07/21/2011

GWINNETT 2.0

I recently attended Partnership Gwinnett’squarterly Economic Development Coalition meeting, held at the Gwinnett Chamber. Gwinnett, a county in northeast Metro Atlanta, stands out in the state for its collaborative and effective economic development efforts. Nick Masino and his staff provided a presentation on the results of the 2010 Censusand its impact on the county. Gwinnett, which has seen astounding growth in the last decade, is now the 65th largest county in the United States and second only to Fulton in the state of Georgia.
 
An effort is underway to standardize the local incentive guidelinesfor all Gwinnett municipalities to make the recruitment process more streamlined for the Chamber’s Business Development Managers. Initiatives like this one – not glamorous, but vitally important – have made Gwinnett a leader in Metro Atlanta in the recruitment effort at the local level.
 
Partnership Gwinnett has also initiated a task force to address the overwhelming foreclosure challenges the county currently faces. I look forward to seeing some creative solutions for a very challenging issue.
 
Lindsay Martin
Project Manager, Existing Industry/Metro Atlanta

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