During election years, people pay more attention to government spending at all levels. Here in Gwinnett, my fellow commissioners and I have been working for over three years now to achieve more transparency and accountability in our financial operations.

As spring turns to summer, we all look forward to getting outside more often for fresh air and exercise. Your county government offers many ways to help you do that.

Charlotte J. Nash, Chairman Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners

The first full week in April is National Volunteer Week, so this seems a good time to share a story of how one volunteer can make a real difference in helping local government operate more efficiently.

Spring officially begins on March 20 – and only a few weeks later, 81 golf pros will return to TPC Sugarloaf for the PGA’s Greater Gwinnett Championship. But today I want to write about snow and ice and planning ahead for emergencies.

I have always been a big believer in long-range planning. It works for individuals as well as for the government. Where do you want to be in five years? Ten years? What do you need to make that happen? What can you do now to start moving in that direction?