Innovative, imaginative and influential winners to be recognized at Annual PG Economic Outlook

(GWINNETT- METRO ATLANTA) November 19, 2014— Partnership Gwinnett, the community and economic development initiative, today announced the finalists of the 2014 Partnership Gwinnett Awards. Each of the three award categories—Innovation, Imagination and Influence—will honor one community leader and one company that represent the best in Gwinnett and have demonstrated outstanding achievement and excellence in each respective category.

Finalists were selected from a record-setting field of 34 nominees that collectively represent the very best of Gwinnett leaders and corporations, positively impacting economic development.

“The finalists exemplify community and organizational transformation through their commitment to innovation, imagination and positive influence,” said Randy Dellinger, Gwinnett District Manager for Jackson EMC and Partnership Gwinnett Chairman.

“The efforts and outcomes of companies and leaders like the Award nominees and finalists compliment the work of the Partnership Gwinnett team, ensuring that Gwinnett continues to be successful at growing and attracting major employers, entrepreneurs and talent from all over the world.”

Finalists for the Imagination category include:
• Mayor Nancy Harris, City of Duluth
• Eric Van Otteren, Economic Development Manager, City of Snellville
• Eagle Rock Distributing Company
• Fusion Creative

Finalists for the Innovation category include:
• Jose Hevia, Founder & CEO, DraftServ Technologies
• Mayor Judy Jordan Johnson, City of Lawrenceville
• Loudfund
• The Suite Spot

Finalists for the Influence category include:
• Matt Hyatt, CEO, Rocket IT
• Dan King, Chapter Leader, Gwinnett Angels
• Pond & Company
• Gwinnett County Public Schools

Award winners will be announced during Partnership Gwinnett’s annual Economic Outlook on December 9. To register for the 2014 Partnership Gwinnett Economic Outlook, click here. All questions regarding the awards ceremony can be directed to Haley Tolbert at

For more information about the efforts of the award-winning Partnership Gwinnett initiative, please visit

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