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National association honors Gwinnett Chamber

DULUTH - The American Chamber of Commerce Executives presented the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce with two national awards for communications excellence at its 2008 National Conference in Pittsburgh, Pa. last week.

The awards recognized the Partnership Gwinnett Community and Economic Development Strategy and the Focus Newsletter as one of the nation's top economic development initiatives and member newsletters, respectively.

This year's ACE competition drew hundreds of entries from chambers throughout the U.S. and Canada. The Awards for Communications Excellence is an annual competition that recognizes excellence in all areas of chamber of commerce communications.

"Both of these Gwinnett Chamber initiatives represent some of the profession's finest in innovation, talent, and leadership," said Douglas S. Kinsinger, ACCE chairman and president and CEO of the Topeka Chamber of Commerce.

Partnership Gwinnett is a countywide economic and community development initiative launched in 2007 and led by the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce and a host of public and private partners. In its first year, 40 companies relocated or expanded major new facilities in Gwinnett, resulting in 2,900 new high wage jobs for the county and two incentive-driven projects that created $150 million in capital investment.

The Chamber's Focus Newsletter has the largest local circulation of any chamber newsletter in the state with nearly 10,000 readers, including the top CEOs and elected leadership in the State of Georgia.

"Our long-term goal at the chamber is to make Gwinnett the prototype county of tomorrow with a national reputation for job creation, educational attainment and quality of life. Being honored as one of the best in the country from peer metro chambers shows we're on the right track," said Demming Bass, vice president of marketing and public policy for the Gwinnett Chamber and ACCE national communications division chairman.