Why Gwinnett?

Advantages

As the second largest county in Georgia, Gwinnett County has emerged as an economic powerhouse and metro Atlanta’s hub for technology, bioscience and innovative companies of the future. Leading Atlanta’s job creation for over the past two years and home to FORTUNE 500 and 1000 companies, Gwinnett County hosts a wide range of businesses, including industry giants, international companies and small businesses.

For after hours, the metro Atlanta region features many entertaining and recreational options, from ballet and basketball, to museums and movies. The region also boasts national and international transportation options, a highly educated workforce and numerous rankings and accolades.

Accolades

Education

  • #4 Best High School in the Country: The Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science and Technology, U.S. News and World Report, 2015
  • #1 High School in Georgia: The Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science and Technology, U.S. News and World Report, 2015
  • 2010  and 2014 Broad Prize, Gwinnett County Public Schools
     Awarded annually by the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation to the large urban school district that demonstrates the strongest student achievement and improvement while narrowing achievement gaps between income and ethnic groups.
  • National Counselor of the Year honor for STEM leadership, Gwinnett County Public Schools, 2014
  • Named most ethnically diverse college in the Southern region: Georgia Gwinnett College, U.S. News and World Report College Compass, 2014
  • Ranked as top 100 producer of computer science grads: Gwinnett Technical College, Community College magazine, 2014
  • 2014 recipient of the CREATE Community Award for innovative and creative efforts to improve the community through educational excellence, Gwinnett County Public Schools Fire’s F.A.C.T. Program

Culture

  • Aurora Theatre is a multiple winner of the Suzi Bass performing arts award for three years straight
  • Red Clay Music Foundry (City of Duluth) received the 2014 CREATE Community Award for its innovative and creative efforts to improve the community through Arts & Culture

Sustainability

  • Gwinnett was one of seven local governments recognized by the Atlanta Regional Commission for leadership in implementing policies and practices that contribute to efficient and sustainable use of resources, 2015
  • Gwinnett Clean and Beautiful, a nonprofit for sustainability, developed and implemented Georgia’s first comprehensive watershed awareness and improvement program, 2015
  • Gwinnett Public Schools recognized U.S. Dept. of Education with National Green Ribbon School Sustainability Award, 2013 & 2014
  • Gwinnett Technical College introduces Sustainable Urban Agriculture certificate program, 2014

Parks

  • Gwinnett Parks & Recreation named #1 park agency in the state of Georgia, 2014
  • Gwinnett Parks & Recreation named finalist for the National Gold Medal Awards for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management from the American Academy for Park and Creation Association and National Recreation and Park Association, 2014

diversity_index_smGwinnett’s diverse population continues to grow, with more than 100 different languages and dialects spoken in households and a student population representing more than 180 countries across the County. One out of five Gwinnett residents was born outside of the U.S.

Gwinnett County boasts a diversity index of 78.2%, meaning that if two people are picked at random in Gwinnett County, there’s a 78.2% chance that the two would be of a different race or ethnicity (the national diversity index is 60%).

Global Business

In a community of Gwinnett County’s size and diversity, responding to globalization is an essential part of the economic development strategy. Global business has been an instrumental component of the organization’s overall strategic plan since inception in 2006. Gwinnett’s Global Business outreach efforts are a coordinated mix of resources, programs, mission trips, and partnerships engaging companies, leaders, and students from across Gwinnett County.

The largest clusters are of Japan-based and German-based companies, which represent 23.1 percent and 16 percent, respectively, of the total international businesses located in Gwinnett. The global mission trips aim to expand that number and attract more jobs and foreign direct investment into the community.

Gwinnett’s Global Business efforts have resulted in the recruitment and expansion of 57 internationally-based businesses in Gwinnett County since 2007, leading to more than 1,410 new jobs for Gwinnett residents and $56.8 million in capital investment for the community.

Global Business Council

Gwinnett’s focus on global business stems from its collective economic and community development initiative, Partnership Gwinnett. From the Partnership Gwinnett initiative, The Global Business Council was created to support existing industry foundations of the nearly 600 internationally-based businesses and over 60 headquarter operations, representing more than 40 countries around the world, that call Gwinnett home.

The Global Business Council is composed of international business executives, global non-profit organization representatives, and leaders in the local international community with a mission to support the Gwinnett Economic Development team in recruiting direct foreign investment into metro Atlanta, as well as providing leads for recruitment and expansion of international prospects.

The Global Business Council works to identify opportunities for business development and recruitment worldwide, with a focus on Asia and Europe. International business initiatives conducted by Gwinnett’s Global Business Council include:

  • Hosted business delegation from Turkey.
  • Organized a Trade & Recruitment Missions to Europe, which involved visits with the leadership of international companies.
  • Led delegations on Global Business Missions to Qingdao, Chongqing, Beijing, Kunshan and Shanghai, China.
  • Hosted a delegation from the Danish Parliament during a business mission trip to exchange job creation and economic development best practices.
  • Co-sponsored a lunch and international trade presentation by Robert Sichinga, Minster of Commerce, at the Zambian Development Agency and Investment and Export Promotion Agency. The presentation highlighted Gwinnett-headquartered AGCO’s investment in and gain from Zambian business efforts.
  • Partnered with The Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce and Danish American Chamber of Commerce to host a Global Business breakfast featuring the Öresund region.
  • Hosted the Wuhan Langold Real Estate Co., LTD, of China during its Direct Foreign Investment Tour. Four “shovel-ready” projects were presented. This meeting resulted in follow-up visits to China and ongoing relationships.
  • Hosted Deputy General Secretary Yan and a delegation from Chongqing during its business mission trip to Gwinnett and metro Atlanta. The delegation focused on communicating opportunities for foreign investment and trade in Western China.
  • Hosted 85 prospective companies in Seoul, South Korea, with the Georgia Department of Economic Development and the Korean-American Chamber of Commerce.
  • Signed agreement with Gangnam-Gu District of Seoul, South Korea, to become a sister community.

For more information on Gwinnett County’s international business efforts, visit Gwinnett Global http://www.gwinnettglobal.com/

Atlanta Metropolitan Export Plan

The Atlanta Metropolitan Export Plan, or “MEP,” is a data-driven regional export strategy produced in partnership with Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, metro Atlanta regional partners, and the Metro Atlanta Chamber (MAC). The Atlanta MEP is part of the nationwide Global Cities Initiative (GCI) led by The Brookings Institution and JP Morgan Chase. Atlanta is one of 28 metros participating in the GCI.

The goal of the Atlanta MEP is to increase economic impact of exports for metro Atlanta by:
1) expanding a sustainable export ecosystem and culture
2) engaging local companies to build their export capacity and/or activities.

The Atlanta MEP covers the entire metro Atlanta area, which including Gwinnett County. For more information about the Atlanta MEP visit http://www.atlantaexportportal.com/.