(GWINNETT-METRO ATLANTA) October 24, 2019 – Partnership Gwinnett, in collaboration with The Council for Quality Growth, announced the winners of the 2019 Metro Atlanta Redevelopment Summit (MARS) Awards today at the annual event held at the Studio Movie Grill in Duluth.

Presented by Georgia Power, the Metro Atlanta Redevelopment Summit is the premier redevelopment event in the Atlanta region, bringing together more than 300 developers, commercial real estate brokers, elected officials, business leaders and community development experts. The summit offers guests an exclusive look at the region’s current redevelopment projects as well as insight into trends and best practices in the industry.

“Redevelopment is an important topic across the entire metro area,” said Gwinnett County Commission Chair Charlotte Nash. “This event provides the forum for important conversations surrounding redevelopment and revitalization and honors those who are leading the way.”

The MARS Awards recognize outstanding redevelopment projects in the region, along with one individual, for their commitment and exceptional redevelopment work in metro Atlanta.

“Georgia Power is honored to return as the Presenting Sponsor of the Metro Atlanta Redevelopment Summit,” said Doug Jenkins, Metro North Region Manager for Georgia Power Company. “The projects and individuals recognized today exhibit the type of innovation that will keep our region competitive.”

Partnership Gwinnett and the Council for Quality Growth presented the following winners and runners-up recognizing redevelopment projects in our region:

The final award presented at this year’s MARS, the 2019 Redevelopment Champion of the Year, recognized one individuals’ dedication and success in redevelopment. The award was given to Lyn Menne, Assistant City Manager in Decatur. With over 36 years of service in Decatur, Menne has been an integral piece of Decatur’s “overnight success” story and often regarded as the most critical leader in Decatur becoming a national topic of conversation in city planning and revitalization.

“We are proud to have been a part of the Metro Atlanta Redevelopment Summit for many years,” said Michael Paris, President & CEO at Council for Quality Growth. “It means a lot to see public and private partners from across the metro region coming together to support and foster smart redevelopment in our community and we’re already looking forward to next year.”

“The Metro Atlanta Redevelopment Summit is one of our largest events bringing together over 300 attendees,” said Andrew Carnes, Vice President of Economic Development at Partnership Gwinnett. “We are honored to host this program and bring together so many influential leaders in the development world.”

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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.

Media Contact
Haley Tolbert | htolbert@partnershipgwinnett.com | 770.232.1174