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It’s not uncommon to see license tags from another state in the

parking lot or hear foreign languages or accents being spoken in

the office of Suwanee Dental Care. Build it and they will come

if the word gets out, and that’s just what Dr. Bill Williams did

as an early adopter on the web, local radio and TV. Suwanee

may have been a sleepy little town 25 miles northeast of Atlanta

back in the 90’s, but now no less than five national magazines

have named Suwanee among the best places to live, work and

play in America. Rating high in educational systems, community

parks and recreation, safety, work-force training and a multitude

of sports, cultural and medical professional accessibility gave

Suwanee and Gwinnett County its high ranking.

Building a better dental practice is a lot like building a better city.

It takes planning and foresight, training and implementation.

That’s what Dr. Williams accomplished in putting together one

of America’s finest dental teams and most advanced facilities.

Drs. Chad Schalk, Melissa Kremer, Naz Majdi and he have

a combined 52 years of experience. Dr. Kremer is fluent in

Spanish and Dr. Majdi in Farsi. Additionally, there are currently

a few team members who speak Russian and Romanian. All

of the doctors graduated from the Medical College of Georgia

School of Dentistry and both Dr. Schalk and Dr. Majdi completed

General Practice Residencies for advanced training. Dr. Williams

is a best-selling author as well as teacher in dentistry and

is a Master of the Academy of General Dentistry, hence the

Suwannee Dental Care slogan, “Everything Under One Roof.”

Clients come from all over to build and restore their smiles to

better strength, longevity and beauty. Oral and I.V. sedation are

important to many patients so that they can relax and sleep

through their appointments, getting all their dentistry done at

one time or in just a few visits. Expert comprehensive analysis

and remarkable results are keys to Suwanee Dental Care’s

success. Being well-versed in TMJ, neuromuscular dentistry,

orthodontics, Invisalign, implant dentistry, oral surgery, smile

design and reconstruction allows the doctors at Suwanee

Dental Care to complete complex cases that many dentists tend

to avoid.

Currently, the state-of-the-art in dentistry is restoration of

missing or weakened teeth with dental implants. Patients can

expect many years of solid chewing and beautiful smiles with

the newer fixed teeth attached to implants instead of just

removable dentures. It’s not a dream any longer. You can go to

sleep and wake up with all new teeth! Suwanee Dental Care can

provide the right services to help you achieve the smile you’ve

always dreamed of to build a better, more beautiful, you.


Welcome to Gwinnett County, your new home.

WELCOME HOME!

Still known as one of the nation’s fastest growing counties for more than 20

years, Gwinnett offers residents the best of both worlds with close access to

Atlanta and the modern infrastructure of suburbia. According to the 2010

census, Gwinnett is the second most populous county in Georgia with 805,321

people. As of the 2013 census estimate, the population is now 859,304. Boasted

as one of the metro Atlanta area’s most family-friendly destinations, visitors

and residents alike can find everything from quality shopping and dining to

various arts performances and sporting events year-round. With communities

mixing vision and heritage with Southern charm, this growing county has a

wealth of opportunities for all.

Named for Button Gwinnett, one of the three Georgia signers of the

Declaration of Independence, the county was created in December 1818.

The county seat, Lawrenceville, was incorporated in 1821, when Gwinnett

consisted of an array of agrarian communities, and was a thriving metropolis

with a population of 11,257 by 1850. Known today as Norfolk Southern, the

Danville and Piedmont Air Line was built in 1871 and induced the creation

of new cities, Norcross, Duluth, Buford and Suwanee. The introduction of the

Buford Dam in 1950 provided hydroelectric power, flood control, navigation,

and water supply and moved the county into the modern era.

Today, Gwinnett remains a bustling and sustainable member of the Atlanta

metropolitan area, with 16 municipalities. A mere 45 minutes from the hub

of southeastern transportation, the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International

Airport, and the University of Georgia a mere 25 minutes away down Georgia

Highway 316, you can get anywhere from Gwinnett. Dedicated to a beautified

county, sustainable Gwinnett focuses on working green, growing green and

pulling together for a more sustainable future with information on land use and

greenspace, energy and water conservation, green buildings and transportation

and air quality. Gwinnett County schools consistently rank among the highest

in the country. In 2013, The Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science and

Technology ranked third best high school in the country; second best charter

school in the country; and No. 1 high school in Georgia, all by U.S. News and

World Report. The Atlanta metro area is also consistently ranked the best city

for recent graduates, women in business, small businesses and more, making

Gwinnett a great place for young, educated career starters looking for good

opportunities for friendships, fun and success.

Parks and recreation abound in Gwinnett, where the Gwinnett Parks

Foundation actively protecting and maintaining the beauty of the 46 parks in

the county. The nonprofit 501(c)3 organization of volunteers promotes quality

parks for all and provides programs for the citizens of Gwinnett. A detailed

guide of amenities at each park can be found at gwinnettcounty.com under

Parks and Recreation. From fishing lakes, golf courses, dog parks and equestrian

trails to mountain bike trails, indoor and outdoor pools, roller rinks and even

sand volleyball courts can be found in the county’s prided greenspace. Harbins

Park in Dacula provides a whopping 1,290 acres waiting to be explored.

In Gwinnett, you seldom have to leave the county borders to satiate a thirst

for arts and entertainment, even with the city of Atlanta a short drive away.

Infinite Energy Center’s (formerly Gwinnett Center) 90-acre lakefront campus

can accommodate a variety of events from concerts, performances, meetings,

trade shows, conventions, banquets, and celebrations. The multipurpose campus

includes an amazing 13,000-seat arena (The Arena at Infinite Energy Center),

a 708-seat theater (Infinite Energy Theater), 23 versatile meeting rooms, a

50,000-square-foot exhibit hall, and a 21,600-square-foot grand ballroom

(Infinite Energy Forum). The campus, operated by the Gwinnett Convention

and Visitors Bureau, distinguishes itself by hosting a diverse range of events,

including the ECHL’s Gwinnett Gladiators, NLL’s Georgia Swarm, Carrie

Underwood, Justin Timberlake, Menopause the Musical, JapanFest, Romeo

Santos, Red Hot Chili Peppers, George Strait, Eric Clapton, NCAA Women’s

Gymnastics Championships, Disney On Ice, Enrique Iglesias & Pitbull, Orange

Conference, Beyoncé and more. For a full list of events, please visit www.

InfiniteEnergyCenter.com. The Jacqueline Casey Hudgens Center for the Arts

offers a setting both casual elegance and artistic flair with an award-winning

sculpture garden, 2,800 square feet of enclosed outdoor space and lovely art

galleries to make the perfect backdrop for a special day. There’s also a Children’s

Art Museum at the Hudgens, which opened in 2000. The Gwinnett History

Museum and Lawrenceville Female Seminary offers historic artifacts related

the county’s history, the first typewriter from Gwinnett’s historic courthouse

and is on the National Register for Historic Places.

The Jacqueline Casey Hudgens Center for the Arts offers a setting both

casual elegance and artistic flair with an award-winning sculpture garden,

2,800 square feet of enclosed outdoor space and lovely art galleries to make

the perfect backdrop for a special day. There’s also a Children’s Art Museum

at the Hudgens, which opened in 2000. The Gwinnett History Museum and

Lawrenceville Female Seminary offers historic artifacts related the county’s

history, the first typewriter from Gwinnett’s historic courthouse and is on the

National Register for Historic Places.

Business is big in Gwinnett, where close proximity to the Hartsfield-Jackson

Atlanta International Airport, Gwinnett County Airport and Barrow County

Airport as well as access to all of Atlanta’s major interstate make it a no-brainer

for relocating and growing headquarters. Of the more than 313,000 jobs in

Gwinnet, approximately 44,500 are taken up by the county’s major employers,

which include the Gwinnett County Public School System, Gwinnet Health

Care System, Publix, Walmart, Kroger, the U.S. Postal Service, NCR and Cisco.

AGCO and Primerica are both headquartered in Duluth. One business that is

growing exponentially in Gwinnett County is the film industry; many movies

have filmed in the county, including “Divergent”’s sequel “Insurgent,” “The

Hunger Games–Mockingjay: Part 1,” “Cell,” “Dumb and Dumber To” and “Fast

& Furious 7.” Georgia Film, Music and Digital Entertainment launed Camera

Ready fall 2010, an initiative providing special designation to communities

wanting to contribute to the industry. The Gwinnett local film industry

directory has no shortage of caterers, hotels, lighting and equipment rental,

special effects and audio-visual production resources.

Sports of all kinds can be found in the county, from rock climbing and

ice skating to major sporting events at the Arena at Gwinnett Center. Home

to two of Atlanta’s premier minor league teams, residents of Gwinnett and

nearby counties cheer loud for the AAA Gwinnett Braves, an affiliate of the

Atlanta Braves, and the Gwinnett Gladiators, the ECHL minor league hockey

league. The Atlanta Falcons, Hawks, Harlequins and Rollergirls are much loved

throughout the metro area as well—you’ll always have a home team to root for.

In addition to Coolray Field in Lawrenceville and other local sports facilities,

the county has no shortage of locations to play tennis and other racquet sports.

Schooling options abound in Gwinnett, serving more than 169,150

students. The Gwinnett County school system includes four charter schools,

10 specialized schools, 77 elementary schools, 26 middle schools and 19 high

schools. The Buford City school system, incorporated in the county, has a total

of $11,416 per-pupil expenditures. Colleges and universities excel here, and

include Georgia Gwinnett College, DeVry University Keller Graduate School

of Management, Gwinnett Technical College and the Gwinnett campus of the

University of Georgia. In 2013, four Gwinnett schools were named Georgia

Schools of Excellence and Simpson Elementary was a 2012 National Blue

Ribbon Schools in the “Exemplary High Performing” category.

The downtown square motif is in no short order in Gwinnett, where

Suwanee, Norcross, Buford, Duluth, Peachtree Corners and Lawrenceville offer

great dining, live music, local shops and many free events throughout the year.

All 16 cities and towns in Gwinnett have something to offer relocators. Beautiful

Suwanee boasts being the best city to retire and made “Top Ten” small town

by Money Magazine. The vibrant downtown and community projects such

as Suwanee’s PlayTown and Community Garden instill a sense of long-term

family friendliness. Historic Buford offers a unique dining experiences and

downtown shopping celebrate nostalgic, local flair. Art galleries, studios, shops

and restaurants in the restored Tannery Row Artist Colony are alive with the

talents of pottery, acrylic, glass and woodworking artists. Duluth is the county’s

third-largest city, where greenspace and bikeways abound for supreme outdoor

living. Festivals, such as the Duluth Fall Festival and Barefoot in the Parkuluth

bring people from all over the county and beyond to the Duluth Town Green.

Often thought of as a model city for Gwinnett County, Duluth perfectly blends

small businesses, major corporations, developers and enterprise with historic

downtown charm.


Gwinnett:

A Global Community

of Choice

Dr. Daniel J. Kaufman

Gwinnett Chamber of

Commerce

For businesses or families looking to relocate, a vibrant and diverse

community of choice in which to live, learn, work, and play awaits

them in Gwinnett. The second largest county in Georgia, Gwinnett

has emerged as an economic powerhouse and a hub in metro Atlanta

for a wide range of commercial enterprises, to include technology,

bioscience, advanced manufacturing, supply chain and logistics, and

information services firms.

We are fortunate to live, learn, work, and play in a community with

so many assets that continue to propel us forward. Located just 20

minutes northeast of downtown Atlanta, Gwinnett truly exemplifies a

robust economic diversity. Gwinnett is in the top three percent of all

U.S. counties in terms of minority business ownership, with over 40

percent of businesses within the County being minority-owned. Indeed,

Gwinnett is one of only eight counties in the nation where African-

American, Asian and Hispanic business ownership rates exceed nine

percent, and we are the only county outside of New York, Washington

D.C., and Houston that meets such a level of economic diversity.

Gwinnett’s pro-business reputation is well deserved – here businesses

have access to an extensive list of state and local incentives, a highly skilled

workforce educated at the area’s many universities and technical schools,

a rapidly growing regional market, a cohesive network of interstates and

rail lines, and convenient access to the world’s busiest airport and the

Georgia seaports of Savannah and Brunswick. With an impressive arts,

cultural and sports scene in a community that is strategically positioned

in the dynamic metropolitan Atlanta region, putting down roots in

Gwinnett is indeed a smart choice for businesses and families alike.

Discover Gwinnett, and see for yourself

why success really does live here.

A Remarkable

Place

The 7th District of Georgia

By Rob Woodall

It’s no secret that Georgia’s Seventh Congressional District is a

wonderful place to call home, and as a result, more and more folks

from across the state and country continue to do just that. In fact,

Forsyth and Gwinnett have been among the fastest growing counties in

Georgia the entire time I’ve had the honor of representing the district.

We’re a collection of the best and brightest of all ages, religions, and

backgrounds, and we’re eager to welcome those who want to be a part of

it. From education to economic growth, our community is engaged, and

I couldn’t be prouder of what we’ve accomplished together.

We hear a lot about opportunity, but it isn’t just a buzzword in the

Seventh District. We get to see and feel it in action on a daily basis with

the two-time Broad Prize winning Gwinnett County Public Schools,

Forsyth County Schools’ highest high school graduation rate in Georgia,

or as reported by Bloomberg Government, 61% more district-based

businesses than the State average. These numbers and achievements

absolutely speak for themselves, and are a direct reflection of who we are

as a community.

Whether recent graduates starting careers, young families, or established

professionals, the cornerstones of education and economic growth are

unquestionably at the heart of our success, and a vibrant and diverse

community is the result. But as we all know, an excellent quality of life

means more than just a degree and a career – though those are vital pieces

to the puzzle. From nationally touring and local musicians at Duluth’s

Red Clay Theater, the Gwinnett Braves providing the next generation of

ballplayers to the Major League organization down the road in Atlanta,

or the beautiful shores of Lake Lanier, you’ll have plenty to do when you

don’t have your nose to the grindstone. The work, play, live model is

alive and well here, and provides a balance that is evident in what we’re

able to achieve in so many industries, communities, and households.

The Seventh District is a community that gets things done. We see that

not only in our past successes, but in how we embrace new challenges

and solve problems. With growth and success comes increased demand

for transportation and infrastructure to ensure our continued success, so

from local neighborhoods to Capitol Hill we partner with each other to

make it happen. It’s the topic of discussion at Community Improvement

District (CID) meetings across the region; it’s the willingness of Forsyth

County residents to approve a $200 million bond initiative for the

expansion of GA 400 rather than wait for state or federal funds; it’s


Georgia’s legislature and Governor Deal coming together to pass a $1.2

billion dollar transportation bill; and it’s the first long-term surface

transportation bill in a decade being signed into law by the President

just last year. I’m proud to serve on the House Transportation and

Infrastructure Committee that crafted this legislation, and I’m even

prouder of the way we as a community acted in every way possible to

improve an already exceptional place to call home.

Irrespective of any differences we may have, it’s this wonderful

partnership that keeps us earning accolades across the board. From

Forsyth County News earning national recognition for innovation in

newspapers and media markets, the City of Suwanee’s past and repeated

recognition as one of the “Top 100” places to live, or the movie industry

building a new 465,000 square foot facility – the largest stage complex

under one roof in the United States – you can find all these things in

Georgia’s Seventh Congressional District. Countless men and women

have worked tremendously hard to make it what it is, and I’m so proud

to be surrounded by – and partner with – such remarkable people. The

future is bright for our part of the world, and I can’t wait to see what’s

in store.

Welcome to

Gwinnett

County

Charlotte J. Nash

Chairman

Gwinnett County

Board of Commissioners

Welcome to Gwinnett County! Having grown up here when

farmland covered most of our 437 square miles, I am amazed

at how the county has changed in the last half-century.

Today, we’re a dynamic urban environment with big-city attractions

while retaining our small-town, Southern charm. We’ve grown from

72,349 people in 1970 to nearly 900,000 today. Interstate 85 helped us

become the northeast gateway to metro Atlanta from the mid-Atlantic

and upper East Coast states. On our northern boundary, Lake Lanier

provides downstream flood control, water supply, electricity, and

outstanding recreation and quality of life benefits.

Our proactive, fiscally conservative county government provides

infrastructure that supports growth and makes this an enviable place

to live, work, learn, and play. We’re making sure our water, sewer,

stormwater, solid waste, and road systems can handle growth with

minimal borrowing from future generations. The best credit ratings

assure low interest rates when we do finance projects. Voter-approved

sales tax programs allow a pay-as-you-go approach to help build and

widen our roads, our nationally recognized parks system, well-equipped

police and fire and emergency services, award-winning libraries, and

numerous city projects in our 16 municipalities.

Internally, technology helps us operate efficiently and effectively and

communicate with residents about everything from our budgeting

and spending plans to upcoming road or construction projects that

may affect their daily lives. Our website, www.gwinnettcounty.com, is

a source for almost everything you would want to know about county

government.

Gwinnett County offers local and express bus service and Briscoe Field

general aviation airport in Lawrenceville. Much of the traffic on our

2,500 miles of roads is managed by a traffic control center, which also

provides current camera views online. It’s a short drive to downtown

Atlanta, Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, or the University of

Georgia. Eighty percent of the U. S. population is within a two-hour

flight. Mountains and beaches are only hours away.

We like to say that you can progress from Pre-K to a PhD in Gwinnett

County. In addition to Gwinnett County Public Schools, Buford City

Schools, and a number of private primary schools, Gwinnett is home

to many institutions of higher learning. Georgia Gwinnett College,

Gwinnett Technical College, and the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic

Medicine are a few of the places where you or your kids can get a great

education and career preparation.

Public entities, private businesses, and the Chamber of Commerce

work together in an economic development initiative called Partnership

Gwinnett that helps businesses locate or expand here. And county

government offers one-stop convenience for building permits, plan

reviews, and inspections.

Gwinnett offers plenty of housing options and excellent healthcare,

recreation, entertainment, and libraries as well as a variety of shopping

and dining options. You can walk, run, hike, bike, or ride a horse on

more than 125 miles of trails in Gwinnett County’s 10,000 acres of

county parks. The National Park Service and the U.S. Forest Service have

designated 50 miles of trails at four parks as National Recreation Trails.

The Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center embodies our efforts

to protect water quality and minimize the impact of growth on the

natural environment. We also take pride in maintaining our facilities

and preserving historic homes and buildings, including a grist mill and

a working farm.

We’re blessed with location, geography, climate, and warm-hearted,

diverse people who care about this place and each other.

I’ve been honored to serve Gwinnett County for decades as an employee

and since 2011 as an elected official. I hope you will choose Gwinnett as

your home and experience our excellent quality of life for yourself as an

active, engaged member of our community.


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