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(Lawrenceville, Ga., Feb. 12, 2010) - The volunteers who serve on Engage Gwinnett will hold their  10th full meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 17 from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Gwinnett Center, 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway in Duluth. The six-month long initiative aims to involve and engage the community in county budget decision-making.

Meetings of the 42-member citizens committee on the future of Gwinnett County are held every two weeks and are open to the public. Committee members hear from elected officials, County staff and local residents and participate in group discussions. Smaller work groups have been formed to study specific service areas. On Wednesday the full committee will hear a presentation from Gwinnett County Tax Commissioner Katherine Meyer and Gwinnett County CFO Aaron Bovos about county revenues. Following reports on the Feb. 3 meeting from work group representatives, members will break into their work groups to continue deliberations.

Later this spring, the committee will make recommendations to the Board of Commissioners on desired services, service levels and revenues for the next five years. The initiative is a partnership between Gwinnett County government and the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce. Mike Levengood of McKenna Long and Aldridge and Bill McCargo with the Atlanta Education Fund are volunteer leaders who co-chair the committee. Engage Gwinnett seeks common ground, workable solutions and compromises as necessary for the greater good of the community to help guide the County government through the recession and its aftermath.

Four community meetings have been scheduled to further involve the public in the Engage Gwinnett process. The meetings will be held at various times and in different locations throughout Gwinnett County to encourage strong participation. The first takes place on Feb. 18, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at First Baptist of Duluth. The remaining meetings are scheduled for Feb. 20 from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. at 12Stone Church near Lawrenceville (State Route 20 campus), Feb. 22 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Grace Fellowship Church in Snellville and Feb. 25 between 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. at Victory World Outreach Center in Norcross.


(Lawrenceville, Ga., Feb. 8, 2010) - The public is invited to attend any of four upcoming meetings to comment on the initial findings of the 42-member Engage Gwinnett citizens committee that, since last fall, has been studying county services and how to fund those services.

Each meeting will begin with an overview of the progress to date and the distribution of a handout that includes a brief report from the four different work groups. Attendees will have more than an hour to discuss and comment on the reports in small groups. That input will be combined with a brief survey and included in the group's draft recommendations that will be available for a similar public review process in April. Later that same month, the committee will make its final recommendations to the Board of Commissioners on desired County services, service levels and revenue sources for the next five years.

The initiative is a partnership between Gwinnett County government and the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce. Mike Levengood of McKenna Long and Aldridge and Bill McCargo with the Atlanta Education Fund are co-chairs of the committee. Engage Gwinnett seeks common ground, workable solutions and compromises as necessary for the greater good of the community to help guide the County government through the recession and its aftermath.

The four meetings will be held at various times and in different locations throughout the county to encourage participation:

  • Saturday, Feb. 20, 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. at 12Stone Church near Lawrenceville (State Route 20 campus)


(Lawrenceville, Ga., Feb. 1, 2010) – The volunteers who serve on Engage Gwinnett will hold their seventh full meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 3 from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Gwinnett Center, 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway in Duluth. The six-month long initiative aims to involve and engage the community in county budget decision-making.

Meetings of the 42-member citizens committee on the future of Gwinnett County are held every two weeks and are open to the public. Committee members hear from elected officials, County staff and local residents and participate in group discussions. Smaller work groups have been formed to study specific service areas. On Wednesday the full committee will hear a presentation by Mac Holladay of Market Street Services about his national research and experience about what makes a community competitive and how Gwinnett fits into the picture. Following reports on the Jan. 20 meeting from work group representatives, members will break into their work groups to continue deliberations.

The committee will make recommendations in April to the Board of Commissioners on desired services, service levels and revenues for the next five years. The initiative is a partnership between Gwinnett County government and the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce. Mike Levengood of McKenna Long and Aldridge and Bill McCargo with the Atlanta Education Fund are volunteer leaders who co-chair the committee. Engage Gwinnett seeks common ground, workable solutions and compromises as necessary for the greater good of the community to help guide the County government through the recession and its aftermath.

Four community meetings have been scheduled during the month of February to further involve the public in the Engage Gwinnett process. The meetings will be held at various times and in different locations throughout Gwinnett County to encourage strong participation: Thursday, Feb. 18, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at First Baptist of Duluth; Saturday, Feb. 20, 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. – 12Stone Church  near Lawrenceville (State Route 20 campus); Monday, Feb. 22, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at Grace Fellowship  Church in Snellville; Thursday, Feb. 25, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. –  Victory World Outreach Center in Norcross.

Video coverage, meeting materials and more information are available online at www.engagegwinnett.com and at www.gwinnettcounty.com and on TVgwinnett, cable channel 23. Engage Gwinnett also has Facebook and Twitter links.



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