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As Gwinnettians, we are fortunate to live in our county. While it is one of the many jobs of the Chamber to be a cheerleader for the community, the fact is that we have the best governments, school boards, healthcare systems and chamber of commerce in the country.

Consider – and take pride in – the accomplishments over the past year alone:

The Gwinnett Chamber was named one of the top three metro chambers in the entire United States by the American Chamber of Commerce Executives for our membership, economic and community development programs and successes.

Gwinnett County remains one of only 23 counties in the nation with triple-A bond ratings from the three major bond rating services – a testament to the outstanding management and leadership from our county commission and county staff.

Gwinnett Medical Center was once again honored with the HealthGrades Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence. This award places Gwinnett Medical Center in the top 5 percent of hospitals in the country for clinical excellence.

Suwanee was named to Money Magazine”s top 10 places to live in the United States and Buford was named third best city in the nation to live and launch a business by Fortune Small Business.

And most recently – and perhaps most importantly – 12 of Gwinnett”s high schools are among the top 5 percent of high schools in the nation, according to a list published by Newsweek. The fact that 12 of our high schools made such an esteemed list is absolutely outstanding.

To put this in context, the Chamber is preparing for our third Strategic Leadership visit this year to the Research Triangle region of North Carolina. Internationally known for its reputation as one of the most educated communities in the nation, the entire region only had nine high schools make the same list.

The entire GCPS board has provided common-sense stability, innovative thinking, bold vision and servant leadership that has guided Georgia”s largest school system through significant challenges while strengthening our academic achievement across every socio-economic level and ethnic background.

Superintendent Alvin Wilbanks and his cabinet of professionals confidently relay that same leadership and vision down to the schools and classrooms themselves. Bobby Crowson, Jim Steele, Scott Futrell, Frances Davis and Rick Cost are names you have likely not heard of, yet they are developing our children and Gwinnett”s future employees and employers.

Being the best in government, education, business and healthcare are great honors. Working together as a team in the Gwinnett-tradition through initiatives like Partnership Gwinnett will solidify a legacy of excellence for generations to come.