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The House Success Built: Gwinnett County, GA

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The success of Gwinnett’s economic development is a group effort, county leaders say, the result of cooperation among business and industry, education, nonprofits, and government.

Charlotte Nash, chairman of the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners says, "Our vibrant economic development efforts are supported and advanced by the strong foundations within our county. Having a great community makes it a lot easier to have strong economic development which in turn gives us the resources to provide community amenities, address community needs, and keep our tax rates down."

Leaders in Gwinnett applaud the influence of our educational system in drawing new residents and businesses. J. Alvin Wilbanks, CEO and superintendent of Gwinnett County Public Schools, commented, "We’re proud that Gwinnett County Public Schools is the centerpiece of a vibrant community, and contributes greatly to the county’s economic vitality. Our goal is to graduate students who have the knowledge, skills, and expertise to succeed in college, work, and life in today’s global economy."

In addition, Gwinnett County has a reputation of making it easy for businesses to grow. Norcross Mayor Bucky Johnson says, "Businesses can get permits approved in a timely matter and quickly develop sustainable relationships with city and county government." Johnson mentioned that a recent win for the City of Norcross is the expansion of Suniva, Inc. that will add up to 500 new jobs.

Duluth Mayor Nancy Harris added, "The cities of Gwinnett are the backbone for our county’s economic strength. We’re attracting Millennials who want easy access to the hustle and bustle of a big city, yet enjoy convenient walkability with improvements in our downtowns."

Gwinnett is increasingly becoming a destination with new and expanded entertainment venues, restaurants, and more. Lisa Anders, executive director of Explore Gwinnett says, "The night life planned in the entertainment district and venues opening as our downtown areas are being redeveloped enhance the competitive edge of our hotel industry. Our visitors increasingly have more options of things to do in Gwinnett."

With redevelopment projects around the county, leaders are excited about the crossover effect throughout Gwinnett’s cities and neighborhoods. Dr. Dan Kaufman, president and CEO of the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce, says, "Expansion in multiple business sectors and in a variety of geographic locations means that no one is left out. Rephrasing the old water tower slogan, Gwinnett could easily boast, ‘Success Lives Here, Learns Here, Plays Here, and Works Here.’"

PULL QUOTES

"The cities of Gwinnett are the backbone for our county’s economic strength. We’re attracting Millennials who want easy access to the hustle and bustle of a big city, yet enjoy convenient walkability with improvements in our downtowns."
– Nancy Harris, Mayor Of Duluth

"… Having a great community makes it a lot easier to have strong economic development which in turn gives us the resources to provide community amenities, address community needs, and keep our tax rates down."
– Charlotte Nash, Chairman of the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners

"We’re proud that Gwinnett County Public Schools is the centerpiece of a vibrant community, and contributes greatly to the county’s economic vitality. Our goal is to graduate students who have the knowledge, skills, and expertise to succeed in college, work, and life in today’s global economy."
– J. Alvin Wilbanks, CEO and superintendent of Gwinnett County Public Schools