Camden County has had the largest impact on growth with the creation of the Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base. Construction on the naval base began in 1978, and it was operational a year later. In 1980 the location was selected as the East Coast refit facility and training command for the navy's fleet of Trident ballistic missile submarines. The first Trident submarine arrived in 1989, and by 2003 Kings Bay employed nearly 9,000 people. The growing population in the county after the opening of Kings Bay resulted in the establishment of the Camden Residence Center, a satellite campus of the College of Coastal Georgia.