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SEPTEMBER 20-22

Past Visits

The purpose of the Gwinnett Chamber’s Strategic Leadership Visit is to take a select group of both Gwinnett’s and the region’s leaders in government, business and education to other metro counties and regions to explore innovative ideas and programs which have helped to build partnerships to impact positive community change. This also fulfills an important ongoing objective of the community’s Partnership Gwinnett long-term economic and community development strategy.

Previous visits to Nashville, Miami and Boston have exposed participants to a wide range of ideas and practices for economic and community development. Equally important, the visits have created new networks among business and civic leaders in Gwinnett and metro Atlanta – connections vital for implementing lessons learned upon return to Georgia.

2016: Houston, TX

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2016: Houston, TX

Exuding a cosmopolitan yet down-home vibe, our country’s fourth largest city is home to 25 Fortune 500 companies, the renowned Texas Medical Center, the largest medical center in the world, and, of course, NASA. In this ideal destination, demographically similar to our own, we will explore innovation in economic and community development that has contributed to the city’s success. Designated one of the 10 greenest cities in the nation, Houston offers a pleasant quality of life and transformational strides in entrepreneurship, technology,...

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2015: Boston, MA

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2015: Boston, MA

At the forefront of New England’s economic, cultural and civic innovation, the city of Boston epitomizes positive community change and development. Since its incorporation as a city in 1822, Boston is rich with economic and social history, as well as considered the pioneer of positive change in the Western world. As a result, Boston is home to over 617,000 residents, numerous cultural and business organizations, many of the world’s finest hospitals and world- renown institutions of higher education such as Massachusetts Institute of...

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2014: Greater Miami, FL

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2014: Greater Miami, FL

With year-round mild climates, miles of sandy beaches dotted with classic Art Deco architecture and a glittering nightlife, Miami Beach ranks among America’s most iconic cosmopolitan cities. Miami streets are busy with many districts, trendy nightlife, attractions and stars and personalities from around the world. Home to the Miami Heat, Dolphins and Marlins, as well as the University of Miami Hurricanes (among other colleges and universities), Miami caters to sports fans from around the globe. Featuring some of the world’s top golf, tennis...

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2013: Nashville, TN

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2013: Nashville, TN

September 25–27 Nashville is a thriving city filled with risk-takers. Positive energy and camaraderie fuel the spirit of the region. Every day, people find new ways to take advantage of opportunities offered, to make something from nothing, to make their mark, to realize their dreams. The economy of the Nashville area is consistently one of the most dynamic, diverse and resilient in the U.S. Due to the region’s many positive attributes, business growth and success routinely outpace that of the state or the nation. Data show that...

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2012: Metro Austin, TX

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2012: Metro Austin, TX

September 26–29 Why Williamson County and Gwinnett County? Williamson County, Texas was identified as one of Gwinnett’s three strong comparison communities in the Market Street Services economic development study for Partnership Gwinnett in 2011.  Williamson County mirrors the dynamism of Gwinnett’s economy and the diversity of its population. The two markets are similar in that they have research that specifically identifies competitive markets, target clusters and a detailed marketing assessment that drives their economic development...

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2011: San Francisco, CA

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2011: San Francisco, CA

A Message from San Francisco Mayor Edwin M. Lee Dear business and community leaders of Gwinnett, On behalf of the City and County of San Francisco, it is with great pleasure that I welcome business and community leaders of Gwinnett to our beautiful ‘City by the Bay.’ A worldrenowned, international city, San Francisco proudly celebrates diversity and multiculturalism as a way of life. We lead the way in job creation, innovation, education, healthcare and protecting the environment as we were recently named the greenest city of North America....

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2010: Metro Chicago, IL

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2010: Metro Chicago, IL

From Chicagoland Chamber President Gerry Roper: Accept the reality of doing business in the global marketplace Evolve, Adapt, and Reinvent your company, organization and community to succeed in the future or you will die. Chicagoland Chamber’s “Competitive Agenda” (mirrors our own Partnership Gwinnett Plan) and drives their strategic plan and makes them more than a “chicken on a stick and a glass of wine” chamber. It includes: Inspire the Entrepreneurial Spirit Increase Exports Encourage Education and Achievement in Young & Old Market...

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2009: Metro Denver, CO

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2009: Metro Denver, CO

The most striking observation was the fact that many of the region’s most successful initiatives that have been instrumental in Denver’s rise as one of the nation’s premier communities were spawned put of the economic crisis of the oil bust in the mid 80s. That revelation can serve as an inspiration to us here in Gwinnett and metro Atlanta as we weather one of the worst economic recessions in decades.   PUBLIC SCHOOL: Denver Public School’s successful implementation of providing more autonomy for schools in exchange for heightened...

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2008: Research Triangle in NC

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2008: Research Triangle in NC

Imagine Georgia’s Innovation Crescent stretching from Atlanta to Athens (with Gwinnett at its heart) being mentioned in the same breath as the renowned Research Triangle among global site consultants. Imagine a regional Outer Loop that would cut commute times in half and dramatically reduce clogged traffic on I-285. Imagine once blighted or abandoned neighborhoods in southern Gwinnett becoming some of the Atlanta region’s hottest new live, work, play communities that become the hub for our region’s “creative class” and where the tax base in...

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2007: Collin County, TX & the Telecom Corridor

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2007: Collin County, TX & the Telecom Corridor

Imagine commuting from Gwinnett to downtown Atlanta during Friday morning rush hour in only 30 minutes. Imagine Gwinnett as the home of a 22,000 – seat soccer stadium surrounded by soccer fields that would annually draw more visitors than most major league football teams do during a season. Imagine a minor league baseball stadium that caters specifically to family-friendly communities like Gwinnett. Imagine Gwinnett as ground zero for a biotech corridor that becomes internationally known for its density of life science and technology...

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2006: Fairfax County, VA

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2006: Fairfax County, VA

OPPORTUNITIES: Why Fairfax County? For years, Fairfax has topped the list of national and international rankings as one of the best places to live work and play in the nation. They enjoy a school system that has the highest graduation rate in the nation. Their economic development agency has offices in five countries, more than many states. The per capita income in Fairfax County is $58,266—one of the highest in the U.S. In comparison, Gwinnett’s average is $30,570. Ninety-two percent of residents age 25 and older are high school graduates...

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