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Charlotte Nash looking ahead in State of the County speech

Charlotte Nash

Charlotte Nash

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Gwinnett Chairwoman Charlotte Nash says she won’t spend much time in the State of the County address Thursday looking back. Instead, she is ready to look forward to 2014 and beyond.

“While we have tried to keep forward momentum on planning for the future and implementing projects during the Great Recession, it has been difficult to do this justice,” Nash said, talking about Thursday’s speech, which is an annual Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce/Council for Quality Growth event. “We have had to be focused more on the here and now so that we could continue to provide mandated and basic services despite shrinking revenues. … We anticipate that the tax digest values will not drop in 2014. This gives us a little breathing room so that we can redirect some of our time and energy to future planning and implementation.”

The focus on the future comes at the right time, Nash said, adding that she is already focusing on plans for Gwinnett’s bicentennial, which will be marked in 2018.

“Thinking about the upcoming bicentennial has made me realize that we really need focus on getting the county ready for its third century of existence,” Nash said.

For live streaming of the event, set to begin shortly after noon at the Gwinnett Center, go to gwinnettdailypost.com.