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.

Lifeguards and other staff members at Gwinnett County’s aquatics facilities have spent weeks preparing special games, activities, and prizes to mark Swim Safely Week at all County-operated indoor and outdoor pools starting on the Fourth of July.

You may not have noticed, but the Gwinnett Animal Shelter has staged a dramatic turnaround over the past few years. A newfound spirit and enthusiasm for helping animals has spread quickly from the staff to the many volunteers and rescue groups who keep the place running on a daily basis.

Over the next 13 years, baby boomers will be reaching retirement age in record numbers, growing to more than 20 percent of America’s population by 2029.