LAWRENCEVILLE -- Community leaders and businesses were recognized for their achievements in imagination, innovation and influence during the 2012 Partnership Gwinnett Community and Economic Development Summit Friday.
Gary Campbell, senior business development manager of Hire Dynamics was given an Award of Excellence for his contributions to Gwinnett's economic development.
"I am honored to receive this prestigious award and serve in a growing and successful community such as Gwinnett County," said Campbell, an active leader in statewide initiatives including the Governor's Office of Workforce Development, getting veterans back to work, Next Generation Manufacturing and leadership roles in Atlanta Metro Chamber, Supply Chain Logistics and Workforce development councils. "What we do matters."
Imagination awards were given to Eddie Owen, the founder of Eddie Owen Presents, a revitalization of the Red Clay Theatre in Duluth, and to Gwinnett Technical College, recognized as "a model of workforce development and career-focused education."
"Gwinnett Technical College utilizes innovative learning environments to equip students to become future leaders and progressive and productive members of the community's workforce," said college President Sharon Bartels. "We support Partnership Gwinnett and its efforts to encourage educational opportunities as an effective way to develop a world class community."
Innovation awards went to Jonathan Holmes, founding partner of Mighty 8th Media, and to AGCO Global, which recently redeveloped a 19,500-square-foot facility into a one-of-a-kind agriculture equipment and technology learning center that trains agricultural producers from one central location.
At the ceremony, the Partnership Gwinnett Influence Award was presented to Marsha Anderson Bomar, senior principal of Stantec who is a Duluth City Council member. Another influence award went to 12Stone Church, which serves more than 13,000 at weekly worship services and partners with over a dozen local non-profit organizations in Gwinnett.
"We congratulate the winners of each of these awards for their outstanding achievements and contributions to the Gwinnett community," said Philip Wolfe, the CEO of Gwinnett Medical Center who is the 2012 Partnership Gwinnett chairman. "Partnership Gwinnett is committed to serving the individuals, businesses, educational institutions and entrepreneurs that make Gwinnett County a great place to live, work, and play."