With the close of 2016, Partnership Gwinnett, a public-private economic development initiative, has reached a couple of milestones. It is celebrating its 10-year anniversary and, in January, launches into its third five-year strategic plan.
Since 2007, Partnership Gwinnett has worked 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. Every day, a team of dedicated professionals work to drive the mission of Partnership Gwinnett to strengthen the economic vitality of the community. However, this job is not one that can be accomplished alone. It takes a strong community of public and private partners, like the Gwinnett Place Community Improvement District (CID) to successfully implement the County’s vision.
The Gwinnett Place CID has become a hub in Gwinnett County where jobs, entertainment and a rich diversity come together to create a unique and thriving community. On any given day on Pleasant Hill Road you will find a corporate executive running out for their next meeting, a foreign-born business owner preparing for their day’s work and young professionals grabbing lunch at their favorite restaurant. This eclectic mix, combined with Gwinnett Place CID’s prime location along metro Atlanta’s I-85, makes it an ideal location for companies to thrive.
Throughout Partnership Gwinnett’s history we have worked with the Gwinnett Place CID on numerous relocation and expansion projects. In the past two years alone, we have worked to create 1,000 new jobs and $22,000,000 in capital investment to the area. These projects include the expansion of Hollis Cobb’s regional headquarters and the new north Georgia regional headquarters for Hendrick Automotive Group.
Our work with the Gwinnett Place CID extends beyond traditional economic development and includes a focus on community development, specifically redevelopment efforts. The Partnership Gwinnett Redevelopment Taskforce is comprised of local economic development professionals, as well as community and regional partners. The Gwinnett Place CID has been an integral piece of this taskforce from the beginning and they continue to help drive initiatives to revitalize the Gwinnett community.
Since the inception of Partnership Gwinnett, the Gwinnett Place area has been recognized as an economic driver and cornerstone for our community. Through our close partnership with the staff at the Gwinnett Place CID we will continue to advance the economic vitality of the Gwinnett Place area and be a champion for the diverse assets that this flourishing community has to offer.
Nick Masino is the Chief Economic Development Officer – Gwinnett Chamber Economic Development and Partnership Gwinnett. Nick oversees the business recruitment and retention efforts for Gwinnett, as well as the implementation of the Partnership Gwinnett Strategy.