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Norcross Mayor Craig Newton receives a Certificate of Dedication award from Georgia Municipal Association officials during the organization’s recent conference in Savannah. Newton was one of 10 mayors from across Georgia who received the award.

Norcross Mayor Craig Newton was recently recognized by the Georgia Municipal Association for his commitment to being a good public official.

Well “dedication” is the actual word that GMA officials are using to describe it.

Newton was one of 10 municipal officials from across Georgia who received GMA’s Certificate of Dedication during the association’s recent conference in Savannah.

“This is outstanding achievement truly speaks to the dedication shown by these recipients,” GMA Executive Director Larry Hanson said.

“We commend Mayor Newton for this accomplishment and for the commitment he’s shown in using this valuable resource to become a more effective city official. He serves as an example to other city officials across the state.

The certificate is handed out to municipal officials who complete at least 276 hours of training. That includes 108 hours of training in courses included on GMA’s required list of training classes.

Association officials said 18 of those hours must be in classes included on GMA’s Advanced Leadership Track.

In order to maintain his certificate, Newton must undergo at least nine hours of training each year to keep the certification.

“The dedication shown by these 10 public servants from across the state to enhance their skills and knowledge of municipal governance is remarkable,” UGA Carl Vinson Institute of Government Director Laura Meadows said in a statement.

“Their commitment to education means they are bringing back tools, insights, knowledge, resources and networks to strengthen their cities. The Institute of Government is proud to partner with GMA to make this expanded training opportunity available to Georgia’s city leaders.”

Mayors to discuss future plans at Southwest Gwinnett ChamberThe Southwest Gwinnett Chamber will get to hear what the future holds for the cities of Berkeley Lake, Norcross and Peachtree Corners this week.

Berkeley Lake Mayor Lois Salter, Norcross Mayor Craig Newton and Peachtree Corners Mayor Mike Mason will participate in a panel discussion on the area’s economic health and future during the chamber’s monthly meeting from 7:30 a.m. until 9 a.m. Friday at the Hilton Atlanta Northeast, which is located at 5993 Peachtree Industrial Boulevard in Peachtree Corners.

Anyone interested in attending the event is asked to RSVP by noon Thursday by registering at or by emailing Beth Coffey at Admission is $30 for chamber members and $35 for non-members before noon Thursday. Afterwards, it will be $40.

Upcoming The Gwinnett Young Democrats will hold its monthly meeting from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Good Word Brewing and Public House, which is located 3085 Main St. in Duluth.♦

♦ The Gwinnett County Republican Party and the Gwinnett Young Republicans will co-host a Family Fun Day and Cookout from noon to 3 p.m. July 13 at the Tribble Mill Park Oak Pavilion, 2125 Tribble Mill Parkway in Lawrenceville. Hamburger and hot dog plates with a drink will cost $10.

Political Notebook appears in the Sunday edition of the Gwinnett Daily Post.

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