More than 30 Gwinnett County elected officials and community and business leaders went north to Washington, D.C., this week to talk with both of Georgia’s senators as well as two of the county’s three congressmen.

The Gwinnett Chamber organized the Washington, D.C., fly-in. The local leaders met with U.S. Reps. Rob Woodall and Jody Hice as well as U.S. Sens. Johnny Isakson and David Perdue, all R-Ga., during their trip to discuss a wide range of issues.

“I was proud once again to welcome the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce to Washington, D.C.,” Isakson said in a statement. “It’s always beneficial to hear directly from community leaders advocating for their priorities with one shared voice to ensure we can continue to work on their behalf in Congress.”

During the visit, there was a round table discussion between the local officials and Isakson, Perdue, Woodall and Hice as they discussed economic development, water, energy and environment, health care, transportation, education, tourism, entertainment, the arts and workforce issues.

Woodall’s office said the group met with White House Council of Economic Advisers Chairman Kevin Hassett during the trip as well.

“Under Dan Kaufman’s leadership, the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce has done incredible work promoting small businesses, bolstering our local entrepreneurs, and making Georgia’s 7th Congressional District the best place to pursue the American Dream,” Woodall said in a statement.

“It was an honor to host the Gwinnett Chamber for its annual trip, and I look forward to partnering with the Georgia congressional delegation to continue promoting policies that support quality jobs in Gwinnett County and further reduce unemployment in the region.”

Gwinnett Chamber President Dan Kaufman as well incoming chamber president Nick Masino, members of the chamber board, Partnership Gwinnett officials, county commissioners, county administrator Glenn Stephens, Lawrenceville Mayor Judy Jordan Johnson and Lawrenceville City Manager Chuck Warbington and state Sen. Brandon Beach were among the local officials who participated in the fly-in.

Officials from the Gwinnett County Department of Transportation, Gwinnett county Department of Water Resources, Gwinnett Medical Center, Georgia Power, Jackson Electric Membership Corporation, North Fulton Community Improvement District and the Atlanta Regional Commission also participated in the fly-in.

“It was great to see some familiar faces from the Gwinnett County Chamber of Commerce on Capitol Hill,” Hice said in a statement. “They represent more than 2,500 businesses that are helping our local communities thrive and are an integral part of making Georgia the best state in the country to do business.

“I always enjoy speaking with the Chamber about strategies to maintain and expand opportunities in the state of Georgia so that areas like ours continue to flourish.”

Perdue used the visit to highlight the work done by chambers of commerce around the state, such as the Gwinnett Chamber.

“It’s no secret Georgia is the best state in the country in which to do business, and our chambers deserve much of the credit for that success,” Perdue said. “Local business leaders understand the impact of important policy decisions better than anyone.

“Groups like the Gwinnett Chamber know that Washington must work at a business-pace in order for Georgia to continue benefiting from pro-growth policies. Together, we will work to advance our Georgia priorities and get government out of the way, so we can unleash our full economic potential.”

In a statement released by Woodall’s office, Kaufman praised the congressman, who has announced he will not seek re-election next year.

“For nearly a decade, Congressman Woodall has supported small businesses, local entrepreneurs, and Gwinnett County. I would like to thank the Congressman for all that he has done to champion policies that grow and expand Georgia’s vibrant economy,” Kaufman said in the statement.

“The Chamber appreciates everything Congressman Woodall has done to make our trip to Washington a major success.”

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