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Gwinnett Chamber asks legislators to focus on jobs

DULUTH -- Gwinnett Chamber officials want legislators focused on job creation during the upcoming year.

Leaders hosted lawmakers earlier this week, hoping to influence them to work on a pro-business, job-creating environment during the upcoming session of the General Assembly.

The Chamber's 12-page legislative agenda outlines a focus on education, water and job creation and includes work on regional transit governance, venture capital attraction and regulatory process reform.

"Gwinnett's 2012 Legislative Agenda is unlike any other that this community has put together," said Rep. Tom Rice, R-Peachtree Corners, who chairs Gwinnett's House delegation. "It unifies the entire community from business and education to process reform and infrastructure -- this year's agenda definitely shows that Gwinnett is on the same page as one community."

The legislative agenda was developed through a public policy council of business and political leaders, which worked to identify objectives for a pro-business environment, Chamber officials said in a press release.

"Whether House representative or senator, I believe every attendee in the room came away with one key message Gwinnett is one community with one voice all working toward one goal to create jobs and grow the economy," said Sen. Renee Unterman, R-Buford.

Next month, the Gwinnett Chamber plans to launch a new interactive public policy website. For more information, go to www.gwinnettchamber.org/publicpolicy today.