About HCDA

Located in Northeast Florida at the Florida/Georgia line, the Hamilton County Development Authority (HCDA) assists the county’s existing businesses grow while attracting new investments and industry to the community. Through its efforts, the HCDA fosters the growth of higher wage jobs and the quality of place for its residents. The HCDA was formed in 1960 by an act of the state legislature and consists of eight members appointed by the Governor for three-year terms.

Services

Location Advisory

Our history dates back nearly 60 years and with that comes knowledge of our community and where your business can find success. Through our partnerships with our local government, utilities and business leaders we can help you make the right location decision. Contact us about our available sites and buildings.

Talent Development

Florida’s talent pipeline is rooted in collaboration among all our education and workforce providers from the local public school district, to nearby community colleges, technical centers, universities and CareerSource Florida. Working with your team, we can help you recruit and train employees.

Public Partnerships

We are your advocate for success. We will take the guesswork out of opening your doors. From assisting with our Board of County Commissioners, state agencies or our already expedited permitting process, we want to help you build your business and your relationships.

Data Research

Expanding or locating a business is a difficult decision that requires research and discovery. Our data center along with our team will provide you with demographics and business costs to help you along the decision process.

Industry Incentives

Working with the economic development professionals at Enterprise Florida, we can help you apply for financial incentives and connect you with local resources that benefit the bottom line and our taxpayers.

Our Team

Susan Ramsey

Executive Director

sramsey@hamiltoncda.org
386.792.6828 (office); 386.785.4932 (cell)

Susan is responsible for leading and implementing economic development efforts for Hamilton County. Susan has led the HCDA over the last eight years and during that time has focused on business recruitment, retention as well as community development through such programs the authority’s commercial beautification grants. The program along with numerous other initiatives, Susan and the HCDA board have launched, focuses on improving Hamilton County’s competitiveness and quality of place.

Throughout her career, Susan has had the opportunity to give back to the community by being involved in a number of organizations and programs. Susan is also a Board Member for the North Florida Economic Development Partnership and a member of the Culture, Nature, Heritage and Rural Committee of Visit Florida; Florida Economic Development Council; International Economic Development Council and Southern Economic Development Council. 

Sheremah De'Jesus

Executive Assistant

sdejesus@hamiltoncda.org
386.792.6828 (office)

Sheremah, known as Sha, has been an integral member of the HCDA team since for more than five years. She began at the HCDA as an intern and through her determination and performance was hired full-time. As a long-time Jasper resident and graduate of Hamilton County High School, Sha understands the importance of economic and workforce development to her hometown community and is committed to helping businesses succeed.

She is a testament to CareerSource Florida’s summer youth program where she was awarded the outstanding youth award and earned gold level in the Florida Ready to Work program. It was those programs that allowed her the opportunity to intern at the HCDA and find a calling in economic development. She is a proud mother of two who enjoys spending time with her family.

Our Authority Board Members

  • Mary Lou Bullard of White Springs, is a librarian at the White Springs Public Library.
  • Megan Carter of White Springs, is a county planning and the grant coordinator for North Florida Professional Services Inc.
  • John Cloyd of Jasper, is a retired dairy farmer.
  • Nathaniel Combass, Interim-Chair of Jasper, is a retired district surveyor for the Florida Department of Transportation.
  • Danny Daniels, Secretary-Treasurer of Jasper, a meter reader with the Suwannee Valley Electric Cooperative.
  • RB Davis, Chair of Jasper, is a Retired Colonel, U.S. Army and retired judge for both Bradford and Hamilton counties .
  • Milton Hitson of Jasper, is a real estate broker.
  • Lowell Klepper of of Jennings, is a retired engineer.

HCDA Board Meetings

The Hamilton County Development Authority meets the second Thursday of each month at 7:00 pm. The HCDA Board meetings are public and all are welcome to attend.
  • Regular meetings are held at: 1153 US Hwy 41 NW Suite 4, Jasper, Florida 32052 unless there is a joint meeting with the Hamilton County Board of County Commissioners.
  • Joint meetings are held at the courthouse at: 207 NE First St., Jasper, Florida 32052.

Transparency & Accountability

The Hamilton County Development Authority (HCDA) is committed to fiduciary responsibility and transparency to the taxpayers. The HCDA strives to provide public access to information regarding the conduct of authority business while preserving confidential economic development information as determined in Florida Statutes 288.075.

About Open Government Requirements

Florida enjoys an exceptionally broad public records law. Open Government, or Government-in-the-Sunshine, provides a right of access to governmental proceedings at both the state and local levels. It is applicable to both elected and appointed boards and has been applied to any gathering of two or more members of the same board to discuss some matter which will foreseeably come before that board for action.

There is also a constitutionally guaranteed right of access to meetings of collegial public bodies. Virtually all state and local collegial public bodies are covered by the open meetings requirements with the exception of the judiciary and the state Legislature which have their own constitutional provisions relating to access.

As such, the HCDA publishes meeting materials and frequently requested documents on this site and updates the documents regularly. To learn more about confidentiality regarding economic development projects and public records requests visit Enterprise Florida’s website. In addition, all non-confidential incentive information and redacted contracts are posted on the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity’s Incentive Portal. Additional Hamilton County specific information can be requested through a public records request by contacting the HCDA office by phone or email.