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Clay Business Connection

News from around the Clay County business community and Chamber of Commerce.

SBA Disaster News

SBA Deadline to Apply for Working Capital Loans in Florida is June 28

 ATLANTA – The U.S. Small Business Administration is reminding businesses in Florida that working capital loans are still available to small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and private nonprofit organizations affected by Hurricane Hermine that occurred on Aug. 31 – Sept. 11, 2016.

“Businesses that suffered economic losses as a result of the disaster and want to apply for low-interest loans from the SBA are urged to do so before the June 28 deadline,” said Frank Skaggs, director of SBA Field Operations Center East.

Florida 2030 Project

The Florida 2030 Project

Are You Ready to Put the Long-Term Ahead of the Short-Term?

Florida is now the third most populous state and by 2030, six million more residents will call Florida home and two million more jobs will be needed. To prepare for this continued growth and ensure Florida remains successful, the Florida Chamber Foundation is leading the charge to write the blueprint for Florida’s future — Florida 2030. This two-year research program will stimulate strategic thinking about Florida’s future and engage business and community leaders in each of Florida’s 67 counties and identify key trends and the factors that can drive their regional economy. Florida 2030 is our opportunity to work together to strengthen your community, business and future. The future belongs to all Floridians and we need your help to plan for the future.

State Road 15 (U.S. 17) at State Road 16 Intersection Improvements

State Road 15 (U.S. 17) at State Road 16 Intersection Improvements
Clay County, Florida
Financial Project Number: 436118-1-52-01

Public Hearing
Date: June 27, 2017
Time: 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Location: Clay County Supervisor of Elections office
500 North Orange Avenue
Green Cove Springs, Florida 32043

Drop by to view displays and discuss the project with FDOT and project staff.
A presentation and comment period begin at 6:30 p.m.
An intersection study was performed in March 2014 for the State Road 15 (U.S. 17 / S. Orange Avenue) at State Road 16 (Leonard C. Taylor Parkway) intersection in Clay County. The study revealed that the intersection experienced approximately nine crashes per year from 2010 to 2012. The prominent safety concerns included the southbound and westbound rear-end crash trends, the north-south left turn crash trend, and the angle crash trend exiting the State Road 16 gas station driveway. As a result of the study, FDOT has decided to improve the safety and operational characteristics of the intersection and adjacent driveways through turn lane additions, lengthening of existing turn lanes, using protected-only signalized left turns, and construction of a traffic
separator along SR 16 for access management.

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Please join the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) to discuss the proposed intersection improvements at State Road 15 (U.S. 17 / S. Orange Avenue) at State Road 16 (Leonard C. Taylor Parkway) in Clay County.

Flood Watch through 8 p.m. tonight

Heavy Rainfall remains the main threat, with additional rainfall totals of 1 to 3 inches forecast through this evening, with locally higher amounts possible as indicated in the attached rainfall graphic. Flooding is possible over portions of inland southeast Georgia and all of northeast and north central Florida, and isolated pockets of flash flooding will be possible in urban and especially coastal locations into the evening hours. The Weather Prediction Center (WPC) has outlooked coastal southeast Georgia and portions of coastal northeast Florida within a slight risk for excessive rainfall through tonight. 

County Road 220 near Sleepy Hollow Drive to Close for Railroad Crossing Work

County Road 220 near Sleepy Hollow Drive to Close for Railroad Crossing Work

Please be aware that railroad crossing reconstruction will take place at the railroad crossing on County Road 220 near Sleepy Hollow Drive beginning June 8 at 9:00 am and plans to remain closed to traffic through June 18, 2017. Traffic in both directions will be rerouted.

Community Open House Kid's Day

Heavy Rainfall & Isolated Severe Storms Today through Wednesday Night


Deep tropical moisture will move out of the Gulf of Mexico and will interact with a low pressure system and frontal boundary that will track across SE GA & NE FL Today through Wednesday Night. There will be several "waves" of heavy rainfall/possible severe weather which will end early Thursday Morning.

Irie Diner Gets Great Reviews

Caribbean Vibe is Alive at Irie Diner according to Restaurant Reviewer Jay Magee in The Times-Union article.

Clay Chamber Annual Legislative Wrap-Up

Clay Chamber Annual Legislative Wrap-Up


WHAT:         The Clay County Chamber Annual Legislative Wrap-Up


WHEN:        Wednesday, June 28, 2014

                    11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.


WHERE:      Moosehaven

              1701 Park Ave

                       Orange Park, FL  32073      


DETAILS:    The Clay Chamber is hosting the Annual Legislative Wrap-Up with members of the Clay County Delegation at Moosehaven. Senator Rob Bradley, Representative Travis Cummings, and Representative Bobby Payne will be discussing the 2017 Florida Legislative Session. Orange Park Medical Center is the presenting sponsor, AT&T is corporate sponsor, and executive sponsors include England, Thims and Miller, Baptist Clay Medical Campus, Waste Pro, Hanania Automotive Group, Advanced Disposal, and Teco Peoples Gas. Business sponsor are Community Hospice and Palliative Care and PACE Center for Girls, Clay.


The cost to attend is $15 for Chamber members and $20 for non-members. Participants can register online at

GCS Spring Park & Pool Dedication

Refreshments to follow.

Please RSVP by June 12 to

Kimberly Thomas, Executive Assistant

(904) 297-7054 or

Attire will be Business Casual