establish a designated truck driving training facility at the Nassau Center.
Although there is a rapidly growing demand for drivers in Nassau County and surrounding areas, until now, there have been no state colleges that offer workforce certification training in Nassau County for these jobs. FSCJ has had a Commercial Vehicle Driving training program at its Cecil Center since 2007, and this grant will help FSCJ expand its offerings and support of workforce needs.
“Thanks to the Governor’s leadership, Florida continues to create and drive economic opportunities geared to advance business and our workforce at a critical time in our history,” said FSCJ District Board of Trustees Chair Mike Bell. “We appreciate Governor DeSantis for recognizing this need and providing the grant support that will help establish this first-of-its-kind workforce training resource right here in Nassau County that will prepare individuals to step into and excel in essential roles.”
By the end of the three-year project period, the goal is that 463 students will have enrolled in training programs and the Nassau County Transportation Education Institute, thanks to the acquisition of enduring equipment and sustained training components. These program graduates will also have a continued return on investment through their economic, workforce and social impact in the community over the next decade.
“Knowing that our area is among the best for logistics infrastructure thanks to our proximity to deep-water ports, major interstates, railroads and an international airport, we are excited to help expand the opportunities and outlook for the logistics and transportation industry,” said College President John Avendano, Ph.D. “With the support of our strategic partnerships across Nassau County and this significant grant, the Nassau County Transportation Education Institute will allow job training and placement opportunities for our students and will boost the economic future of this great community.”
For information on FSCJ’s Commercial Vehicle Driving Career Certificate program, visit fscj.edu/academics/areas-of-study/imc/commercial-vehicle-driving-cc.
Known as “the community’s college,” Florida State College at Jacksonville (FSCJ) exists to provide valuable, high-quality learning opportunities to anyone with the desire to enhance themselves through the pursuit of higher education. Serving more than 45,000 students and awarding nearly 7,000 degrees and certificates on an annual basis, the College plays a significant role in supplying the region’s employers with a highly skilled, educated workforce.
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