Partnership Gwinnett, in collaboration with The Council for Quality Growth, announced the winners of the 2017 Metro Atlanta Redevelopment Summit (MARS) Awards Friday at the annual event held at the Studio Movie Grill in Duluth.

Presented by Georgia Power, the Metro Atlanta Redevelopment Summit is the premier redevelopment event in the Atlanta region, bringing together more than 250 developers, commercial real estate brokers, elected officials, business leaders and community development experts. The summit offers guests an exclusive look at the region’s current redevelopment projects as well as insight into trends and best practices in the industry.

2017 Neighborhood Redevelopment Award winner, Local Republic, Lawrenceville

“Redevelopment offers the opportunity to revitalize and reactivate areas in metro Atlanta that may have been forgotten,” stated Gwinnett County Commission Chairman Charlotte Nash. “As leaders we know how important it is to have policies and practices in place to promote revitalization and support the future of our region.”

The MARS Awards recognize outstanding redevelopment projects in the region, along with one individual, for their commitment and exceptional redevelopment work in metro Atlanta.

“Redevelopment is an important driver of economic development in metro Atlanta,” said Doug Jenkins, Metro North Region Manager for Georgia Power Company. “The Metro Atlanta Redevelopment Summit gives industry leaders a platform to promote and celebrate the region’s redevelopment projects and we are delighted to return as the summit’s presenting sponsor.”

2017 Community Redevelopment Award winner, Echo Lakeside, Peachtree Corners

Partnership Gwinnett and the Council for Quality Growth presented the following awards recognizing redevelopment projects in our region:

  • 2017 Neighborhood Redevelopment Award – Local Republic, Lawrenceville
  • 2017 Community Redevelopment Award – Echo Lakeside, Peachtree Corners
  • 2017 Regional Redevelopment Award – Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Brookhaven

The last award presented at this year’s MARS, the 2017 Redevelopment Champion of the Year, recognized one individuals’ dedication and success in redevelopment. The award was given to Jim Jacoby, Founder and CEO of Jacoby Development for leading an exemplary effort in redevelopment in metro Atlanta. Jim has dedicated much of his professional career to the improvement & advancement of the metro Atlanta area.  His firm specializes in environmentally sensitive multi-use properties and the reclamation of impaired sites. He has been the driver behind many landmark projects in the region including Atlantic Station and Aerotropolis Atlanta.

2017 Regional Redevelopment Award winner, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Brookhaven

“We always look forward to co-hosting this summit with Partnership Gwinnett,” said Michael Paris, President and CEO of the Council for Quality Growth. “The partnership is extremely valuable to advocating the development efforts in the metro region and we are always happy to see the hard work and dedication of redevelopment be rewarded.”

“The Metro Atlanta Redevelopment Summit celebrates the world class projects and individuals that keep our region at the forefront of community and economic development,” said Nick Masino, Chief Economic Development Officer at Partnership Gwinnett. “It’s important that we convene with our regional partners in a forum to collaborate on redevelopment efforts, that are vital to our success.”

About Partnership Gwinnett
Partnership Gwinnett is a public-private initiative dedicated to bringing new jobs and capital investment to Gwinnett County, Georgia. Since 2006, Partnership Gwinnett has worked with its local partners to attract and retain jobs, cultivate capital investment, support educational institutions, foster workforce development, and contribute to the exceptional quality of life found in Gwinnett. Fueled by the support of over one hundred companies, municipalities, Gwinnett County, K-12 and higher education systems, the mission of Partnership Gwinnett is to strengthen the community’s diverse economy to compete in the global marketplace and position Gwinnett as the premiere place to live, work and play. To learn more about Partnership Gwinnett please visit

2017 Redevelopment Champion of the Year, Jim Jacoby, Founder and CEO of Jacoby Development

About the Council for Quality Growth
The Council for Quality Growth, a not-for-profit trade association, is the only organization that works every day to ensure the Metro Atlanta region’s regulatory environment supports quality growth and development. As the only advocacy organization that operates broadly across the growth and development industry, the Council for Quality Growth brings together and advocates for those who work at the intersection of public policy and private investment.  The Council addresses, head-on, strategic economic planning, infrastructure needs and tough quality-of-life issues throughout the metro Atlanta region and state and is proactively involved in the formulation of policy and legislation critical to the industry.


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