Congressman Ted Yoho
Clay County VA Clinic:
As you all know, Congressman Yoho was able to secure three RFP’s for Clay County. We went through these RFP processes with the first two being unsuccessful due to lack of interest and submissions. The third RFP process closed on Feb 26th of this year and had several submissions. Due to procurement policies, the VA does not share much information including how many or who submitted proposals. As of May 23rd, the VA let us know that “Proposed clinic will have 19,999 sq. VA has received initial proposals on schedule and have completed technical review evaluations. VA is currently in negotiations with two prospective lessors; anticipate contract award 4th quarter FY 2018.” Again, due to the sensitive nature of VA procurement process and the various parties under non-disclosures, no other information can be shared at this point. Congressman Yoho met with FL/GA VA regional Director today and discussed this project to ensure the project was moving forward.
Clay Hill Address Recognition:
At the request of several Clay Hill residents, Congressman Yoho has been working with the USPS to designate Clay Hill what they deem an “acceptable” address for deliveries for USPS, UPS, Fed-Ex, etc. Following a review and approval process by the USPS, they will notify residents in that designated area that they are able to use Clay Hill as part of their address instead of Jacksonville. The USPS review process can take up to 12 months but we hope to complete this sooner. The second step that has been identified for action is to designate a new zip code for this area. This process is much longer and can take up 24 months. We are continuing to work with our key community partners on this and will follow up with any updates.
JAXPORT Phase II: I have attached the release that went out today regarding the Army Corps Work Plan that was released today. Congressman Yoho was able to reinstate funds back into the Work Plan for phase II of the JAXPORT dredging. Congressman Yoho personally appealed to OMB Secretary Mick Mulvaney on this project which helped secure the funds to keep this vital project moving forward. There has been incredible cooperation with stakeholders on this project and we are eternally grateful for everyone’s hard work on this.
SAVE THE DATE: 2018 American LNG Energy Summit – August 7 & 8th
We are in the process of finalizing the agenda and list of participants for this summit. If you are interested in learning more or participating in this event, please reach out to me.
Congressman Yoho has had an incredibly busy schedule with several stops in Clay County. Most recently he delivered remarks at the Green Cove Memorial Day event as well as the Memorial Day ceremony in Orange Park. He was the keynote address for the Clay County JROTC graduate ceremony on May 18th and also spoke at the Clay County Cattlemen’s meeting on May 24th about the new vaccine bank initiative that Ted spearheaded and
Our office was also proud to be a partner and speaker at the ribbon cutting ceremony for the new joint venture between Embry Riddle and Microsoft STEM initiative. This program will benefit service men and women as they transition back into civilian life. Several veterans in Clay County will be participating in this new program and we are really excited to for the first graduating class!
If you have any questions or feedback that you would like me to pass along to the Congressman or our team, please don’t hesitate to reach out. Thank you all!
Deputy Chief of Staff
Congressman Ted S. Yoho, DVM
Chairman House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific
House Agriculture Committee
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