The Power of Partnership

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Gwinnett has relocated two high quality Fortune 500 corporate headquarters to our community in less than a year. That is a unique accomplishment in economic development circles.

Of course, I am highlighting the recent recruitment of NCR”s Global Headquarters to Duluth, that, along with their previous expansion last fall, will add more than 1,500 new jobs to the Gwinnett community with average salaries of more than $70,000. This historic announcement follows last summer”s relocation of the corporate headquarters of Fortune 500 Asbury Automotive Group from New York.

This would not have happened without the teamwork fostered by the Gwinnett Chamber”s region-wide economic development strategy titled Partnership Gwinnett. It demonstrates the power of partnership. Plus, much of this credit goes to the real heroes working behind the scenes on our job creation efforts, because successes like these require long-term planning and investments.

  • First, I”d like to applaud Chairman Charles Bannister and the Gwinnett County Commissioners and County Administrator Jock Connell who had the vision and foresight to create an aggressive economic development program and strategy with targeted incentives that makes Gwinnett competitive with peer communities.
  • Second, the leadership of our educational systems from the Gwinnett County and Buford Public School Systems and the numerous private school systems to the colleges of: Gwinnett Technical College, Georgia Gwinnett College, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and the UGA Gwinnett Campus. An educated workforce was one of the top reasons NCR Chairman and CEO Bill Nuti cited for relocating to Gwinnett from Ohio.
  • Thirdly, our mayors, city council members, city managers and CID”s who work tirelessly to re-invest and improve our many wonderful cities and town centers, ensuring a pro-business environment with a great quality of life.
  • Of course, Governor Perdue, the Gwinnett Legislative Delegation and our state leaders that supported the Chamber when we advocated for the recent passage of House Bill 439. That bill, pushed by Governor Perdue, was designed to position Georgia as an aggressive competitor for economic development projects by providing valuable tax credits and incentives for strategic, high-growth industries that create quality jobs.
  • And finally, all of the Chamber”s private investors and economic development allies, including the Georgia Department of Economic Development lead by Ken Stewart. They provided the resources, guidance, networks and expertise needed to turn the dream of an announcement like NCR”s into a reality.

Now, let”s really make a statement and focus our energies on Fortune 500 relocation number three!

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