Partnership Gwinnett Holds Community and Economic Development Summit

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Reports annual successes and continued job growth

(GWINNETT- METRO ATLANTA) November 15, 2013—Partnership Gwinnett and Gwinnett Chamber Economic Development hosted its 6th annual Partnership Gwinnett Community and Economic Development Summit on Friday at Gwinnett Technical College. Presented by T-Mobile, the event was attended by more than 175 community and business leaders. Sessions focused on growing trends, best practices, and opportunities for growth in entrepreneurship, manufacturing, education and leadership.

“Through the collaborative efforts of our businesses and community leaders, Gwinnett County has experienced a year of growth, prosperity and achievement. Partnership Gwinnett has proven to be an essential part in this success and will continue to be going forward,” stated Gwinnett County Commission Chairman Charlotte Nash, who delivered opening remarks.

Since October 2012, Partnership Gwinnett’s efforts have resulted in 18 project wins and more than 1,200 jobs for the community. During this time, the Partnership Gwinnett team conducted more than 100 existing industry visits; facilitated the corporate headquarters location of National DCP from the Greater Boston area, adding 125 new jobs; and joined WIKA Instrument, LP to announce its corporate headquarters expansion, creating 250 new jobs.

The initiative also led efforts to develop the Gwinnett Community Profiles: Re[Development] Ready book, identifying top redevelopment sites across the County, as well as the printing and distribution of the Gwinnett Entrepreneur Resource Guide, a companion piece to

“Partnership Gwinnett continues to produce positive results that support our reputation as one of the best places in the Southeast to do business,” stated Carla Carraway, President of Precision Planning, Inc. and 2013 Partnership Gwinnett Chairman. “On behalf of Partnership Gwinnett, I would like to thank its numerous public and private partners for their support, collaboration and dedication.”

The initiative premiered two supporting publications in conjunction with the annual Summit – the Partnership Gwinnett Annual Report and the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s Gwinnett Market Report. Both pieces highlight Gwinnett’s wins in job growth, entrepreneurship, global business, and redevelopment, as well as the County’s impact in metro Atlanta and the region at large.

The first session, “Transforming Passion to Profit: Entrepreneurial Success,” featured a panel of entrepreneurs and small business owners then shared their stories of successfully starting, growing, and flourishing a business in Gwinnett County. Among the companies represented were Foresite Group, The Aspen Brands Company, and Insight Sourcing Group.

The second session, “Transforming an Industry: The Rebirth of Manufacturing,” introduced participants to the innovative manufacturing practices of Gwinnett companies, as well as an overview of the community’s efforts to grow, attract, and retain talent in this industry. Panelists included executives from Euramax, Rehrig Pacific Company and Suniva.

The final session, “Transformative Learning: Educating the Future Workforce,” featured panelists from Gwinnett’s PreK to PhD educational institutions, including Gwinnett County Public Schools, Gwinnett Technical College , Georgia Gwinnett College and Georgia-PCOM. The roundtable discussion centered on Gwinnett’s endeavors to educate, prepare, and train students from Pre-K to PhD to be the County’s future workforce.

The keynote address, “Transformative Leadership,” featured Jonas Prising, President of ManpowerGroup, who shared how companies can secure the best young talent to ensure a competitive advantage in the business community.
As the Presenting Sponsor of the event, T-Mobile was one of many businesses and organizations to support the annual event.

“T-Mobile is proud to be the presenting sponsor of the annual Partnership Gwinnett Summit for a fifth consecutive year,” stated Ann Brooks of T-Mobile Engineering, South Region. “Building on the belief that wireless service is integral to the economic success of all communities, we are excited to support Partnership Gwinnett’s efforts in metro Atlanta. Recent studies indicate that investing in wireless broadband access infrastructure almost immediately stimulates job and income growth. Robust wireless networks enable communities to thrive, and T-Mobile continues to invest in Gwinnett County and nationwide.”

Additional sponsors and supporters included Cisco, Gwinnett Village Community Improvement District, Jackson Electric Membership Corporation, Wells Fargo, Gwinnett Medical Center, BB&T, the City of Lawrenceville, Andersen, Tate & Carr, Evermore Community Improvement District, LAN Systems, Millennium Mat Company, and Gwinnett Technical College.

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