Economic development: growing the local economy
By Charlotte J. Nash, Chairman
Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners
My fellow commissioners and I often talk about our vision for Gwinnett County’s future. One of our shared goals is to make Gwinnett a place where our children and grandchildren will want to live, work, learn, and play.
I suspect that is also the hope of many other parents and grandparents who reside here.
We recognize that people choose to put down roots in Gwinnett for our excellent schools, great housing options, and abundant recreation opportunities. We also see that employers are following the people as they look for great employees who want jobs close to home.
Part of our role as commissioners is to create the environment that will attract those companies to invest in our local economy and produce more high quality jobs for local residents. For that reason, we are committed to building and maintaining solid infrastructure and providing amenities that contribute to a great quality of life.
The Board of Commissioners also supports the efforts of Partnership Gwinnett, a public-private initiative that actively focuses on recruiting and retaining domestic and international businesses of all sizes, especially in targeted sectors of advanced manufacturing, headquarters and professional services, health sciences and services, information technology solutions, and supply chain management. In addition, we maintain a small in-house economic development staff to analyze economic impacts and recommend incentive packages in accordance with criteria specified in the Gwinnett County Economic Devel-opment Ordinance.
Speaking as someone who gets invited to many groundbreakings and grand openings, I can tell you that a lot of new jobs are being created here every month by new or existing businesses. But it’s not just about jobs.
Economic development is also about the economy. When businesses locate or grow in Gwinnett, they make substantial investments in the local economy. They buy land. They build or renovate buildings. They pay taxes. Those dollars ripple through the community as architects and construction workers buy groceries and take care of their families. Dollars that come from outside our community expand our local economy.
Employers relocating from somewhere else often bring some key employees with them, and that means more potential buyers for our homes and property. Newly arrived businesses need to find local vendors for everything from raw materials to office supplies. Many want to get involved in their new community by supporting local charities or donating to civic causes.
So my fellow commissioners and I plan to continue working hard to keep Gwinnett a preferred place to live and with our partners to seek new jobs and new investments for our community.