(Lawrenceville, Ga., Jan. 15, 2010) – The volunteers who serve on Engage Gwinnett will hold their seventh full meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 20 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. Next week the full committee will hear reports on the Jan. 6 meeting from representatives of these work groups before breaking into their groups to continue deliberations.
The committee will make recommendations in April 2010 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.
The process will include at least 12 full committee meetings and three public forums. 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.