Jim Maran

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MARAN: E-SPLOST key to schools' continued success

As the largest school system in the state and the 2010 Best Urban District in the nation with receipt of the coveted Broad Prize award, Gwinnett County's educational system -- its access to a vibrant and strong tomorrow -- is second to none.. On Nov. 8, registered voters will have

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MARAN: E-SPLOST key to schools' continued success

Education is access; it is mankind’s predominant link throughout history, an investment that can never be lost due to a challenging economy and one of the single greatest human determinants to the future. And there is no greater success story, currently, in education than what we have in Gwinnett County.

MARAN: Gwinnett must do homework before making airport decision

The Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce advocates and supports business growth and community progress for the purpose of long-term sustainability and a superior quality of life in our community. With those goals in mind, transportation in any form plays a vital role in the forward movement of those common goals.

MARAN: A lot of hard work helped trim deficit

With today’s economic climate bringing challenges this country hasn’t had to face since the 1930s, I have to take a moment and commend those who are taking bold measures to ensure Gwinnett’s sustainability through them.

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Chamber vows to inspire the entrepreneurial spirit

"Make no little plans. They have no magic to stir men's blood and probably will not themselves be realized."These words were spoken by Daniel Burnham, one of Chicago's most famous architects and urban planners at the turn of the 20th century. It was that attitude that inspired generations to invest time, talent and treasure into a city and region that has emerged as of the world's largest local economies.

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Gwinnett County sets its eye on China

The Gwinnett Chamber economic development team recently conducted its 2010 global business mission to China and Korea. Nearly 20 business delegates accompanied Gwinnett Chamber leaders over the course of 10 days as each sought opportunities for global expansion and foreign direct investment. The mission included international trade shows, one-on-one meetings and several opportunities for initial connections that would spur future growth and development. Most importantly, though, were the accomplishments realized while on this business mission to the rising super power of the East.

MARAN: Stimulus to help home market, boost local spending

Last month, the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce joined dozens of public and private sector partners to launch Let's Do Business Gwinnett, an unprecedented economic stimulus plan for Gwinnett County designed to assist homeowners, small businesses, and the construction and real estate industries by stabilizing housing prices and stimulating local consumer, business and public sector spending.

MARAN: Work needs to be done on transportation

Jobs. The need is greater than ever before. New transportation funding is critical to creating those jobs.

MARAN: Work needs to be done on transportation

Jobs. The need is greater than ever before. New transportation funding is critical to creating those jobs.Once again, the General Assembly has a chance to pass new transportation funding legislation that could generate 320,000 new jobs for Georgia.

MARAN: Jobs, mobility top Chamber's '10 priorities

Under the leadership of Chairman Bartow Morgan of Brand Bank, the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce's top 2010 priorities are a renewed focus on attracting and keeping high-wage jobs, attracting and growing high-growth entrepreneurial firms and small businesses and securing critical funds to address the region's and state's transportation crisis.

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