Wednesday, June 8, 2022 (11:30 AM - 1:00 PM)
Commissioners Mike Cella and Jim Renninger will be updating us on Gateway to Clay and the College Drive Initiative to improve the county.
Gateway to Clay - Wells Road is the corridor many travel through when entering Clay County, the Gateway to Clay. Residents and visitors should have a great first impression and want to make Wells Road, and the rest of the county, their travel, entertainment, and dining destination.
College Drive Initiative - Community leaders note the distinctive quality of College Drive as home to several nonprofit organizations, residential neighborhoods and commercial enterprises. Could College Drive become more than a thoroughfare? Would it be possible to create a “main street vibe?” What if College Drive became a destination for enjoyment as well as a locale for human care and post-secondary education?
Mike Cella Chairman of the Tourist Development Council
He has successfully owned and operated Jumperz Fun Center, in Orange Park, serving thousands of Clay County citizens from 2009 to 2017. Prior to opening his business, Mike enjoyed a 30-year career in radio and TV broadcasting, concluding his career at WOKV Radio in Jacksonville where he hosted the Morning Show and served as the Assistant Program Director.
Mike is very active in his community, serving as a member of Fleming Island Lions Club, the Rotary Club of Northeast Florida, and the Clay County Chamber of Commerce. He is past president and co-founder of the BIZNET Marketing Referral Group of Orange Park. He is actively involved with the Clay County Republican Party, serving as Committeeman for Precinct 410, President of the Republican Men's Club, and a member of the South Clay Republican Club.
Jim Renninger Vice Chair of Finance and Audit Committee
Jim Renninger began residence in Orange Park more than 35 years ago when he was assigned as a U.S. Navy pilot at Cecil Field. Renninger successfully completed 26 years in the USN and attained the rank of Captain, retiring in 1998. Significant assignments included three commands and one Chief of Staff tour. He is most noted for earning an Air Medal through superb airmanship and the first-ever barrier landing on an aircraft carrier in an S-3B saving the $32 million aircraft and four lives from certain disaster.
After retirement he served Florida State College at Jacksonville (FSCJ) where he was assigned as Director of the Aviation Center of Excellence at Cecil Airport where his testimony to Congress on March 30, 2007 was critical to authorization and development of the Air Traffic Control education and training program at FSCJ.
He has a long history of service to the community where he was elected three times to Orange Park Town Council, serving nine years and as Mayor twice, Vice Mayor, and Councilman terming out of office in May 2016. He also served as the President of Northeast Florida League of Cities and a leader in countless other organizations. CAPT Renninger has served honorably and collaboratively to produce results that improve the quality of life in the Northeast Florida Region.
Talons Eagle Harbor & Golf Club 2217 Eagle Harbor Pky Fleming Island,