Pictured above: (left) Barry Matherly, IEDC Board Chair, (center) Mark Farmer, Gwinnett Economic Development Director of Entrepreneurship and Information Services and (right) Gregory Hitchin, IEDC Awards Committee Chair

(GWINNETT- METRO ATLANTA) September 28, 2016 – The International Economic Development Council recognized Partnership Gwinnett, an initiative of Gwinnett Economic Development, with a silver award of Excellence in their 2016 Multi-Year Economic Development Program category. This award acknowledges continued programs that include business improvement districts, special improvement districts, workforce investments boards, redevelopment agencies, and local economic development corporations.

Chris Carr, Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Economic Development, stated, “We would like to congratulate our partners in Gwinnett on being presented with this prestigious award. Their dedication to promoting economic development has made a major impact on the region, and we look forward to our continued partnership and collaboration.”

IEDC’s Excellence in Economic Development Awards recognize the world’s best economic development programs and partnerships, marketing materials, and the year’s most influential leaders. The award was presented yesterday at the 2016 IEDC Annual Conference in Cleveland, Ohio. Mark Farmer, Director of Entrepreneurship and Information Services, accepted the award on behalf of the Gwinnett Economic Development team.

“This award of excellence further acknowledges the progressive approach to economic development that Partnership Gwinnett represents and the significant contribution that it makes to the economic strength of Gwinnett County,” said Gwinnett County Commissioners Chair, Charlotte Nash.

Partnership Gwinnett, a public-private organization dedicated to maintaining Gwinnett’s status as Georgia’s premiere location to live, work and play, was created in 2006 as an initiative of the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce. Gwinnett Economic Development’s current Partnership Gwinnett strategy will wrap up at the end of 2016 and the new five-year strategy, PG 3.0, which was completed in August of this year, will take effect in January of 2017.

“We are incredibly honored to accept this award on behalf of our community partners,” said Nick Masino, Chief Economic Development Officer at Gwinnett Chamber & Partnership Gwinnett. “We work hand-in-hand with our public and private sector partners to improve and promote the economic vitality of Gwinnett County and we look forward to the continuation of those efforts through the implementation of PG 3.0 over the next five years.”

Gwinnett Economic Development’s PG initiative has been previously recognized with an Award of Excellence from the IEDC in 2010. They were also awarded the 2012 Gold IEDC Award of Excellence for Entrepreneurship and the 2014 IEDC Award of Excellence for Responding to Globalization.

“Gwinnett Economic Development and Partnership Gwinnett have created a successful strategy in promoting the economic development opportunities and assets this community provides,” said Mike Levengood, Founder, Law Office of J. Michael Levengood LLC. “I applaud and congratulate PG on their recognizable efforts as an organization taking charge to improve the quality of life in Gwinnett.”

About Gwinnett Economic Development
Gwinnett Chamber Economic Development globally markets Gwinnett as the premier location in metro Atlanta and the State of Georgia for growing and conducting business. By encouraging investment and trade into the county through relocation and expansion assistance, the organization works with local and regional partners to bring advanced manufacturing, corporate headquarters, health sciences and services, information technology and supply chain management to the community. Home to FORTUNE 500 and 1000 companies, Gwinnett County hosts a wide range of businesses from industry giants, to international companies and homegrown startups. Success lives here- www.gwinnetteconomicdevelopment.com.

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