(GWINNETT- METRO ATLANTA) April 20, 2015—Partnership Gwinnett, Gwinnett County’s economic and community development initiative, announced it has raised $1.8 million from private sector investors in its 2014 campaign to fund the acceleration of its five-year economic growth strategy to recruit, retain and help expand businesses, attract, educate and retain workforce talent, and improve quality of life for county residents.  The funds raised represent a greater than 50 percent increase over previous campaigns.

A campaign victory and recognition event was held on April 15 to thank the campaign leadership for their work in making the campaign a success.

“We would not have had such a successful campaign without the depth of knowledge and experience that these business and community leaders bring to the campaign,” said Randy Dellinger, Partnership Gwinnett Campaign Chair and District Manager for Jackson EMC. “The Partnership Gwinnett campaign is proof that an operational and financial public-private partnership is the best approach to achieving sustainable growth in our community.  We are extremely grateful to all of our investors.”

Dellinger along with Nick Masino, Senior Vice President for Gwinnett Chamber Economic Development & Partnership Gwinnett, credited Amity Farrar and Sean Mikula of Atlanta-based fundraising firm POWER 10 for their excellent management of the campaign.

Masino said, “The goal of Partnership Gwinnett is simple: we want to increase direct investment in Gwinnett County while seeking opportunities for our existing industries to expand.  Partnership Gwinnett assisted in the expansion or recruitment of 186 businesses since its inception in 2007 and facilitated more than $1 billion in capital investment and the creation of more than 14,000 new jobs. Gwinnett has established itself as an attractive environment in which businesses invest and create new jobs.  And with the generous support of our partners, Partnership Gwinnett will continue to maintain our reputation as one of the best place in the Southeast to live and do business.”

The Partnership Gwinnett campaign advisory and operations committee members recognized include: Randy Dellinger (Jackson EMC), J. Michael Levengood (Law Office of J. Michael Levengood, LLC), Taylor Anderson (Blue Landworks), Lisa Anders (Explore Gwinnett), Tom Andersen (Andersen, Tate & Carr, P.C.), Houston Bass (BB&T), Jimmy Burnette (City of Suwanee – Gwinnett Municipal Association), Bryan Cohen (Quantum Bank), Jill Edwards (Wells Fargo), Richard Fairey (BrandBank), Karen Fine (Primerica), Terry Fox (Fox Building Company), Jodie Huiet (AGL Resources/Atlanta Gas Light), Doug Jenkins (Georgia Power), Tim Le (Atlanta Maxim Realty), John Martin (Gwinnett Community Bank), Tom Martin (Gwinnett Community Bank), Charlotte Nash (Gwinnett County Board of Commissions), Tony Parker (Pond & Company), Trey Ragsdale (Kaiser Permanente), Raymer Sale (E2E Resources), Tom Shepherd (Gwinnett Medical Center), Bill Sloan (Pond & Company), Sam Stiteler (MetroPower), Don Swift (Andersen, Tate & Carr, P.C.), Annie Valenty (Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta), Phil Wolfe (Gwinnett Medical Center), Chuck Warbington (Gwinnett Village CID), J. Alvin Wilbanks (Gwinnett County Public Schools) and Li Wong (Asian Times).