(GWINNETT-METRO ATLANTA) October 6, 2016 – Partnership Gwinnett, in conjunction with The Council for Quality Growth, announced the winners of the 2016 MARS Awards, presented today at the annual Metro Atlanta Redevelopment Summit at the Studio Movie Grill in Duluth.

Presented by Georgia Power, the Metro Atlanta Redevelopment Summit is the premiere redevelopment event in the region, bringing together more than 200 developers, commercial real estate brokers, elected officials, business leaders and community development experts. The summit offered an inside look at the region’s current redevelopment projects, as well as information on trends and best practices in the industry.

“Redevelopment plays a major role in the vitality and prosperity of our region,” stated Gwinnett County Commission Chair, Charlotte Nash. “We’re excited to have an opportunity to join together with our regional partners, discuss the current redevelopment trends in metro Atlanta, and celebrate the projects and individuals that are making an impact in the metro Atlanta region.”

The MARS Awards recognize outstanding redevelopment projects in the region, along with two individuals for their dedication and successful work in redevelopment in metro Atlanta.

“We recognize the importance of redevelopment initiatives in the metro region, and the impact they have on economic development,” said Doug Jenkins, the Metro North Region Manager for Georgia Power Company. “We believe the Metro Atlanta Redevelopment Summit is a key factor in promoting and encouraging the region’s redevelopment projects and we are pleased to be the presenting sponsor.”

Partnership Gwinnett presented the following awards recognizing redevelopment projects in our region:

2016 Neighborhood Redevelopment Award – Parsons Alley, City of Duluth

2016 Community Redevelopment Award – City Springs, City of Sandy Springs

2016 Regional Redevelopment Award – Suburban Plaza, DeKalb County

The last award presented at this year’s MARS, the 2016 Redevelopment Champion of the Year, recognized two individuals’ dedication and success in redevelopment. Partnership Gwinnett awarded Jim Durrett, Executive Director at the Buckhead Community Improvement District, and Denise Starling, Executive Director at Livable Buckhead, as co-winners for leading an exemplary effort in redevelopment in metro Atlanta this year.

“We were excited to once again have the opportunity to co-host this year’s summit along with Partnership Gwinnett,” said Michael Paris, President and CEO of the Council for Quality Growth. “We have found the involvement and partnership to be extremely valuable in continuing the efforts to promote redevelopment on a metro-wide scale and we congratulate this year’s award recipients.”

“The projects and individuals recognized today exhibit the type of innovation that will keep our region competitive,” said Nick Masino, Chief Economic Development Officer at Partnership Gwinnett. “It’s important that our regional partners have a forum to come together where we can learn from each other and celebrate the progress of our region.”

About Partnership Gwinnett
Partnership 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. Fueled by the support of over one hundred companies, municipalities, Gwinnett County, K-12 and higher education systems, the mission of Partnership Gwinnett is to strengthen the community’s diverse economy to compete in the global marketplace and position Gwinnett as the premiere place to live, work and play.

About the Council for Quality Growth
The Council for Quality Growth, a not-for-profit trade association, is the only organization that works every day to ensure the Metro Atlanta region’s regulatory environment supports quality growth and development. As the only advocacy organization that operates broadly across the growth and development industry, the Council for Quality Growth brings together and advocates for those who work at the intersection of public policy and private investment. The Council addresses, head-on, strategic economic planning, infrastructure needs and tough quality-of-life issues throughout the metro Atlanta region and state and is proactively involved in the formulation of policy and legislation critical to the industry. http://www.councilforqualitygrowth.org

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