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  1. Commissioners Approve Replacement of Harbins Road Bridge Over Jackson CreekWed, 22 Feb 2017 23:16:09 GMT
    Story contact: Alan Chapman, Director Department of Transportation 770.822.7417 alan.chapman@gwinnettcounty.com COMMISSIONERS APPROVE REPLACEMENT OF HARBINS ROAD BRIDGE OVER JACKSON CREEK Gwinnett County Commissioners on Tuesday approved a $2.9 million contract to replace the Harbins Road bridge over Jackson Creek in Lilburn. District 2 Commissioner Lynette Howard said, "This project not only addresses flooding concerns, but also fills in the sidewalks along Harbins Road." More...
  2. Aurora Theatre Celebrates Spring with the Bridges of Madison County, Carnaval Brasileiro, and MoreWed, 22 Feb 2017 18:58:13 GMT
    Spring is on the horizon, which means Aurora Theatre is abloom with a wide variety of programming for Atlanta audiences! Guests can get swept away in the whirlwind romance with The Bridges of Madison County, explore a splintered world of strange imaginings during the world premiere production SWEEP, dance to the beat of Brazilian rhythms during Teatro Aurora's presentation of Carnaval Brasileiro and enjoy a heavy dose of laughter during Aurora Comedy Nights courtesy of the city's best comedians. More...
  3. Sean Kingston beaten during altercation in Las VegasWed, 22 Feb 2017 14:12:02 GMT
    The 27-year-old rapper was involved in an altercation at the Sands Expo and Convention Center, according to an article by TMZ . The Jamaican-American rapper and the three members of hip hop group Migos got into an argument over Soulja Boy, according to law enforcement sources. More...
  4. Jury OKs spying via GPS; PI firm wins caseWed, 22 Feb 2017 09:35:38 GMT
    A Cobb County Superior Court jury decided after a two-day trial to rule in favor of a Marietta private investigation firm that was sued for placing a GPS device on a woman's car to track her movements. More...
  5. Gwinnett Co. commissioner slips out of meeting before public commentWed, 22 Feb 2017 05:13:53 GMT
    Some Gwinnett County residents are making sure Commissioner Tommy Hunter knows exactly how they feel about him. At Tuesday's commissioners meeting, dozens of people once again protested Hunter's comments about Congressman John Lewis. More...
  6. GA: Gwinnett Transit Study to Explore County's 'High Capacity' OptionsWed, 22 Feb 2017 00:35:26 GMT
    Feb. 21--Gwinnett County's transit development plan is about to get up-and-running and will explore a plethora of possibilities for Georgia's second most populous county -- including the feasibility of high capacity options like rail or bus rapid transit. Gwinnett Department of Transportation director Alan Chapman briefed the county's Board of Commissioners on Tuesday morning about the transit plan, which board chair Charlotte Nash announced last week at her state of the county address. More...
  7. 22 arrested, some with alleged gang ties in Gwinnett County investigationTue, 21 Feb 2017 19:59:43 GMT
    Twenty-two people are in custody after police in Gwinnett County arrested them on a number of drug charges and said they may be tied to gang activity. Police arrested the 22 people following a two-month-long investigation they dubbed "Operation Water Hazard". More...
  8. Georgia Right to Life PAC Endorses Judson Hill for CongressTue, 21 Feb 2017 17:50:50 GMT
    Contact: Genevieve Wilson, Georgia Right to Life , 770-339-6880 NORCROSS, Ga., Feb. 21, 2017 / Christian Newswire / -- Georgia Right to Life PAC today announced its endorsement of State Senator Judson Hill for Congress to replace Tom Price in the 6th district. "Senator Hill has a strong pro-life record and we're confident he will be an effective standard bearer to protect innocent human lives at all stages - from the pre-born to the elderly and infirm," said Genevieve Wilson, GRTL PAC director. More...
Gwinnett County News
  1. Nash lauds County's 'remarkable' achievements, diversity in State of the County AddressThu, 16 Feb 2017 00:00:00 EST
    In her seventh annual State of the County Address, (read the text or watch the video) Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners Chairman Charlotte Nash declared the county’s condition to be “remarkable,” highlighting multiple accomplishments while acknowledging challenges in the future. Nash said Gwinnett’s brand is one of excellence as demonstrated by its good jobs, workforce, schools, recreational opportunities, and its exemplary bond rating. “We’ve been building this brand over the course of decades but today, I see a strong Gwinnett brand that’s been re-invented,” she said. Innovation is a hallmark of the Gwinnett brand, she said, citing the County’s F. Wayne Hill Water Resources Center, saying the wastewater treatment plant turns byproduct from the treatment process into fertilizer, and converts methane into electricity to run the plant. She noted the state-of-the-art facility also returns 14.5 billion gallons annually of the water used by the county back to Lake Lanier and the Chattahoochee River. Research institutions and others in water industry are working with Gwinnett County to discover new methods for recycling water and producing clean water more efficiently, Nash said. Nash said collaboration between the County and its cities is another important element of the Gwinnett County brand of remarkable excellence. She spotlighted a new facility in Lilburn that doubles as a city hall and a county public library. The County is discussing similar library relocations in Duluth and Norcross, she said. She said the County plans to work with the private sector to redevelop the 24-acre Olympic tennis venue on U.S. 78 near Stone Mountain, and with community improvement districts to improve pedestrian connectivity around Gwinnett Place mall and redevelopment and transportation along I-85 between DeKalb County and Beaver Ruin Road. Nash also discussed the future expansion of the Infinite Energy Center as the county’s signature business and entertainment district. Mark Toro, managing partner and chairman of the board of North American Properties, described to the audience of about 750 what made Gwinnett County an attractive place to do business. The County needs to explore new ways to improve mobility – including transit, Nash said. “We can’t stop improving our road network, but expanded transit options must also be part of any long-term solution,” she said. Nash also reaffirmed the County’s commitment to diversity and pledged to broaden its community outreach programs. “Inclusion does not just happen,” she said. “It takes intentional effort. Let me be perfectly clear – failure to respect all Gwinnett residents and welcome their participation in our community is neither acceptable nor smart. Gwinnett’s future success depends on all of us, working together to build the community.” Nash said she wanted to build on the County’s Gwinnett 101 Citizens Academy, Dinner and Dialogue between citizens and commissioners, and Building Bridges events for various constituencies. New inclusionary steps by the County will include adding young people to Gwinnett 101, inviting diverse groups to display traditional art, clothing, crafts and heritage in county buildings, and reaching out to minority job applicants and small businesses. She called on people of all backgrounds and heritage to become more involved in their county government. Nash announced a new tagline for the County’s community outreach program: “Many Voices, One Gwinnett.” “Gwinnett’s future depends on all of us, working together to build the community,” she said. “We must engage and empower leaders from our diverse population who love Gwinnett to champion this important work.” The State of the County address is available for viewing on Friday, February 19 at 8:00pm on TVgwinnett, which is accessible online, on demand, and on the government access cable channels of Charter, Comcast, and AT&T- U-verse. Video of the speech is available on demand and will air frequently on the county’s government access cable channel beginning at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, February 16. Read the text version [hyperlink to pdf of speech here] of the speech. View a handout  [hyperlink to pdf of state of the county handout here] highlighting the County’s previous year’s accomplishments. Images from the event may be viewed on Flickr. View a list of Gwinnett County’s 2016 awards and accolades. More...
  2. Join your neighbors and police for coffee: March 10Fri, 10 Feb 2017 00:00:00 EST
    Meet the men and women behind the badge for coffee and conversation on March 10 from 9:00am to 11:00am at Einstein Bros. Bagels, 3410 Buford Drive, Suite G400.  Coffee with a Cop's mission is to break down barriers between police officers and the residents they serve by removing agendas and allowing the opportunity to ask questions, voice concerns, and get to know the officers in your community.  For more information, please view the attached flyer. More...
  3. FFY 2018 HUD Entitlement Grant Applications AvailableThu, 09 Feb 2017 00:00:00 EST
    Gwinnett County is accepting applications from organizations for the FFY 2017 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program, Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) Program, and the HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME) Program.  Application preparation instructions and forms are available beginning Thursday, February 09, 2017 Click here for more information. More...
  4. Celebrate Black History Month in Gwinnett!Tue, 31 Jan 2017 00:00:00 EST
    In honor of Black History Month, Gwinnett Community Outreach is partnering with local organizations to host programs and events throughout the month of February. Please join us as we commemorate our history and celebrate the path forward. For a listing of Black History Month Events with Gwinnett County Public Schools, click here. 11th annual Black History Month exhibit: The African Diaspora at Centerville Community CenterMonday through Friday, February 1 to February 28Free admission! 9:00am to 5:00pm (except February 20; the center is closed). Enjoy a self-guided exhibit. Evening and Saturday hours vary. Call the community center at 770.985.4713 to confirm schedule and to inquire about special events. Centerville Community Center, 3025 Bethany Church Road in Snellville. Black History Month Exhibit at the Gwinnett Justice and Administration CenterMonday through Friday, February 1 to February 28Free admission! 8:00am to 5:00pm (except February 20; GJAC is closed). Enjoy a self-guided exhibit featuring local artists, student drawings, and a monument of local heroes. Guided tours of the exhibit available on Thursday, February 16th at 3:00pm and on Tuesday, February 21st at 6:00pm. Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center, 75 Langley Drive in Lawrenceville. Community Conversation featuring Dorethia LivseyFebruary 4Free admission! 2:00pm and 8:00pm showing. The Aurora Theatre, in partnership with the Gwinnett County Community Outreach Program, will host a community conversation following The Mountaintop play. In the closing of his Mountain speech, Dr. King talked about his vision of seeing the “promised land.” Did you know that Gwinnett’s history includes a “Promised Land?” This historical piece of land, now owned by the Livseys, a prominent African-American Family in Gwinnett, is nurtured in the Snellville/Centerville area of Gwinnett County and has a unique story of its emergence in the 1800s until now. Attend the community conversation featuring Dorethia Livsey who will give an account and historical perspective of the Promised Land, what it means for current and future generations, and the celebration of legacy. The event will be moderated by Tyisha Fernandes, WSB-TV. The event is free to the public with a required registration. Attendees may also purchase tickets for The Mountaintop at www.auroratheatre.com. To watch the complete Community Conversation with Dorethia Livsey as well as an overview of Black History Month in Gwinnett, see this segment produced by TVgwinnett. Rising from the Rails: A Black History Month Art Exhibition Thursdays through Saturdays only, February 4 to February 28 10:00am to 5:00pm. The Southeastern Railway Museum, in partnership with the United Ebony Society will host an exhibit that highlights the achievements, contributions, and experience of African-Americans in railroad history. A free opening ceremony will take place February 3 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm. For hours and admission information, visit www.train-museum.org. 3595 Buford Highway, Duluth. Many Voices, One Song: Black History Month Literature ProgramFebruary 6 6:30pm. Join us for a reading and Q&A with a diverse group of African-American writers. For more information, visit www.gwinnettpl.org or call 770.978.5154. Gwinnett County Public Library – Lilburn Branch, 4817 Church Street. “Rise Up” Black History Month ProgramFebruary 18 7:00pm. This student-led production will feature a living museum featuring dance, song, and acting to encapsulate the African-American experience. The theme this year is entitled "Rise Up!" which embraces the idea of uniting and standing together for the good of all mankind and contributions made to our American culture as we know it today. Cost: $5 in advance or $7 at the door for ages 13 and older, $3 for children ages 12 to 4, and free for children 3 and under. For more information and to register, contact Valerie Lewis at Valerie.Lewis@gwinnett.kl2.ga.us or by phone at 678.226.4250. Discovery High School, 1335 Old Norcross Road in Lawrenceville. Watch Discovery High School Students perform in a living museum as they interpret past and present icons of the African American community. Billie Holiday  John Laurens  Janie McKinney Shonda Rhimes  Nat Turner Trace Your Roots: An African-American GenealogyFebruary 25Free admission! 11:00am. Genealogy interest has exploded with the ease and availability of online research. Learn how to get started in this fun hobby and explore free genealogy databases, including the library edition of Ancestry.com and HeritageQuest. For more information, call 770.978.5154, text 770.450.5305, or visit www.gwinnettpl.org. Centerville Branch Public Library, 3025 Bethany Church Road in Snellville. Black History Month Reception and CelebrationFebruary 27Free admission! 5:00pm. This reception and celebration will recap the month-long celebration featuring performances, speakers, and a special presentation. This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. Register for this event here. Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center, 75 Langley Drive in Lawrenceville.   More...
  5. GIS conducts annual system updateThu, 19 Jan 2017 00:00:00 EST
    Gwinnett County is currently acquiring aerial photography and survey ground control to update its Geographical Information System (GIS). The County contracted Sanborn Map Company to acquire this data. Sanborn's team for this service will include WK Dickson & Co. Inc., a surveying firm based in Raleigh. Surveyors will place temporary 10’ to 12’ black and white plastic targets in the shape of a “V,” “X,” or “T” within the public right-of-way and other public access lands in the county. All targets will be removed after completion of the aerial flight and quality control of the images by mid-April.   Please be careful to not disturb these targets. If you have any questions regarding this process, please contact Sharon Stevenson, GIS Manager, at 770.822.8033 or sharon.stevenson@gwinnettcounty.com. More...
  6. Commissioners adopt $1.56 billion budget Wed, 18 Jan 2017 00:00:00 EST
    The Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday adopted a $1.56 billion budget for fiscal year 2017.The adopted budget is up about 5.6 percent from 2016 and includes a $1.18 billion operating budget plus another $384 million for capital improvements. Board of Commissioners Chairman Charlotte Nash said, “The budget upholds Gwinnett’s history of sustainable, conservative budgeting practices while looking ahead at future implications of our decisions. I appreciate the citizen review team members, County staff, and elected offices for their hard work in developing this year’s budget. The primary areas of focus for 2017 are retaining employees, supporting public safety, expanding the judiciary to meet demand, and enhancing community engagement.” The operating budget totals $1.18 billion, compared to $1.12 billion last year. It includes new positions in the public safety and judicial areas, including staffing for two new 24/7 ambulance units, along with additional staff to improve traffic management, reduce the waiting list for senior homemaking services, and enhance the Board’s community outreach efforts. Workforce retention measures are also contained in the budget. With the approval of the new six-year SPLOST program, an estimated $950 million is slated for county and city capital improvements in transportation, recreation, civic center expansion, public safety, libraries, and senior services. Capital improvements funded by SPLOST programs include an $82 million expansion of the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center, expansions and improvements at multiple County parks, library replacements in Duluth and Norcross, and various road improvements. Construction on the courthouse expansion is slated to begin in the middle of 2017 and should be completed in late 2019. The senior center housed in the Norcross Human Services Center will also be renovated. Water and sewer user fees will fund upgrades to water and sewer facilities, sewer line inspections using a new acoustic monitoring system to help locate clogs before spills occur, and more public education to keep fats, oils, and grease out of the sewer system. The adopted budget also includes amendments such as increasing the library system’s budget by $500,000, adding Wi-Fi to a portion of the County’s transit fleet for $270,000, and adding $50,000 to market the Gwinnett County airport. Six residents and business people volunteered on the Chairman’s budget review committee. They heard presentations and studied departmental business plans, budget needs, and revenue projections before making recommendations for the budget. Commissioners also sought public input by holding a public hearing and accepting comments through the County’s website. Departmental budget presentations made to the budget review team earlier this year may be viewed in the on-demand video section of www.tvgwinnett.com under Budget Review Meetings. A comprehensive budget document will be available later in the year. Click here to view the adopted 2017 budget resolution. More...
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Gwinnett County Press News
  1. BECOME AN EXHIBITOR AT THE QUINCE GIRL EXPOWed, 22 Feb 2017 13:30:51 EST
    (Berkeley Lake, Ga., Feb. 22, 2017) – Quince Girl EXPO will be held on Saturday, Mar. 11 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Pinckneyville Park Community Recreation Center. Party planning professionals are invited to feature interactive demonstrations, fashion shows and share ideas on planning the perfect Quinceañera celebration! The event is free for attendees and will feature do-it-yourself workshops. In order for this expo to stand out from the rest, the number of exhibitors in each category will be limited. Interested exhibitors and demonstrators are encouraged to reserve space early by calling 678-277-0920 or visit the website for information on the event www.gwinnettparks.com. Pinckneyville Park Community Recreation Center is located at 4650 Peachtree Industrial Blvd. in Berkeley Lake. More...
  2. GWINNETT COUNTY TO CONDUCT SMART CITIES PILOT PROJECTWed, 22 Feb 2017 13:30:02 EST
    (Lawrenceville, Ga., Feb. 22, 2017) – Commissioners on Tuesday approved an agreement with CH2M Hill Engineers Inc. for the purpose of conducting a Global Cities Team Challenge: Smart Cities Pilot Project. A team of consultants and technology companies invited the Department of Water Resources to participate in the challenge, which looks at groundbreaking applications of internet technology (the “internet of things”) across a number of industrial sectors, including water. Smart meters – meters connected to the internet – are emerging technology, and the pilot project will allow DWR to evaluate how this technology can be employed to not only provide enhanced service to customers, but also allow DWR to continue being a good steward of the environment and plan for the future. Smart meter technology tracks water as it moves through the system, allowing utilities to find even small leaks in the system and prevent loss of water. As part of this pilot project, DWR will test different types of smart meters for reliability and accuracy. During the technology test, the data from the Smart Cities Pilot Project may allow customers in the pilot study the ability to see their water use in real time, helping them manage their use and identify leaks or running toilets at their homes,” said Rick Reagan, Deputy Director of Business Services. “This can help the customer save money as well as conserve water.” The data will also allow DWR to find even small leaks in the system and prevent loss of water. When compared with some other areas of the country, Gwinnett County has a young water distribution system and water loss from leaks is very small. As the system ages, water leaks could increase.  Smart meter technology is a proactive way to prepare for the future. There is no capital investment for the County, and no obligation for further implementation at the end of the pilot project. Pilot project partners include AT&T (wireless connectivity), QualComm (communication chips in meters) and CH2M (project management). DWR is in the process of identifying neighborhoods where the pilot could be conducted. More...
  3. COMMISSIONERS APPROVE REPLACEMENT OF HARBINS ROAD BRIDGE OVER JACKSON CREEKWed, 22 Feb 2017 08:46:07 EST
    (Lawrenceville, Ga., Feb. 21, 2017) – Gwinnett County Commissioners on Tuesday approved a $2.9 million contract to replace the Harbins Road bridge over Jackson Creek in Lilburn. District 2 Commissioner Lynette Howard said, “This project not only addresses flooding concerns, but also fills in the sidewalks along Harbins Road.” In addition to the bridge replacement, the project will include installation of sidewalk on both sides of Harbins Road from US 29 to Dickens Road. The contractor also will install curb and gutter and drainage improvements. Georgia Bridge and Concrete LLC, submitted the lowest of five bids at $2,902,486.70. The plans call for the contractor to replace the existing bridge while raising the roadway at its approach to the bridge. While road closures will be required as part of this project, driveway access will be maintained at all times during the construction. This project is funded by the 2014 SPLOST program. More...
  4. TRANSPORTATION SPLOST COMMITTEE TO VOTE WEDNESDAY ON ROAD SAFETY AND ALIGNMENT PROJECTSWed, 22 Feb 2017 08:44:43 EST
    (Lawrenceville, Ga., Feb. 21, 2017) – The Citizens Project Selection Committee will meet Wednesday night to vote on projects in the road safety and alignment category of the 2017 Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax. The group, known as the CPSC, is to meet at 6:30 p.m. in Conference Room A in the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center in Lawrenceville. “Our staff presented information on the road safety and alignment category in January,” said Alan Chapman, director of the Gwinnett County Department of Transportation. “The group will vote on the road safety projects this week and then staff will present information on the Intersections category.” At each meeting, the group is briefed on a project category. Then they vote on that category at a following meeting. On Jan. 24, the group approved a list of proposed bridge, culvert and transportation drainage projects. Prior to the November referendum, the CPSC allocated funding across these categories of Transportation projects: Bridges, Culverts and Transportation Drainage, Capital Projects Rehabilitation and Resurfacing, Intersections, Major Roads, Residential Speed Control, Road Safety and Alignment, School Safety, Sidewalks and Pedestrian Safety, Transportation Planning, and Unpaved Roads. Since the SPLOST vote, the CPSC has received presentations and voted on six project categories: bridges and culverts, school safety, rehabilitation and resurfacing, unpaved roads, residential speed control, and transportation planning. The CPSC is made up of 11 members and 11 alternates selected through a grass-roots process: Interested residents from various constituencies selected the representatives. For additional information about citizen input and the 2017 SPLOST, please visit www.gwinnettcpsc.com. More...
  5. BOARD APPROVES REPLACING PEDESTRIAN BRIDGE, INSTALLING NEW SECTIONS OF SIDEWALKTue, 21 Feb 2017 16:48:01 EST
    (Lawrenceville, Ga., Feb. 21, 2017) – Commissioners on Tuesday approved pedestrian projects that run along roadways and over water. Three separate projects will address pedestrian needs on Richland Parkway, Old Peachtree and Rock Springs roads, and Harbins and Dacula roads. District 1 Commissioner Jace Brooks said, “These projects will help to improve pedestrian safety and serve to fill gaps in the sidewalk network.” At Richland Parkway, the contractor will build a new pedestrian bridge alongside the existing roadway bridge. Lewallen Construction Co. Inc. was the lowest of five bidders at $709,325.22. The Richland Parkway project includes installing a pedestrian bridge as well as new sidewalks from Shore Drive to Collins Port Cove. The pedestrian bridge will be about 230 feet long and will serve to complete the sidewalk connection from Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road to Taylor Road. The Old Peachtree/Rock Springs project will include several sections of new sidewalks along both roadways. Also Old Peachtree Road eastbound will be widened from Ridge Oak Drive to Blakely Drive, extending the right turn lane onto Collins Hill Road. The Ohmshiv Construction LLC, bid of $833,326.75 was the lowest of four received for this project. Ohmshiv was also the low bidder on the project to install sidewalks along four sections of Harbins Road and Dacula Road. “This project is a partnership between Gwinnett County and the city of Dacula,” said District 3 Commissioner Tommy Hunter. “Dacula used their SPLOST funds to help the County build the project.” The four sections of sidewalk total just under a mile and will connect gaps of sidewalk from Harbin Oaks Drive to Liam Avenue. Ohmshiv’s bid of $438,619.60 was the lowest of the five bids received for this project. All of these sidewalk projects include curb and gutter and drainage improvements. All County funding comes from the 2014 SPLOST program. More...
  6. NASH LAUDS COUNTY'S 'REMARKABLE' ACHIEVEMENTS, DIVERSITY IN STATE OF THE COUNTY ADDRESSThu, 16 Feb 2017 18:10:52 EST
    (Lawrenceville, Ga., Feb. 16, 2017) – In her seventh annual State of the County Address, Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners Chairman Charlotte Nash declared the county’s condition to be “remarkable,” highlighting multiple accomplishments while acknowledging challenges in the future. Nash said Gwinnett’s brand is one of excellence as demonstrated by its good jobs, workforce, schools, recreational opportunities, and its exemplary bond rating. “We’ve been building this brand over the course of decades but today, I see a strong Gwinnett brand that’s been re-invented,” she said. Innovation is a hallmark of the Gwinnett brand, she said, citing the County’s F. Wayne Hill Water Resources Center, saying the wastewater treatment plant turns byproduct from the treatment process into fertilizer, and converts methane into electricity to run the plant. She noted the state-of-the-art facility also returns 14.5 billion gallons annually of the water used by the county back to Lake Lanier and the Chattahoochee River. Research institutions and others in water industry are working with Gwinnett County to discover new methods for recycling water and producing clean water more efficiently, Nash said. Nash said collaboration between the County and its cities is another important element of the Gwinnett County brand of remarkable excellence. She spotlighted a new facility in Lilburn that doubles as a city hall and a county public library. The County is discussing similar library relocations in Duluth and Norcross, she said. She said the County plans to work with the private sector to redevelop the 24-acre Olympic tennis venue on U.S. 78 near Stone Mountain, and with community improvement districts to improve pedestrian connectivity around Gwinnett Place mall and redevelopment and transportation along I-85 between DeKalb County and Beaver Ruin Road. Nash also discussed the future expansion of the Infinite Energy Center as the county’s signature business and entertainment district. Mark Toro, managing partner and chairman of the board of North American Properties, described to the audience of about 750 what made Gwinnett County an attractive place to do business. The County needs to explore new ways to improve mobility – including transit, Nash said. “We can’t stop improving our road network, but expanded transit options must also be part of any long-term solution,” she said. Nash also reaffirmed the County’s commitment to diversity and pledged to broaden its community outreach programs. “Inclusion does not just happen,” she said. “It takes intentional effort. Let me be perfectly clear – failure to respect all Gwinnett residents and welcome their participation in our community is neither acceptable nor smart. Gwinnett’s future success depends on all of us, working together to build the community.” Nash said she wanted to build on the County’s Gwinnett 101 Citizens Academy, Dinner and Dialogue between citizens and commissioners, and Building Bridges events for various constituencies. New inclusionary steps by the County will include adding young people to Gwinnett 101, inviting diverse groups to display traditional art, clothing, crafts and heritage in county buildings, and reaching out to minority job applicants and small businesses. She called on people of all backgrounds and heritage to become more involved in their county government. Nash announced a new tagline for the County’s community outreach program: “Many Voices, One Gwinnett.” “Gwinnett’s future depends on all of us, working together to build the community,” she said. “We must engage and empower leaders from our diverse population who love Gwinnett to champion this important work.” Video of the speech is available on demand at https://vimeo.com/204436992 and will air frequently on the county’s government access cable channel beginning at 7:30 p.m. tonight. A text version of the speech and a handout highlighting the previous year’s accomplishments can be found at www.gwinnettcounty.com. More...