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The Next Chapter

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Chairman NashBy Charlotte Nash, Chairman
Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners

As we look ahead to spring weather, it”s time to start making plans for another new season. My fellow commissioners and I have vowed to turn the page on the past and start a new chapter this year in Gwinnett County”s nearly 200-year-old story.

“Be informed, get involved, and stay in touch.”# That”s the advice I gave all Gwinnett residents and businesses in my State of the County speech a few short months ago. Your County government has increased transparency by making it easier to find information about the decisions we make as well as the actions we take.

For instance, the 2013 budget is posted on our website, www.gwinnettcounty.com, along with on-demand videos of the many departmental and agency business plan presentations that led up to it. You will also find videos of Board of Commissioners meetings. We are working to rebuild trust in county leaders and county government, and we believe making information available is the best way to start. Can”t find something? Let us know!

As for getting involved, I am proud to report that volunteers have stepped up in a big way to help us meet the goal I announced a year ago of reaching a million volunteer hours by 2015. A dedicated website – www.volunteergwinnett.net – lists opportunities for individuals and groups to offer their services to the community in many different ways.

Also, we”re always looking for people to serve on boards and advisory panels. This is a great way to get both informed and involved at the same time. Please let your district commissioner or me know if you are interested.

To help you stay in touch, we now offer a number of free electronic newsletters, which we distribute by email to save printing and mailing costs. Titles include News for Neighborhoods, What”s New on TVgwinnett, and Gwinnett County Connection. You can sign up to receive them right on our homepage.

We”re also planning more town hall meetings and listening sessions to make sure we hear feedback from Gwinnett stakeholders. Watch for announcements on that.

Finally, I want to congratulate three women who were chosen in January as chief judges in Gwinnett”s Superior, State, and Magistrate courts – Melodie Snell Conner, Pamela D. South, and Kristina Hammer Blum, respectively.