Partnership Gwinnett celebrates job creation, investment in County

(GWINNETT- METRO ATLANTA) February 21, 2014— Partnership Gwinnett and Gwinnett Chamber Economic Development joined more than 70 business and community leaders for its annual New Company Reception last night. The event, designed to celebrate the County’s relocated or expanded businesses, recognized 16 Gwinnett companies for their growth, success, and investment in the County during 2013.

“We are proud of our proactive efforts to build and support economic development initiatives throughout the County. A result of this work is the success stories of these growing companies,” commented Gwinnett County Board of Commission Chairman Charlotte Nash, who also attended the event. “We welcome each of them to Gwinnett County and celebrate their contributions to our business community.”

Attendees included representatives from 4P Therapeutics, AKESOgen, Eagle Rock Distributing Company, Image Manufacturing Group, Lapp Group, NexxLinx, Perfetta, SolarMax, The Dennis Group, LLC, UPS Supply Chain Solutions, VetConnexx, and xpedx. The reception provided a platform for the companies to share reasons for their decision to expand within or relocate to the metro Atlanta community.

Dr. Mark Bouzyk, Chief Scientific Officer for AKESOgen, Inc., shared, “The County’s location in the center of Georgia’s Innovation Crescent, along with its close proximity to top-ranked education institutions, were deciding factors in our decision to remain and grow in the community. Our expanded Gwinnett location will allow us to develop new products, expand our capabilities, and reach new markets.” A genomics and biorepository services company, AKESOgen announced its expansion into a nearly 14,000-square-foot facility in December, and plans to add up to ten employees during 2014.

New and expanding small businesses and startup companies were also in attendance, including the 2013 Amazing Entrepreneur winner, Palmetto Grant Consulting; 2013 Amazing Entrepreneur finalist, Flairtab; and coworking support services, NEX Labs, Inc. and the Work Spot.

“The numerous resources and support services offered throughout Gwinnett County proved invaluable during the beginning stages of our business development. We are proud to be a part of a community that recognizes the important role small businesses and entrepreurs play in economic stability and success,” commented Susan Bacon, Founder and President of Palmetto Grant Consulting.

The County’s community and economic development initiative, Partnership Gwinnett, was launched in 2007 to recruit, retain, and attract business to the community. In 2013, the initiative assisted in 22 relocations or expansions, facilitating 1,594 new jobs and more than $44 million in investment for Gwinnett County.

“We are pleased to recognize the contributions of these companies to Gwinnett’s economic prosperity,” stated Randy Dellinger, Gwinnett District Manager for Jackson EMC and 2014 Partnership Gwinnett Chairman. “The Partnership Gwinnett team continually works to showcase and promote Gwinnett’s many assets to new and expanding companies, and we look forward to continued success moving into the new year.”

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