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Nash to give first address

Charlotte Nash

Charlotte Nash

DULUTH — Two months since taking office, Chairwoman Charlotte Nash hasn’t had time to tackle all of the ills that have plagued Gwinnett during the past two years.

But on Wednesday, she’s likely to outline a game plan.

Nash will deliver her first State of the County address, sponsored by the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce and Council for Quality Growth.

Whereas predecessors have been excited to report on a booming economy and growth, Nash takes the reins after controversies on trash, taxes and service delivery were eclipsed by a special grand jury report detailing controversial land purchase decisions and causing the resignation of the chairman and indictment of a commissioner.

Ethics, Nash said, will be addressed in her speech, as will the county’s precarious financial situation and the value of the government employees.

Local leaders expect an optimistic appraisal of the county’s future.

“Gwinnett County continues to be a leader in infrastructure development, quality of life and economic development,” said Council for Quality Growth President Michael Paris. “I look forward to Chairman Nash’s outlook as she leads Gwinnett to a robust and prosperous 2011.”

Jim Maran, president of the Chamber of Commerce, agreed.

“Gwinnett County is in an exciting time with a future that is promising and hopeful. The Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners is working hard to create and maintain prosperity,” Maran said.

The State of the County speech is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Gwinnett Center. For more information, go to www.gwinnettstateofthecounty.com.