4 Sound Bites From Area Leaders

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We asked five area leaders what’s hot, what’s on the horizon, and what just needs to get done in terms of economic development. Here’s what they said:


“We’ve got to continue to focus on our five target industries: advanced manufacturing; supply chain and logistics; IT solutions; health sciences and services; and professional and corporate headquarters.”

Dan Kaufman, Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce President

“If you look at the many things that drive economic development, they require a strong education system. It has been said, and I agree, that good schools build better communities.”

J. Alvin Wilbanks, Gwinnett County Public Schools Superintendent

“Our goal is to ensure that we are able to provide not only a qualified workforce that meets the needs of the region’s business and industry, but to also ensure a sustainable workforce. Our core responsibility is one word: jobs.”

D. Glen Cannon, Gwinnett Tech President

“Tourism is the best kind of economic development. Our job is to put heads in beds. To get people to come here, spend the night, eat, dine and shop. They come here, spend their money and leave, without straining Gwinnett’s infrastructure.”

Lisa Anders, Explore Gwinnett Executive Director