27 October Amazon and Partners Give $50,000 to STEM Education in Clay County October 27, 2017 By Laura Pavlus General, News Amazon, Clay County, Education, Workforce Development 0 Jacksonville Business Journal - October 19, 2017 by Will Robinson - here Amazon (Nasdaq: AMZN) partnered with STEM2Hub and the Consortium of Florida Education Foundations to give $50,000 to the Clay County School System Oct. 10. Amazon provided $20,000; STEM2Hub provided $5,000; and the remaining $25,000 was matched by state funds. The money will be used to advance education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Amazon officials went to three Clay County schools Tuesday carrying boxes of robotic equipment for students. Bernard Schmidt, general manager of one of Amazon's Jacksonville fulfillment centers, told the Business Journal that the company recognized the importance of STEM education and was happy to partner with organizations that were making it a priority in the Jacksonville area. "It's important for us because it's where our employees live and work," Schmidt said. Schmidt noted that STEM skills are important at his fulfillment center, which utilizes more than 20 miles of conveyor belts as well as Amazon Robotics. "The robotics that the kids will be working with fits very well with our profile," he said. STEM2Hub told the gathering, which met at the Clay County STEM office, that STEM education is critical for preparing students for jobs that don't exist yet. Mary Chance, president of the Consortium of Florida Education Foundations which works to get state matching funds, was excited that Amazon's funds were match eligible. "Matching funds are flexible but accountable," Chance told the Business Journal. "It's a great way to leverage private dollars." Florida is the only state in the country to set aside matching funds in its annual budget, Chance said. In the Jacksonville area last year, Duval County received nearly $160,000; St. Johns County received more than $55,000; Nassau County received almost $24,000; and Clay County received almost $53,000 in state matched funding, according to Chance. Related Clay Branding Study - Proposed New County Logo and a New County Seal After a year of talk and expectation, county commissioners have given the order to finalize a new logo and branding scheme for the county they hope will spur intrigue, tourism and economic growth countywide. Here are the drafts of a proposed new county logo and a new county seal. Will Ketchum of Burdette-Ketchum, which created the brand, suggested the new county seal would also differentiate Clay County, Florida from the other 17 counties named Clay throughout the U.S. Clay County's Pitch in the Park Hopes to Give County's Entrepreneurs the Stage for Success Clay County entrepreneurs are looking to give local innovators a chance to be in the spotlight, with the county’s first innovation festival, Pitch in the Park. Eighteen entrepreneurs were selected to present their startup ideas at 10 a.m. on January 21st at Town Hall Park in Orange Park. Each person will have two minutes to present their ideas to a panel of three judges and the audience. Clay Commission Discussing Rebranding County Image The Clay County Commission this month is expected to consider recommendations to showcase the county’s natural, historic and recreational resources as well as its communities to best attract tourism, new businesses and residents. Clay's Career and Technical Education Program Gives Local Workforce a Competitive Advantage Clay County Schools Celebrate Career and Technical Education Month Students and faculty in Clay County will join others across the nation during the month of February to celebrate national Career and Technical Education (CTE) Month. This year's theme is "Celebrate Today, Own Tomorrow!" CTE Month provides CTE programs across the country to demonstrate how CTE makes students college- and career- ready and prepares whem for high-wage, high-demand career fields. Activities include: CTE teacher and student recognition, leadership and community service events, school tours and more! Clay County Home to Top Ranking ZIP Codes Clay County is proud to have 5 of the top 18 ranking ZIP codes for year-over-year growth in average single-family homes in Northeast Florida. Construction of the First Coast Express is fueling this increase. Clay County population growth projections are by-far the largest in the region for the next 10 to 15 years. Concurrently, 77% of Clay County residents commute into neighboring counties to work. Clay County is home to the second highest wage earners in the region. To learn more about business opportunities in Clay County, Florida call 904.375.9394. Clay County Schools One Point Away from "A" District Letter Grade The Clay County School District was one point away from being named an “A” District in recent scores released last week by the Florida Department of Education for the 2016-2017 school year. Showing 0 Comment Comments are closed.