Monday, January 24, 2011

Gwinnett and Georgia leaders Welcome New Statewide Job Growth Leader Chris Cummiskey

New Commissioner of Economic Development honored at reception hosted by Gwinnett and several key partners across the state

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Duluth, GA- Over 200 business, community and economic development professionals from across Georgia recently attended the Georgia Leadership Welcome Reception put on by the Gwinnett Chamber and a host of economic development partners. The event featured honored guest and new Georgia Department of Economic Development Commissioner Chris Cummiskey and offered a unique opportunity to network with the new job-growth leader as well as partners and peers in economic development throughout metro Atlanta and the state.

"Our communities play a critical part in attracting new business investments, encouraging the expansion of existing industry and small businesses and positioning the state as a top location for tourism and business relocation projects," said Commissioner Cummiskey. "I look forward to working with Gwinnett and communities across the state as we continue to promote Georgia in the global marketplace."

Partnership Gwinnett, the community and economic development initiative led by the Gwinnett Chamber and over 160 public and private investors, drives a continual strategy of promoting regional and statewide assets as key business attraction. Through supporting statewide efforts and partnering with economic development organizations across the metro Atlanta region and Georgia, Gwinnett has witnessed overwhelming success in job and wealth creation, having recorded over 9,200 new jobs to the community in the last three years.

"With the help of strategic partners like the Georgia Department of Economic Development, Gwinnett has become a leader in the area of job creation in the state of Georgia," said Jim Maran, president & CEO, Gwinnett Chamber. "We look forward to working with Commissioner Cummiskey in achieving the Gwinnett Chamber's top priority of attracting high-wage jobs to Gwinnett and the state of Georgia."

The Chamber's vice president of economic development and Partnership Gwinnett, Nick Masino, believes regional and statewide marketing is key to the success of the internationally recognized and award-winning metro community. "It is only with the collaboration of the Georgia Department of Economic Development, Georgia Power, GEDA, the EMCs and other valuable partners that Partnership Gwinnett has been so successful. I believe I can speak for everyone at this event when I say that we are excited about continuing to work with our partners at the State and look forward to what the future holds for all of us."

The Georgia Leadership Welcome Reception was co-hosted by Gwinnett Chamber Economic Development and a host of economic development partners, including the Cobb Chamber, Georgia Economic Developers Association (GEDA), Georgia Power, Jackson County Chamber, and the Metro Atlanta Chamber. Additional sponsors include Platinum Sponsor Electric Cities of Georgia (ECG), and Gold Sponsors AGLResources; Athens-Clarke County Economic Development Foundation, Inc.; Oconee County Economic Development Department; Pattillo Industrial Real Estate; and Wakefield Beasley & Associates.

For more information on the Gwinnett Chamber's job creation efforts, please visit


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