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What Makes Gwinnett Stand Out?

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How do you see Gwinnett? If you”re that rare native Gwinnettian, maybe you vividly remember when Pleasant Hill Road was as “far out”# as it got and Scenic Highway was a dirt road. Perhaps you moved to the Atlanta area 20 years ago, and headed straight to the “suburbs”# as a great place to raise your kids. Or could it be that you”re a relative “newbie,”# landing here with a Fortune 500 company like NCR or Cisco?

We all view our home community through a different lens – as a resident, a property or business owner, a parent or a voter, for instance. In sum, we”re key stakeholders who invest, both fiscally and emotionally, in our county and expect – rightfully so – an impressive ROI.# But maybe we also resemble that big brother who fails to notice how beautifully his sister is growing up until his friends cast an appreciative eye? (We hear you, Cobb and Fulton!)

With new elected leadership onboard for the Gwinnett County Commission, Gwinnett Magazine takes a look at Gwinnett County Government – from priority operations and projects to achievements and performance that have garnered national attention.

Points of Pride
Turns out, the old water towers had a point – Success Lives Here and# Gwinnett is Great, in a wide range of measurements, some more visible than others. Gwinnett County Government is one of the nation”s most fiscally sound – only about 36 in the country share our triple-AAA bond rating. The county”s planning efficiency enabled it to turn $220 million of federal stimulus funds from shovel-ready projects to completed facilities and services. Other points of pride? Gwinnett is home to nationally recognized parks and libraries, has public safety and services second to none, and shows exemplary stewardship of resources and a growing emphasis on conservation and sustainability.

Of course, with more than 800,000 residents, Gwinnett has long since outgrown the label of a metro-Atlanta suburb. Led by a five-member elected Board of Commissioners, the county now has a budget of $1.3 billion and 4,823 employees. Most visible to county residents are the services Gwinnett County Government provides in three key areas: law enforcement, public safety and judicial operations; infrastructure and planning; and community services.

“The Board of Commissioners works in partnership with the other elected officials who are part of Gwinnett County government – the Clerk of Court, District Attorney, Judges, Sheriff, Solicitor, and Tax Commissioner – to make certain that quality services are efficiently delivered to Gwinnett residents and businesses. Our internal services departments are important too, since they make it possible for the other areas to serve the public. The employees in these departments keep our vehicles running, purchase supplies, manage benefits and payroll, take care of our buildings and make sure our computers are working, to name a few of their responsibilities,”# said Charlotte Nash, Gwinnett Commission Chairman.

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