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The Grayson Arts and History Center will be opening soon with a renewed purpose in preserving the city's heritage through the art produced by local and regional artists and craftsmen. Applications are being accepted for those wishing to show and sell their art in the intimate setting of the Center. Gail Lane, Grayson's Community Development Director, says: "We want to showcase local artists and craftsmen as part of the Grayson experience. Art, gardening, and project classes are also being scheduled to bring out the "artist in each of us." Those interested in showing and selling art, or who have an interest in teaching a class, should contact Gail Lane at (770) 963-8017. The Center was once the Kennerly-Cox House, which was purchased in 2001 for the purposes of providing a venue for sharing and preserving Grayson's history while also promoting the arts in the Grayson community.

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Issue 14.87 | Feb. 6, 2015

TODAY'S FOCUS
:: Ideas from Norton's Native Intelligence Report

EEB'S PERSPECTIVE
:: Foyle's War in last episodes

DEBBIE HOUSTON
:: Deal should leave bus driver benefits alone

FEEDBACK
::
On the coyote population

UPCOMING
::
Suwanee's event calendar; Buford student

NOTABLE
::
Baggett is top adjunct instructure, more

IN THE SPOTLIGHT
:: GA-PCOM

RECOMMENDED
:: Send us a recommendation

QUOTE
:: About that memory ... loss

GEORGIA TIDBIT
:: 28th president spent formative years here

MYSTERY PHOTO
:: Check out this bridge

LAGNIAPPE
:: Duluth councilman recognized

 

TODAY'S FOCUS
Excerpts from Norton Native Intelligence Report for 2015
By FRANK NORTON
Special to Gwinnett Forum
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(Editor's note: Each year Gainesville Realtor Frank Norton puts together statistics and forecasts business activity for North Georgia in his Norton Native Intelligence report. Here is a short summary of his outlook for the region for 2015.)-eeb

GAINESVILLE, Ga., Feb. 6, 2015 -- People are strange, on a micro-level. Everybody likes a new product, a new television show, new software, a new smart phone. At the micro-level, people love change. At the macro-level, people hate change. Big, new ideas that challenge pre-conceptions make people angry.


Norton

Big, bold, bodacious ideas should push beyond a community's comfort zone, not sting nor hurt, but challenge the existing status quo.

Some of our big, bold ideas will step on leadership toes, go against current direction, and shift cultural and political convention. But for 87 years now, we've been swimming upstream.

1. Second home mecca

We're not just talking about the occasional second home purchase or mountain cabin construction; we're talking about an all-out-all-in second home marketing promotion mindset mecca for North Georgia. The base foundation has already been set; we have second homes throughout the North Georgia region but our geography is too compelling for us not to better capitalize on positioning.

2. Refocus our definition of work

The reality of getting a major industrial user, manufacturer, assemblage, or distribution center in downtown Cleveland, Clayton, Ellijay, and Dahlonega is slim to none.

We see big distribution laser focused on Interstate 85 in Jackson County, but the new era dynamics is that they will build or lease 500,000 to one million square feet and hire maybe 40 employees. The employees are programmers, pickers or logistics and the warehouse management is a computer in Hackensack.

Executive base entrepreneur-owners are our best chance to diversify and strengthen our business base. Companies like Pro Therapy, Mansfield Oil, and Select Labs take advantage of the close proximity to public and private air transport, adjacent to a metropolitan market but capitalize on the incredible lifestyle.

3. It's time to talk collaboration.

As we travel the hills and valleys of our region, we are amazed at the flashes of greatness, brilliance of ideas, energy, intelligence and creativity but dismayed at the turfdom that has been created between city versus city, city versus county, and county versus county, and the bogging down of those same ideas intelligence and creativity.

  • Why does Hall County have nine collective governments?;
  • Jackson nine collective governments?
  • Barrow nine collective governments?
  • (And Gwinnett? Up to 17 now.--eeb)

That means government on steroids, duplication of services; fire, police/sheriff, emergency responders, clerks, administration and general overhead. But sure, it's ok because they all have the revenue to support themselves. But, wait a minute that revenue is ours…ours. We currently have an epidemic or abundance of government.

4. Progressive preservation

What makes a community great? With the surge of growth which was anticipated by our gorilla, "Atlanta," and her twin sister, "Gwinnett," over the next 40 years, how does a community like North Georgia preserve (save) its soul. It's the sense of place.

Our bold challenge is to preserve our heritage, bottle that north Georgia spirit before it's too late.

5. Self sufficiency

The recent successful SPLOST transportation referendum in Forsyth County got us thinking, "Could we do the same for water?" So water, or lack of water, could equally strangle a local economy. Yes, we have Lake Lanier, but Atlanta claims it, as does Alabama and Florida.

Let's start digging our own destiny, take control of our future growth and dig and fill our way to business recruitment and economic vitality.

Bold ideas need strong leaders to execute them. It's time to recognize and fill the voids created when the current generation of leaders moves on. Bold leadership takes bold risks, with financial, personal and political capital to insure that something will be successful.

It's time to swim up stream.

ELLIOTT BRACK'S PERSPECTIVE
Foyle's War soon departing; it's the best television drama on today
By ELLIOTT BRACK
Editor and publisher
GwinnettForum.com | permalink

FEB. 6, 2015 -- It may be the best dramatic show, though low-key and without much explosive special effects, on television. But now we hear its run is ending.


Brack

We're talking about Foyle's War, the British series that many see on Public Broadcasting stations, and is also available through streaming on Netflix.

It's had a 13-year run, in seven different series through the years, but now has announced that the season recently seen in England, in January, will be the last. It is released through Acorn Television (via Netflix already, and eventually with the last episodes on PBS, seen here on Monday nights).

What makes Foyle's War so good are two elements: the acting of the key character, Michael Kitchen as Christopher Foyle, and the spot-on writing of the creator and author of the show, Anthony Horowitz.

Kitchen (right) portrays a police inspector in the seaside town of Hastings on the English coast during the period 1940-47. (He yearns to be in the military for World War II, though others feel he is of more use where he is.) He has created a character of immense depth, not through theatrics, but through as much as anything, his mannerisms. He says little, often uses one or two words to convey his thoughts, creates the illusion that he keeps his mind working, and that he sees much more than what his audience sees. Even his slight nod of the head, or grimace, or eye contact, seems to speak loudly to the audience. Through it all, the Christopher Foyle persona is steady-at-the-helm, alert to many aspects going in each drama, and always a man of great intelligence and integrity.

What Anthony Horowitz has done to realize and depict the conditions in Britain during and after World War II, paying close attention to the detail of such items as gas rationing (and smuggling) in England during the war; the German attacks on London by bombings and the horrible situations that this created; and such incidents as possible infiltration of German spies into the day-to-day activities even in the English countryside.

Many Americans today do not really understand in depth the desperation that the English went through during those days, especially before the United States entered the war in late 1941. Horowitz's effort at "historical accuracy" has earned commendations, while his relatively-tight scripts and attention to detail lends credence to the series.

Recognize that this series has a 13-year history. When you go back and play the series in a short period of time (via Netflix), you literally see the Foyle character age. After all, Kitchen was 53 years old when the series began, and today, at 66, there are more lines around his face. He still wears the hat square on head, with his long overcoat, but he has obviously grown older. Happily, his essential make-up and moral fiber have remained firmly-rooted; if anything, he has only become more stalwart.
All this high quality we have seen on screen in Foyle's War is done so well that it makes viewers want to watch more episodes.

Perhaps the most distinctive elements of the series is the relatively low-keyed style of the show, his taciturnity, and Foyle's frank conversations with wrong-doers, his staff and even his superiors. We need more presentations on television with the depth of character of a Christopher Foyle. But soon he will be on the air no longer.

"Pity," as he would say.

ANOTHER VIEW
Gov. Deal should reconsider his bus drivers' cuts
By DEBBIE HOUSTON
Contributing columnist
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FEB. 6, 2015 -- Gov. Nathan Deal has floated what I hope is a mere trial balloon -- cutting off health care benefits from part-time school workers. "It's only fair," he says. Part-time state workers outside the school system don't receive health care; neither then should part-time school workers, so his reasoning goes.


Houston
The governor compares apples and oranges if he thinks a clerk and a school bus driver hold equivalent duties. A clerk handles a phone, paper, and perhaps a computer. Bus drivers hold the lives of our children in their hands.

My husband drove a bus. He says drivers must memorize routes and detours as well as the names of each child they carry. They learn all the parts of the bus, and ensure that each one works properly. On dark, sub-freezing mornings, they crank cold buses praying the ignition turns. And when the stop sign pops out and the red flashers blink, they know a certain number of motorists will not stop.

Bus drivers must handle bullies, fights, and sometimes kids with weapons. If involved in a traffic accident, drivers can be sued and lose everything they own. Do other part-time state workers have to worry about any of this?

School systems face a significant turnover if drivers quit over health care. Workers who replace them may consider the job temporary until a better opportunity comes long. Then our kids lose out, as they try to adapt to new faces behind the steering wheel who lack the experience of the former ones.

Many part-time school bus drivers took on the responsibility of safely transporting our children because of health care. Governor Deal, please un-float this balloon.

SPOTLIGHT
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FEEDBACK
Raises questions about coyote population in Gwinnett County

Editor, the Forum:

About coyotes: I didn't think there was a present problem, as severe as a few years ago when coyotes were found even in the center of Atlanta. Then last winter 2014, I shot one in my backyard as it was attacking my cat. (I live near Shorty Howell Park in Duluth.)

Since then I met a skilled professional wildlife trapper who told me that in August 2014 the county school system hired him to rid the coyotes from behind Duluth Middle School---Pleasant Hill Road west of Buford Highway. Within a couple of weeks he trapped 12 coyotes from this single location. No doubt the one that I had encountered earlier was from that same pack.

-- Richard Hart, Duluth

Dear Richard: Yes, we talked to your trapper, Chip Elliott of Social Circle, who tells us that it depends on where you are. Elliott says that many coyotes he's finding now have the mange (and little hair), which eventually will kill them. He feels the coyote population, though fluctuating, is still around, though most of the time we do not realize it. He feels when pets start disappearing, that's the time to worry about the coyotes. He adds: "Don't panic, but don't trust the coyote. He's a predator!"--eeb

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UPCOMING
Calendar shows 48 events to take place in Suwanee in 2015

A total of 48 events, including 19 runs/walks, six Food Truck Fridays, numerous traditional favorites, and several new events, are sprinkled throughout the City of Suwanee's 2015 calendar. Each event brings 300-55,000 participants to Town Center Park or other Suwanee locations.

New events include the Big Cheesy Festival on April 18, Chili Cook-Off on May 2, Melanoma Awareness event on May 31, and Alive! Expo on October 24. The full calendar of new and returning events is available on the What's New/Events page at suwanee.com.

Suwanee's popular Food Truck Fridays are back the first Friday of the month April-October, with the exception of July. Also back are favorites such as Suwanee Beer Fest on March 14, Woofstock on May 9, Arts in the Park May 16, and Taste of Suwanee October 10.

Broadway in the Park returns to the Town Center stage July 24 and 25 with performances of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Suwanee Fest, Suwanee's two-day "celebration of community," will be September 19 and 20.

Here are a few changes to the 2015 Suwanee events calendar:

  • The Suwanee Farmers Market, which opens May 2, will be Saturdays only this year; there will be no Tuesday markets. The market will be open 8 a.m. until noon Saturdays through October 3.
  • The Memorial Day weekend kick-off event is being reworked and tentatively will be rebranded as Red, White, Bluegrass and Bach.
  • All Movies Under the Stars presentations - on June 6, July 18, and August 29 - will be double-features.

Buford's Roach named to key position at GA-PCOM


Roach

A Buford student has been named the District Representative to the Medical Student Subcommittee for the 2015 term at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in Suwanee. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Section on Medical Students, Residents and Fellowship Trainees picked Britta Roach (DO '17) for this position.

Roach is in her second year at GA-PCOM. She previously received a bachelor's degree in chemistry from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. This leadership opportunity with the AAP will provide Roach with significant networking, scholarship, and award access. The AAP is a professional membership organization of pediatric specialists that devote themselves to the physical, mental, and social health of infants, children, adolescents and young adults. She will also attend the section's long range planning meeting this February and the Academy's National Conference and Exhibition in October.

NOTABLE
Baggett is Gwinnett Tech adjunct instructor of the year

Erin Baggett, a surgical technology instructor, has been named Gwinnett Technical College's 2015 Adjunct Instructor of the Year. Baggett, a GTC alumna, has taught at the college since 2011.


Baggett

Dr. Victoria Seals, vice president of academic affairs, Gwinnett Tech, says: "Erin strongly reflects many of the key attributes we look for in our instructors - a passion for their field, a commitment to their students, and an enthusiasm for the art of teaching. She's been a key member of and an asset to our Surgical Technology faculty for many years, and has made a lasting contribution to this excellent program.

Baggett found her "previously unrecognized" passion for teaching after receiving her bachelor's in science and business administration, and working in accounting and finance for over a decade. She even switched gears to a career in medical coding, billing and transcription, but realized that she yearned for a more hands-on job and enrolled in the Surgical Technology program at Gwinnett Tech.

"Not in my wildest imagination would I have ever believed that I would end up teaching in this same program," said Baggett. "We truly function as a team and complement each other with our individual strengths."

While teaching at GTC, she completed her master's in Health Science from Saint Francis University. She works alongside her surgical technology students on outreach events including the Atlanta Science Festival and service projects at MedShare. Baggett previously served on the board of directors for the Georgia State Assembly of the Association of Surgical Technologists and is currently serving as secretary.

Other adjunct faculty members nominated for this year's award include:

  • Charles Cassady and Johnny Stallings, Automotive and Construction and Trades;
  • Wendy Schuster, Business Sciences;
  • Ray Burley, Computer Sciences;
  • Kim Boone, Carlton Calhoun and Karen Franklin, Education Division;
  • Beth Barker, Health Imaging and Informatics;
  • Stefany Carson, Health Sciences; and
  • Dr. Roopa Luthra, Life Sciences.

Georgia Gwinnett College sports wins "Champion of Character'

Within moments of entering the Grizzly Athletics Complex at Georgia Gwinnett College, visitors are greeted with the two linchpins of the Office of Athletics. In the foyer outside the office suite, displayed is the impressive trophy haul of the 2013-14 school year. Directly across from it sits the academic center. It's the emphasis on both winning and scholarship that has helped GGC announce its presence on a national level. Earlier this winter, the NAIA took notice, as it named GGC a "Champions of Character Five-Star Institution."

Dr. Darin S. Wilson, GGC director of Athletics, says: "It was a great year for us in 2013-14, both on and off the field. Winning is something that we take pride in here at GGC, but it's not all that we're seeking to accomplish. We want to make sure that we do things in the right way and make a positive impact on both the fields and courts of play as well as out in the community."

In addition to the athletic successes of 2013-14, which saw GGC claim a pair of national titles in just its first year of eligibility, the Grizzly Softball team picked up a national honor of its own as the squad was the first in college history to earn the prestigious Champions of Character team award. On the field, the Grizzlies put together an impressive 39-10-1 record on the year, and off the field, they engaged in a number of community projects, including Special Olympics Georgia, Relay for Life and Dream House Atlanta.

GGC was one of 168 institutions in NAIA to earn the Five Star designation.

Gwinnett Parks and Rec honors two youth athletic officials


Fullard

Parker

Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation (GCPR) honored two volunteers from the Youth Athletic Association for committing time to serve the youth of the county. Honored were Ken Parker, left, of the Mill Creek Athletic Association, and Andy Fullard of the Archer Athletic Association. Each has not only devoted time and effort in assisting in the development, promotion, and advocacy of youth athletics within Gwinnett County, but they have been instrumental in ensuring that opportunities exist for all members within their respective communities. GCPR has a long tradition of volunteer service. Youth Athletic Associations, Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops, Church groups, school clubs and other groups or individuals give tirelessly of their volunteer efforts.

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GEORGIA ENCYCLOPEDIA
Wilson, the 28th president, spent formative years in Georgia

Woodrow Wilson, the 28th president of the United States, spent many of his formative years as a resident of Georgia. As a child he lived in Augusta between 1858 and 1870. As a young adult he practiced law in Atlanta for a year beginning in May 1882. He was married in Savannah in 1885, and two of his three children were born in Gainesville, in 1886 and 1887. His first wife, Ellen Louise Axson, was born in Savannah and spent most of her childhood in Rome.

The son of Joseph Ruggles Wilson and Janet E. Woodrow, Thomas Woodrow Wilson (right) was born in Staunton, Va., on December 28, 1856. He was known in his childhood as "Tommy." His father, a Presbyterian clergyman, accepted the pastorate of Augusta's First Presbyterian Church in 1857. The Wilsons, including two older daughters, moved to Augusta during the week of young Tommy's first birthday, and the elder Wilson began his duties in January 1858. A fourth child and second son was born in Augusta.

When the Wilson family moved to Augusta, they occupied the manse of First Presbyterian Church located in the present 600 block of Greene Street. Two years later, hoping a more comfortable dwelling would encourage their pastor to stay, the Augusta congregation purchased a new manse across the street from the church, at 53 McIntosh Street (now known as 419 Seventh Street), on the corner of Telfair Street. It was a new two-and-a-half-story brick house with ten main rooms and a separate brick service building. The Wilsons occupied this house, now a museum, from early 1860 until the autumn of 1870; Woodrow Wilson lived there longer than in any other residence. The trustees of the church also increased the pastor's salary from $2,500 to $3,000 per annum.

Wilson's first memory was associated with the new manse in November 1860. In 1909 he recalled "standing at my father's gateway in Augusta, when I was four years old, and hearing someone pass and say that Mr. Lincoln was elected and there was to be war. Catching the intense tones of his excited voice, I remember running to ask my father what it meant."

Although born in Ohio, Wilson's father espoused the Southern cause during the war, preaching sermons in defense of slavery, hosting the convention in Augusta that made the Southern Presbyterians a separate denominational body, and participating in various charitable and social service organizations such as the Georgia Relief and Hospital Association and the Bible Society of the Confederate States. In the summer of 1863 he also served as a chaplain in the Confederate army.

(To be continued)

MYSTERY PHOTO
Mystery bridge

CLUE: Maybe the two spans in the background can give you a clue about the present Mystery Photo. You don't have to name the bridge, but at least tell us where this photograph was taken. Send in your thoughts to elliott@brack.net and include your hometown.

The wedding photo inside the church in the last edition was from Lou Camerio of Lilburn. Recognizing the inside of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Macon were Ruthy Lachman Paul of Norcross and Susan McBrayer of Sugar Hill. No one else even made a guess!


LAGNIAPPE
Council member wins certificate


Duluth Council member Kelvin Kelkenberg received a Certificate of Recognition from the Georgia Municipal Training Institute at the Georgia Municipal Association's (GMA) Annual Mayors' Day Conference in Atlanta recently. Kelkenberg, center, is shown with Stacy Jones, associate director for Training, Education, and Development at the Carl Vinson Institute of Government, at the University of Georgia, and with Albany Mayor Dorothy Hubbard, Chair of the GMA Municipal Training Board.


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ON THE CALENDAR

Harlem Renaissance Cultural Festival, February 6-7, at Archer High School, at 2225 New Hope Road, Lawrenceville. Sponsored by the Snellville Arts Commission, the three day event is in honor or Black History Month, and will showcase "Cindy, the Musical," at 7 p.m. February 6, and 3 p.m. on February 7.
For more information, call 678 861-1815 or via email.

"Pink Goes Red" with line dancing at the Lucky Shoals Community Center, 46521 Britt Road, Norcross, on Friday, February 6 at 6:30 p.m. This is to support the American Heart Association "Wear Red Day," and to bring awareness of heart disease. Sponsored by Upsilon Alpha Omega chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority. Space is limited and reservations are required. For more details, go online here.

Second Annual Black History Month Program at Friendship Baptist Church, 3375 Church Street, Duluth, on February 7 at 4 p.m. "Back to the Old Landmark" is the subject. For more details, send an email here or call 404 933 4725.

(NEW) Introduction to Drawing class at Kudzu Art Zone in Norcross, February 10 through March 3, 6:15 p.m. until 8 p.m. Instructor is Lucy Brady. This basic course will show students that they can draw; it is a skill that anyone can learn. It will train the eye to see better, touch on composition, perspective and comparative measurement to assure proper proportions. Equipment required is a sketchbook, pencils and an eraser. Cost is $120 for members, and $130 for non- members. For more information call at 770-840-9844 or see the website.

State-of-the-County address, by County Commission Chairman Charlotte Nash, Thursday, February 19, starting at 11:30 a.m., at Gwinnett Center. Cost is $75 per person. To register, go online here.

Centuries of Childhood: An American Story, now at the Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center, continues through April 30. Visitors connect the stories of American history to their own experiences by learning about the lives of five historical children and their families. A supplementary exhibit is titled Georgia's Sacred Soils. This exhibit blends science and history through the exploration of Georgia's geology and its colonial history. Both exhibits are included in the price of admission to the EHC. More info: www.gwinnettEHC.org.

Gwinnett Senior Games will be from April 1 to May 13 for Gwinnett seniors age 50 and older. Deadline to sign up to participate in the activity is March 13. Those interested can download information at www.GwinnettSeniorGoldenGames.org. The fee is $15, and for this, you receive two meals, a T-shirt, a gift and a medal if you are good enough at that event. There are over 30 events included in the overall activity. Registration forms may also be picked up at Gwinnett Senior Centers.

MORE EEB PERSPECTIVE

2/20: Acrimony between UGA, GSU
2/17: Two school proposals
2/13: GSU once university stepchild
2/10: Deal's bus drivers' attacks
2/6: Great series: Foyle's War
2/3: Innovative thinking on boxes

1/30: Remembering George Black
1/27: Crummy radio content
1/23: Funerals are changing
1/20: Think on Simpsonwood
1/16: Buford schools top list
1/13: Ga. needs real leaders
1/9: Gov's inaugural party
1/6: Our continuing objectives

12/31: Fun board game
12/23: Good news on Cuba
12/19: CIA's atrocities
12/16: Muddy, hilly roads
12/12: Drop box regulation
12/9: On philanthropy
12/5: Humor, writing contest
12/2: Simpsonwood save is good

11/25: Snellville bell tower
11/21: Remembering Carl Sanders
11/18: Talmadge House
11/14: Churchill paintings
11/11: Hudson cruise
11/7: Why it was a GOP year
11/4: Another election a possibility

FOCUS ARCHIVES

2/20: Bohannan: Barbara Awards
2/17: Brown: Against domestic violence
2/13: Jones: GGC's 10th birthday
2/10: Durant: Jamaican restaurant
2/6: Norton: Excerpts from report
2/3: Myers: "Standardized patient"

1/30: Solomon: Black History Month
1/27: Myers: PCOM bans tobacco
1/23: Rawlins: Publishing a book
1/20: Arrington: Snellville marketplace
1/16: Wascher: Gwinnett CID
1/13: Bohannon: Les Mis is back
1/9: Jones: Black-eyed peas
1/6: Berlo: NLT's choreopoem

12/31: Leonard: Andersonville tour
12/23: Havens: Rotary club's charity
12/19: Aurora wins big
12/16: Yarber: Safe harbor bill
12/12: Arrington: Hunger challenge
12/9: Preston: Lilburn mural
12/5: Witte: Simmons Building
12/2: Putnam: PC's community study

11/25: Okun: Robotic bariatric surgery
11/21: Calmes: Special Nutcracker
11/18: Urrutia: Primerica scholarships
11/14: Jones: GGC's growth
11/11: Johnson: Tesla ownership
11/7: New Brenau joint degree program
11/4: Two shows of A Christmas Carol

CONTINUING OBJECTIVES FOR GWINNETT

Gwinnett Forum publisher Elliott Brack suggests that Gwinnett County needs a long-range list of continuing objectives for improving the county. Read more.

  • Development of a two-party system for county offices
  • Moving statewide non-partisan judge election runoffs to the General Election
  • Light rail for Gwinnett from Doraville MARTA station to Gwinnett Arena
  • Extension of Gwinnett Place CID area to include Arena and Discovery Mills Mall
  • Banning of tobacco in all Gwinnett parks
  • More diverse candidates for political offices and appointment to local boards
  • Creative efforts to support the arts in Gwinnett
  • Advancement and expansion of city and Gwinnett historical societies
  • Stronger regulation of late-night establishments with alcoholic licenses
  • Requiring the legislature to meet once every two years.
  • Development of more community gardens.

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