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Minority leadership a goal in relaunched Partnership Gwinnett effort

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Business leaders want to boost minority leadership and educational programs to draw more jobs to Gwinnett.

The initiatives are part of the second phase of the Partnership Gwinnett program, a Chamber of Commerce-led community campaign which is credited with drawing 280 companies and 12,000 jobs to the county since 2007.

"We've got to continue to recruit new companies, help small businesses," said Nick Masino, the chamber vice president leading the program. "We've got to continue to up our game."

After unveiling a new set of plans for the next five years, Masino said the economic goals are coupled with quality of life initiatives to create an environment for growth.

One of the biggest needs, he said, is more minority leadership in a community where 51 percent of the population is non-white.

"It's not reflective of the community," he said of current leadership. "It's something we've got to actively work on."

Another big part of the plan is an internship program for high school and college students in an attempt to keep them in the community.

Initiatives in the first five years of the program included establishing entrepreneurial programs, working to outreach to minorities and young professionals and establishing an arts council.

"Despite the economic downturn and nationwide unemployment crisis, Gwinnett County has had the lowest jobless rate in the core Metro Atlanta counties for the past 28 months," said Randy Dellinger, district manager at Jackson EMC who is a co-chair of the rebranded effort. "This is not by accident. It is through the partnership of dedicated individuals from the public and private sectors working in sync to generate results. This new economic development strategy for Gwinnett will confidently lead our community into the next five years to create more jobs and wealth in our county."

The new strategy, which is detailed at partnershipgwinnett.com, was created with help from hundreds of volunteers, working during the last eight months giving input in surveys, focus groups and interviews.

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NewsReader 2 years, 4 months ago

One of the biggest needs, he said, is more minority leadership in a community where 51 percent of the population is non-white.

Well, anything greater than 50% doesn't exactly make it a minority now does it? If there is a majority "non-white", then here's a novel idea...vote them into office.

What's your definition of "quality of life" Masino?

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apsLilburn 2 years, 4 months ago

Mr Masino, put your money where your mouth is. Resign immediately and appoint a "minority" to take your vice president slot. Quit talking and show what YOU need to do to help with the counties "biggest need". Up your game!!

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ACC12_SEC13Booster 2 years, 4 months ago

""It's not reflective of the community," he said of current leadership."

...What leadership?

Does Mr. Masino mean the real estate developers, land spectulators, seedy big-business interests and stone-coldhearted hustlers that would sell their mothers for a dollar that make up the current Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners? Because the people that Mr. Masino refers to as county "leaders" aren't even reflective of the white community.

Would Mr. Masino feel any better if the "leaders" selling us out were people of color instead? From the way he talks, I guess so.

From Mr. Masino's standpoint, I guess it would be better if the politicians, hustlers and crooks robbing this county blind were minorities instead of white.

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BuzzG 2 years, 4 months ago

If 51 per cent of the population is non-white, then you, Mr. Masino, are a minority.

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kevin 2 years, 4 months ago

The white minority are well reprsented on the Gwinnett BOC. They all look out for land developers, county employees, anyone with big money. Did you see where Nash found $1 million and decided to pay the employees for 2 holidays instead of paying our bills. That makes it look like Gwinnett's payroll is $500,000/day. Great decision Nash. Glad she is only temporary. Do not re-elect people and we won't be in this situation.

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CD 2 years, 4 months ago

I really enjoy the newest Vonage commercial: "the phone company is stealing us blind". The couple merrily hands over their wallets and household possessions to the invading thieves. This could easily be adapted to a BOC campaign commercial by Landmark.

In all seriousness, it saddens me that the general public has yet to wake up. My hope is that occurs before it really is too late.

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kevin 2 years, 4 months ago

Glad to see you and some others keep up with the raping of America. We must get the word out to stop re-electing people and we avoid them from getting "fat" and powerful off of our tax money. We must keep giving neew people a chance. They can't do us more harm that's for sure. Until they start repsenting what WE want the county to be like, we don't need them representing us.

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kevin 2 years, 4 months ago

Masino has been a long time, signed, sealed, delivered politician. He wants to trun Gwinnett into Marrietta or Dekalb county before long. All this for the sake of money to spend. Know one is talking about the lowering of our property values, lower tax base, and higher crime. Nick could care less about this. I wish Ms. Camie Young, the reporter, would print the details of Mr. Masino's 5 yr plan. No wonder Suwanee kicked him out as Mayor.

Partnership Gwinnett is another org that taxpayers need to keep an eye on. Jackson EMC also is run by liberals. I wouldn't use them for my electricity. They are a non-profit (co-op) that gives our money away instead of returning the profits to their customers. They give the crumbs back to their customers.

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Karl 2 years, 4 months ago

Hey Kev, did you run out of your medication and forget to get the script refilled? The article is about an initiative of the Chamber of Commerce and you're going wacko on the Board of Commissioners and an electric company!

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