Economic Development: Investing in the economic vitality of our community

The Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners is committed to ensuring growth in employment opportunities and high quality jobs for our residents.  With a population of more than 842,000, Gwinnett County is the second most populous county in the state of Georgia.  We are a premier location in Metro Atlanta for growing and conducting business.

Gwinnett County is a leader in investment and job creation in Metro Atlanta.  We are home to the Fortune 500 and global headquarters of AGCO Corporation, NCR, Primerica and RockTenn.  More than 60 international companies have chosen Gwinnett for their U.S. or global headquarter operations, such as Mitsubishi Electric, Ricoh Electronics, Suniva and WIKA Instruments.

Investment and trade is encouraged through the relocation and expansion assistance of local and regional partners.  Gwinnett County caters to domestic and international businesses of all sizes and works to promote our targeted sectors, which are Advanced Manufacturing, Headquarters and Professional Services, Health Sciences and Services, Information Technology Solutions, and Supply Chain Management.

Gwinnett County’s education is a top priority for parents, employers, and elected officials.  We offer some of the highest-ranking public and private schools in the Southeast and the nation. Gwinnett County and Metro Atlanta are home to 57 public and private institutions of higher education, including Georgia Gwinnett College and Gwinnett Technical College.  More than 250,000 students are enrolled in fields of study ranging from biological sciences and engineering to business and health professions.


The Partnership Gwinnett initiative

Market Street Services was engaged in 2006 to provide a comprehensive community and economic development strategy for Gwinnett County. One of the principle recommendations of the initial study was the creation of a public-private economic development effort, which became the Partnership Gwinnett initiative in 2007. The strategy received a Mid-Course Update in 2009, followed by the current Partnership Gwinnett 2.0 Strategy approved in 2011.

Partnership Gwinnett 2.0 Strategy:

Goal 1: Comprehensive Economic Development

• Retain, expand and leverage existing businesses
• Assist entrepreneurs to launch and sustain high-value businesses
• Focus efforts on target sectors
• Multi-channel international business development
• Leverage partnerships with local, regional and state entities
• Foster policy and incentives that best support business development

Goal 2: World-Class Talent

• Ensure that Gwinnett County schools continue to achieve award-winning results
• Encourage postsecondary institutions’ growth and capacity
• Enhance talent development programs and resources

Goal 3: Community and Leadership Development

• Competitive infrastructure capacity
• Enhance the arts, cultural and entertainment capacity
• Develop dynamic public spaces and activities centers
• Foster next-generation leadership capacity
• Leverage diversity to enhance community vitality
• Boost awareness of local assets and improvement strategies
• Effectively support Gwinnettians in need

Partnership Gwinnett is a public-private initiative dedicated to bringing new jobs and capital investment to Gwinnett County. Since its inception, Partnership Gwinnett has worked with its local partners 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, their team of dedicated professionals works to drive the mission of Partnership Gwinnett to strengthen the economic vitality of the community.

Gwinnett County actively supports the marketing and business recruitment efforts of the Partnership Gwinnett initiative along with state agencies. The County maintains a small economic development-related staff. One of their functions is to analyze and track the economic impact of projects and recommend inducement packages that meet the criteria specified in the Gwinnett County Economic Development Ordinance. For information from Gwinnett County staff regarding economic development, please contact:

Robert D. Long, CEcD
Economic Development Director
Gwinnett County Planning and Development
446 West Crogan Street, Suite 150
Lawrenceville, GA 30046-2440
Phone:678-518-6212, Fax:678-518-6275
Email: robert.long@gwinnettcounty.com

Staff also reviews contractual obligations between Gwinnet County and the Partnership Gwinnet PFE, Inc. to ensure that goals are pursued and public funds are being spent appropriately. Links to funds allocation reports are below:

Funds Allocation Report 2012
Funds Allocation Report 2011
Funds Allocation Report 2009-2010
Funds Allocation Report 2008-2009
Funds Allocation Report 2007-2008

To learn more about the Partnership Gwinnett initiative or to become an investor, please go to www.partnershipgwinnett.com.

To learn more about Gwinnett County’s economic development efforts and resources, please go to www.gwinnetteconomicdevelopment.com.


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