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Growth group to move out of Gwinnett

DULUTH -- A business group that has focused on local growth issues for nearly 30 years is moving out of Gwinnett.

The Council for Quality Growth, a not-for-profit trade association, is relocating its offices to the Perimeter area, a decade after its scope expanded to include not just Gwinnett but the entire metro Atlanta region.

"Our roots will always be in Gwinnett where this organization was planted and nurtured by visionary leaders including Wayne Mason, Ray Weeks, Wayne Shackelford and many others," the organization's CEO Michael Paris said. "As our mission, scope and prominence continue to grow, we look forward to serving our members and the region from our new central location."

Formed in 1985, when the suburban county was one of the fastest growing in the nation, the Council for Quality Growth is a collection of developers, lawyers, real estate professionals and others in the growth and development industry. In 2003, the scope widened to the metro Atlanta region, and the group now works with about 80 local governments and state leadership to advocate for certain infrastrature and regulations related to building.

On Aug. 1, the staff offices will move from the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce building in Duluth, where they have been located since the building was constructed in 2000, to the Palisades office park at Peachtree Dunwoody Road and Interstate 285 in Sandy Springs. The new locations, a press release said, will provide a more convenient, accessible place to meet with elected leaders and hold educational training and workshops for people throughout the region.

"Over the years the Council has continually expanded its footprint throughout the region," said Mason Zimmerman of Pope and Land Enterprises, who is the 2013 board chairman. "Relocating the office to the perimeter submarket will help us to continue to serve the region from a more central location."