PROGRESS: An economy awakens

As Gwinnett continues into the new year, our annual Progress section takes a look at how an improving economy is impacting our institutions and agencies.

» Paychecks show promise of economy's improvement in Gwinnett

A sign of progress in Gwinnett’s economy was the approval of raises for county employees for the first time in five years.

» Deal proposes more K-12 education funding

Gwinnett teachers may be in line for their first raise in six years, but many have noted that Gov. Nathan Deal’s proposal for a large jump in K-12 education funding comes in an election year.

» GCPS growth, construction continues

Gwinnett County Public Schools plans to open in August its first new school since 2011, while construction continues on the district’s most-expensive school, and enrollment projections say the district will top 180,000 students in five years.

» Seven months in, GGC president not bothered by interim title

Georgia Gwinnett College Interim President Stanley “Stas” Preczewski said the interim title doesn’t affect how he leads the college even though it’s been seven months.

» Housing market on a turn-around

Foreclosures are down, prices are up and single-family permits are on the rise, as the housing market begins to turn around after a 2008 crash.

» Fewer inmates doesn't equal lower budget at jail

The Gwinnett County jail has seen a nearly 20 percent decrease in its inmate population over the last six years, but the effect on its budget — and taxpayers — has been nil.

» Movie studio is 'catalyst project' for Jimmy Carter Boulevard area

Plans for the mixed-use development site include seven sound stages, a film school and some housing on site, as well as talk of high-rise office buildings and a five-star hotel.

» Young Georgia Gwinnett College athletic program aims to keep growing

Georgia Gwinnett College athletic director Darin Wilson has built an athletic program from scratch — in a slowly recovering economy — and has guided the Grizzlies through a successful first two years.

» Champions Tour a sign of economic stability

When Gwinnett County and the TPC — Sugarloaf lost its professional golf tournament, the economy played villain. In 2013, through a title sponsor, a Champions Tour event, the Greater Gwinnett Championship, brought golf back to the county.