Governor Nathan Deal unveiled his last statewide budget on Thursday with over $1billion borrowing package for new college buildings, K-12 schools, and roads. The Governor’s eight-year term ends January 2019.

In the $1 billion package, is a line item for $17,795,000 for the construction of the Camden Campus of Coastal Pines Technical College in Kingsland (page. 294 of FY2019 Budget).

Screenshot of page 294 of Gov. Deal’s FY2019 budget.

Additionally, the County and all three cities committed funds to the building of the road for the proposed Coastal Pines Technical College Camden Campus. The funding for the construction of the technical college is based on a local commitment to infrastructure such as roads for the funding to be placed in Governor Deal’s FY 2019 budget.

The County and the three cities had to commit funding for road construction before the TCSG commissioner would propose the construction funding for the Camden Campus. The County committed  $246,224.30, Kingsland has committed $244,892.83, and Woodbine is expected to invest $21,684.98. The financial commitments for each municipality are based on population. The college is expected to be built behind an area off Maycreek Dr. near the LaQuinta Inn.

In previous budget years, Camden’s Atlanta delegation secured $2 million in renovation and design dollars due to the workforce importance in the area. The securing of the funding has taken almost eight years to obtain.

Local reaction –

Over the interim since last session, our local delegation met with Governor Deal and stressed the importance of this project.  Governor Deal was very receptive and the TCSG made the recommendation that our project be a top priority project for the Governor to consider.  Upon that recommendation, Governor Deal agreed to place Camden’s technical college in his budget recommendation.  Our local delegation has worked really hard to get to this point.  We will shepherd this appropriation through the budget process to ensure final passage.  This is a very encouraging development. – Rep. Jason Spencer (R-Woodbine)

First, I would like to thank Governor Deal for including the funding for the Coastal Pines Technical College in Camden County in this year’s budget.  I  would also like to congratulate the local leadership of Camden County for their support of this project. They didn’t just come with their hand out, they donated the property and infrastructure improvements, which showed they were willing to put “skin” in the game.  The Technical College will pay economic dividends for years to come. 
– Rep John Corbett ( R- Lake Park)
The number one concern of any company considering a community for relocation, expansion or startup is the availability of a qualified workforce. With this decision the State of Georgia and The Technical College System of Georgia are positioning Camden and southeast Georgia to compete for projects that will provide quality jobs to our citizens. This campus is the result of the hard work and advocacy of many in this community and the commitment of the county and all three cities. The gift of property by Mr. Bill Gross also made this possible. We look forward to letting business prospects know that we’ll soon be able to meet their workforce needs with our own citizens who can be trained right here in Camden County. – Executive Director of Camden County Joint Development Authority, James Coughlin

The proposed FY 2019 budget must go through the legislative appropriations process where legislation is written and voted on by both chambers with possible changes to the Governor’s budget recommendation; this occurs around February. In March, the bill is sent to the Governor for review, potential line item changes, and passage.

 

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here