Entertaining the body and mind
The Arena at Gwinnett Center welcomes some of music's biggest acts along with a multitude of other major events to the county. As Gwinnett grows, so does the arena's reputation. On the flip side, Gwinnett's library system has not handled the growth as well, with nearly $3 million in funding cuts causing the system to adopt a branch "buddy" model.
DULUTH -- In 2005, the Arena at Gwinnett Center celebrated the milestone of welcoming its 1 millionth patron. Fast-forward to 2012: The venue has topped 7 million visitors with more added with each event. The building hosts more than 815,000 people a year.
With funding down, the Gwinnett County Public Library officials have struggled to keep up with a growing community. Last year, the system of 15 local branches implemented a "buddy branch model" to handle $2.8 million in funding cuts from the county.