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MARAN: Technology: Where Georgia and Gwinnett lead

Photo by Corinne Nicholson

Photo by Corinne Nicholson

Technology permeates every aspect of life in our present day.

Advanced Micro Devices, NCR, Cisco, Suniva, McKesson and Merial.

These are just a handful of technology brand names that are actively doing business in Georgia's leading community for job growth.

That's right: According to preliminary reports from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Gwinnett is leading the state of Georgia and more than 325 large counties across the U.S. in job growth for 2010 -- and the technology industry is playing a huge part in that success.

From the email and phone conversations we have, to the business deals we close, technology -- whether digital, industrial, medical or social -- drives the world. And the best part about it, the state of Georgia and Gwinnett are home to some of the most prolific educational assets, businesses, research organizations and innovative products that this industry delivers.

Just yesterday, Gov. Nathan Deal announced from the Alpharetta headquarters of McKesson Technology Solutions a new marketing strategy for the state of Georgia and the technology industry.

The slogan "Where Georgia Leads" was released in partnership with the Technology Association of Georgia. This new marketing strategy has been designed to unearth and showcase the strength of industry that Georgia has in technology and communicate not only to the outside world, but also to us -- the business communities of Georgia that collectively make up what the state offers to the tech industry.

This is a strategy that every community in Georgia can get behind because we all have it in our borders to share, and thus harness to attract more of the same to our great State.

Gwinnett fully supports the "Where Georgia Leads" initiative and is excited to share technology strengths such as those listed below with our local, national and global communities.

* An Advanced Micro Devices multi-million dollar data center expansion occurred in 2011.

* Fortune 500 NCR Global Corporate Headquarters relocated and expanded in 2009.

* Gwinnett is home of the Cisco Service Provider Video Technology Group, formerly known as Scientific-Atlanta.

* Gwinnett has one of Hewlett Packard's seven worldwide data centers.

* Quality Technical Services' Global Operations headquarters is in Gwinnett County.

* In 2010, tw telecom announced a major expansion of its fiber network in the metro Atlanta area. Tw telecom's advanced fiber network in Atlanta now stretches more than 550 route miles in the metro area with a significant footprint in Gwinnett County

* Gwinnett Technical College offers the only data center certification program in Georgia.

* Six major financial data centers thrive in Gwinnett.

* Along with the Greater Atlanta region, Gwinnett is home to 21 public and private institutions of higher learning.

* Sage Software, creator of Act! Software, employs more than 650 people of which 250 are IT professionals right here in Gwinnett.

* Gwinnett has more than 150 percent more professionals employed in the software publishing industry than the national average.

With a statewide marketing effort surrounding local attempts to recruit business, expand business, and create an overall awareness that we work and play among a strong, technology-savvy community, Gwinnett's efforts will now be doubled as a result. Georgia is home to a number of strong technology industry clusters, and it is among the top states in the nation for logistics, financial technology, information security and IT communication. Georgia also leads the nation in health IT. Combined, these clusters bring in more than $80 billion in revenue each year. The strength of the clusters has contributed to attracting and retaining top technology companies from around the globe, including McKesson, NCR, First Data and CorFire.

For more information on technology in Gwinnett, contact Nicole Wright, business development manager for the Gwinnett Chamber, and for more information on the campaign, visit www.wheregaleads.com. Be sure to also use #whereGAleads in your Twitter streams when talking about technology of any kind and support Georgia's technology industry.