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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Deal to headline Chamber lunch

Gwinnett business leaders will be among the first to hear from Georgia’s new governor, still a few weeks before he takes office.

Gov.-elect Nathan Deal will be the keynote speaker at the Chamber of Commerce’s Georgia Leadership Luncheon on Dec. 15.

The speech promises a glimpse into the future of the state, including a focus on jobs and economic development as well as education and infrastructure.

“Gwinnett County continues to lead metro Atlanta and Georgia in the areas of infrastructure development, quality of life and economic development, through our strong partnership with the state,” Chamber President Jim Maran said. “I look forward to Gov.-elect Deal’s outlook as he leads Georgia to a strong recovery in 2011.”

Deal, a Gainesville attorney who served in Congress for nearly two decades, was elected governor earlier this month, riding a wave of Republican support throughout the nation.

“As we slowly emerge from a devastating recession, the state of Georgia and Gwinnett County are in a transitional time that, for the first time in a while, looks more promising and hopeful,” Maran said in a press release. “We look forward to working with Gov.-elect Deal as we continue to carry out our public policy goals to improve upon the business climate and quality of life by growing job opportunities for the citizens of Gwinnett and the state of Georgia.”

The luncheon, which will be held at 11:30 a.m. at the Gwinnett Center, costs $55 for Chamber members and $65 for non-members. For more details, call Abby Wilkerson, program manager, Gwinnett Chamber, at 770-232-2266 or e-mail abby@gwinnettchamber.org.

Political Notebook appears in the Thursday and Sunday editions of the Gwinnett Daily Post.

Camie Young can be reached via e-mail at camie.young@gwinnettdailypost.com.