Gwinnett grows up, slows down

There are some who thought things would never slow down in go-go Gwinnett. But significant trends are changing in the county known for its unbridled growth.

Permits for single-family housing are down, almost 20 percent below the levels of the past five years. And Gwinnett's population growth has slowed, causing officials to change their prediction from 2018 to 2030 as to when the county will have 1 million residents.

These are new times for the county. How can Gwinnett adapt? How do we best build the county while playing by these new rules? How will Gwinnett continue to grow?

The county needs guidance, a map to help chart this new territory, an entity to help show the path. Partnership Gwinnett is that entity.

Called "A Shared Vision for the future," Partnership Gwinnett is an economic development and quality of life vision for Georgia's second-largest county.

This week the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce, lead sponsor of the initiative, launched the implementation phase of Partnership Gwinnett at the Capitol. Nine months of work led to the following major goals:

• Economic diversification

• Education and work force excellence

• Quality-of-life enhancements

• Marketing and outreach

The goal of the initiative is to add 64,000 jobs and improve quality of life in the county within the next five years. It's a plan that will help Gwinnett make the next step in its development.

"Gwinnett is a mature and dynamic community," said Sharon Rigsby, president of Gwinnett Technical College and co-chair of the partnership's study committee. "Partnership Gwinnett is really about moving Gwinnett from good to great."

How the county adapts to its changing environment will determine how great it becomes. The map Partnership Gwinnett provides puts the county on the right track toward that goal. Have any thoughts about this editorial? Share them with us at letters@gwinnettdailypost.com. Letters should be no more than 200 words and are subject to approval by the publisher. Letters may be edited for style and space requirements. Please sign your name and provide an address and a daytime telephone number. Address letters for publication to: Letters to the Editor, Gwinnett Daily Post, P.O. Box 603, Lawrenceville, GA 30046-0603. The fax number is 770-339-8081.