Northeast Georgia area wrestlers took the next step toward possible state titles Saturday in Traditional Sectionals held around the state. Each classification held two Sectionals to pare down the field. More...
Liz Marino/Douglas County Sentinel The Fair Mart at the corner of Mason Creek Road and Highway 78 in Winston got a new sign courtesy of the Netflix series "Stranger Things," which filmed there this weekend. Fair Mart is one of the businesses that will be razed for a major intersection improvement. More...
The Gwinnett County Fire Department said a fire that started at the Tuscana Apartments in Norcross was caused by an electrical outlet. A woman in a bottom apartment told investigators she plugged in her phone charger and saw sparks. More...
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America's -- and Atlanta's most wanted convicted of murder, rape, child molestation, armed and dangerous on the runjust the kind of violent criminal U.S. Marshals of the elite southeast region's Fugitive Task Force are trained to catch. "I heard a loud knocking on the door, I got up and threw on some clothes, grabbed my shotgun, opened the door, and there was an officer here and an officer out of site." More...
State Representative Tom Rice , Chairman of the House Motor Vehicles Committee, announced that he will not seek re-election to the Georgia House of Representatives after 20 years of service as a state representative. Rice represents District 95, which includes portions of Fulton and Gwinnett counties. More...
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 4, 2016.
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Gwinnett County Police and the animal shelter have gone social! You can follow police on Twitter @GwinnettPD for the latest news and updates. In addition, check out the Gwinnett Animal Welfare and Enforcement Center on Facebook. Like Gwinnett Animal Shelter to see adoptable pets, receive PAWsome news, learn about upcoming promotions, and read helpful tips for caring for your furry, scaly, or feathery friends. More...
Partnership Gwinnett believes that every person is an expert on where they live and would love to hear your perspective about what it's like work and do business in Gwinnett County.
This survey will ask you to evaluate different elements of the county's competitiveness and attractiveness as a place to live, work, and do business and will take roughly 15 minutes to complete. Your responses will directly inform the research and strategic planning processes that will culminate in the creation of Partnership Gwinnett's third economic development strategy.
Responses are entirely anonymous and cannot be attributed to you individually. If there is a question you feel is not applicable to you, please respond "Don't know” or "N/A," or simply skip the question.
Your input is important to this process and your time is valued; we greatly appreciate your participation.
Access the survey here. If you have any questions regarding this survey or the strategic planning process, contact Mark Farmer at email@example.com or by calling 678.584.2268.
About Partnership GwinnettPartnership Gwinnett is a public-private initiative dedicated to bringing new jobs and capital investment to Gwinnett County, Georgia. Since 2006, Partnership Gwinnett has worked with its local partners to attract and retain jobs, cultivate capital investment, support educational institutions, foster workforce development, and contribute to the exceptional quality of life found in Gwinnett. Every day, a team of dedicated professionals work to drive the mission of Partnership Gwinnett to strengthen the economic vitality of the community.­­ More...
Governor Nathan Deal joined Georgia Department of Economic Development and Gwinnett Chamber Economic Development on January 21 to announce that Kaiser Permanente, an integrated provider of health care and coverage, will create 800 jobs in metro Atlanta – more than 600 of those in Gwinnett County - and invest $51 million in Gwinnett County.
“The health care industry is an economic driver in Georgia,” said Governor Nathan Deal. “Kaiser Permanente’s devotion to bettering the lives of citizens through innovative health care services makes the company a good fit for Georgia. The state looks forward to continuing this partnership with Kaiser Permanente as it further expands and produces a positive impact on Georgia’s economy.”
The company will retrofit a facility to serve as a Member Service Contact Center, bringing the company’s total presence in Georgia to some 5,000 personnel. Situated on an 18-acre site in Duluth, the 185,000-square-foot office complex will have the capacity to hold up to 1,000 contact center workers. The facility will also be designed to meet requirements for LEED certification.
In addition to hiring more than 600 new employees to handle calls related to insurance coverage and billing, Kaiser Permanente is relocating approximately 300 Georgia-based appointment schedulers and advice nurses to the new facility. The contact center, which will support Kaiser Permanente members across the country, is slated to open this fall.
“Kaiser Permanente has been caring for metro Atlanta residents for 30 years, and we are excited to be able to help this region’s economy thrive as well,” said Julie Miller-Phipps, president of Kaiser Permanente of Georgia. “By expanding our footprint in metro Atlanta, we are showing just how committed we are to bringing our unique model of care to this region.”
Last year, the health care organization announced plans to open a new IT facility in Midtown this spring, which is expected to create 900 jobs by 2019. Kaiser Permanente provides care and coverage to more than 10 million members across the country, including nearly 300,000 in Georgia. Existing contact centers are based in California, Colorado, Hawaii and Maryland.
“Kaiser Permanente’s decision to invest in Gwinnett speaks to the strength of our community and the economic vitality of this area,” said Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners Chair Charlotte Nash. “With access to a skilled workforce and significant infrastructure, companies like Kaiser are able to successfully grow and expand their business with confidence.”
“This announcement is yet another excellent example of how the many attributes of Gwinnett continue to draw companies to expand into our community,” said Andrew Carnes, Director of Economic Development. “Companies such as Kaiser Permanente recognize Gwinnett County as a prime location to better reach national markets and grow their business.”
Lindsay Martin, director of existing industry and regional recruitment at the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD), assisted Kaiser Permanente on behalf of Georgia in conjunction with the Metro Atlanta Chamber, Partnership Gwinnett, Georgia Power and Jones Lang La Salle.
“It is no surprise that Kaiser Permanente is choosing to open their new Member Service Contact Center here,” said GDEcD Commissioner Chris Carr. “Our abundant pool of talent and No. 1 business climate create an ideal location for a fast-growing company to increase quality service and remain competitive.”
For more information, or to learn how to get involved in local economic development efforts, please visit www.gwinnetteconomicdevelopment.com. More...
Have you ever wondered why a fire truck responds to your medical emergency, why the County has a SPLOST program, or how clean water gets to your house? The Gwinnett 101: Citizens Academy can help answer those questions and more.
Gwinnett County Government is accepting applications for the Spring 2016 class of Gwinnett 101: Citizens Academy. It’s a free program that seeks to develop and nurture informed and engaged residents, students, and business owners in Gwinnett. Class members will get a first-hand glimpse of how the County works and build a network with others who live, work, and learn in Gwinnett County.
Classes will be held on Thursday evenings from 6:00pm to 9:00pm beginning with an orientation on April 12 and ending with graduation and recognition by the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday, June 28.
Residents who are interested in participating in the program must be at least 18 years old and be a resident and/or business owner in Gwinnett or attend a Gwinnett college or university. They must also have an interest in learning about county government and be able to attend all sessions. Class size is limited to 30 participants who will be chosen by a selection committee.
Applications are available online at www.gwinnett101.com and must be received by Tuesday, March 1 in order to participate in the Spring 2016 session.
For more information about Gwinnett 101, visit www.gwinnett101.com or contact Nicole Love Hendrickson at firstname.lastname@example.org. More...
(Lawrenceville, Ga., February 4, 2016) — Colton Woodring, a seventh-grade student at North Gwinnett Middle School, was recognized January 19 by the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners for his winning essay on preventing stormwater pollution. The contest, sponsored by the Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District (Metro Water District), challenged thousands of middle school students to think about the conservation and protection of water resources in metro Atlanta. The winners were announced at an awards ceremony at the Georgia state Capitol in December.
This year’s contest focused on stormwater pollution, asking “Why is stormwater pollution a problem, and what can you do to prevent it?” Nearly 2,000 students from across the region submitted essays in response. Colton’s first-place essay, titled “Where is My Stormwater?” looks at ways everyone can contribute to keeping our water clean.
“We are very proud to have the winning essay writer come from Gwinnett County,” said Heather Moody, Public Education and Outreach Specialist at Gwinnett County Department of Water Resources. “Seeing the young people in our community learning about and sharing information on our water resources is very fulfilling.”
Gwinnett County is one of the 15 metro counties that comprise the Metro Water District. The essay contest is one of many initiatives conducted by the Metro Water District to raise awareness about conservation efforts and preservation of water quality in metro Atlanta. Visit www.DWRconserve.com to learn more about water conservation in Gwinnett. More...
(Lawrenceville, Ga., Feb. 4, 2016) – The Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday approved funds enabling the Gwinnett Place Community Improvement District to study mobility and connectivity improvements in the area.
The County has agreed to provide $25,000 toward the CID’s study of potential enhancements to the intersection of Satellite Boulevard and Pleasant Hill Road associated with the ACTivate Gwinnett Place master plan and another $50,000 to explore pedestrian and cycling connections between McDaniel Farm Park and activity centers in the greater Gwinnett Place area. The studies will analyze the feasibility, scope, impact and cost of various types of improvements.
District 1 Commissioner Jace Brooks said, “I’m thankful that my fellow commissioners continue to place such a high priority on the redevelopment of the Gwinnett Place area. Once these studies are complete, we look forward to determining how to begin implementing these needed improvements as quickly as possible.”
The CID is also contributing funds for the studies. “Gwinnett Place CID is grateful for the continued investment in planning for the future of the Gwinnett Place area,” said Gwinnett Place CID Executive Director Joe Allen. “This partnership between Gwinnett County and the CID is vital for the continued success of Gwinnett’s central business district.”
Gwinnett County’s contribution is coming from the 2014 SPLOST. For additional information about SPLOST-funded road improvement projects, please visit www.gwinnettSPLOST.com. More...
(Lawrenceville, Ga., Feb. 4, 2016) – Gwinnett commissioners on Tuesday celebrated the start of a new project to build a new morgue and medical examiner’s office. The morgue space will have three state-of- the art autopsy stations plus a laboratory and space for evidence processing and storage.
“I’ll begin by expressing my thanks to the voters of Gwinnett County for their support of the current SPLOST program, which is providing $5.7 million for this facility,” said Board Chairman Charlotte Nash. “We look forward to having the morgue in the same building as our Medical Examiner to not only conduct autopsies and investigations but also to accommodate the relatives and friends of the deceased at a very difficult time in their lives.”
The 15,000-square-foot facility will be built on 5.6 acres the County owns at 320 Hurricane Shoals Road in Lawrenceville. It will have office space for the Medical Examiner, medical staff, investigators and administrative staff along with a family conference room and respite area.
District 4 Commissioner John Heard said, “The standards by which we construct each county building show our commitment to long-range planning and the responsible use of resources for facilities that are necessary, sustainable and useful to our taxpayers.”
McKnight Construction Company Inc. is building the facility, with an estimated completion date of spring 2017. The building was designed by Precision Planning Inc. to achieve LEED certification through the U.S. Green Building Council. The facility will be designed with energy and water efficient fixtures and will be built using environmentally friendly practices and materials.
The medical examiner conducts death investigations, including postmortem examinations of bodies, in order to determine cause and manner of death in cases that meet certain criteria as defined under state law, such as sudden or suspicious deaths. More...
(Lawrenceville, Ga., Feb. 3, 2016) – Following the success of two previous projects to save money by remounting existing ladders on new fire trucks, Gwinnett Fire and Emergency Services will save $323,000 by remounting eight ambulances onto new chassis. Commissioners approved the project, which is being funded by SPLOST, on Tuesday.
Fire Chief Casey Snyder said the lifetime warranty on the Life Line compartment modules will be continued and the units will be refurbished to new condition with updated equipment and technology for use by emergency responders. The department had previously saved $135,000 by reusing the aerial ladders from two old, high-maintenance fire trucks that were due for replacement.
In a separate action, the Board accepted a $255 donation of animal oxygen masks made by 11-year-old Julia Hicks, who chose to help animals involved in fires rather than receive birthday gifts this year. Her mother, Melinda Hicks, worked with the Emma Zen Foundation to provide three sets of animal oxygen masks that will be placed on Engine 16, Engine 17 and Engine 27. “This generous donation speaks well of Julia’s attitude and willingness to help the community,” said Snyder. More...
(Lawrenceville, Ga., Feb. 2, 2016) – A new gymnasium with a full-size basketball court and an elevated indoor track is coming to George Pierce Park, located at 55 Buford Highway in Suwanee. Gwinnett commissioners approved a $3.2 million construction contract with Headley Construction Company on Tuesday using funds from the SPLOST program.
The 18,212-square-foot facility is an addition to the existing Community Recreation Center that provides year-round recreational programming and includes the Prime Timers Pointe wing that supports recreational programs and services for senior citizens. Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners Chairman Charlotte Nash said, “This project is a great use of the voter-approved SPLOST and supports the recreational needs of our community, particularly seniors who are looking forward to using the elevated indoor walking track.”
The basketball court will have two overlay courts for volleyball and badminton. The indoor walking/running track will be the County’s second. The first one was built at Lucky Shoals Park in the Norcross area. District 1 Commissioner Jace Brooks said, “This new gym will greatly enhance youth sports programming for youth athletic associations in northern Gwinnett.”
The popular 304-acre park already features a football field, five soccer fields, nine baseball/softball fields and more than three miles of trails. More...
(Lawrenceville, Ga., Feb. 2, 2016) – Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. To prevent heart disease and increase awareness of its effects, Live Healthy Gwinnett is proudly participating in American Heart Month. Healthy changes can lead to lower risks of developing heart disease, and those who already have heart disease should control and prevent risk factors. “We are excited to collaborate with multiple community partners this month to offer programs that educate our residents on the importance of lowering their risk of heart disease by being active and eating healthy”, said Tina Fleming, Division Director of Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation.
Throughout the month, Live Healthy Gwinnett will be highlighting tips for Heart Health during the various events scheduled. Walk the Talk on Saturday, Feb. 6 at Bogan Park at 9 a.m. will be led by Harken Health and Saturday, Feb. 20 at Rhodes Jordan Park at 9 a.m. led by Gwinnett Medical Center’s Chest Pain Specialist. Heart Healthy shopping and cooking classes will be on Saturday, Feb. 13 at Pinckneyville Park Community Recreation Center at 9 a.m. led by UGA Extension and on Saturday, Feb. 27 at Mountain Park Activity Building at 9 a.m. led by Start With The Inside. All programs are free to attend and open to all ages.
Live Healthy Gwinnett is always seeking community partnerships who share in the mission of promoting positive change in the Gwinnett Community. For more information visit livehealthygwinnett.com or contact Lindsey Jorstad at email@example.com. More...