(GWINNETT- METRO ATLANTA) February 18, 2016- Gwinnett Chamber Economic Development welcomed the County’s relocated and expanded businesses for 2015 at its annual New Company Reception last evening. The event, designed to honor companies for their growth, success, and investment in the community, was attended by over 100 business leaders and representatives from new and expanding Gwinnett organizations.

“We welcome each of these companies to Gwinnett County and are excited they have chosen to grow their businesses here,” stated Gwinnett County Commissioner Chairman Charlotte Nash. “We appreciate the investment they bring to our local economy and look forward to their continued success in the future.”

Attendees included representatives from health care giant Kaiser Permanente and industry leaders Biolife Plasma Services, a subsidiary of Baxalta, Tech-Long, and Conway. The reception also provided a platform for companies to share why they chose to expand within or relocate to the area.

“Kaiser Permanente has been caring for metro Atlanta residents for more than 30 years, and we are excited to be able to help this region’s economy thrive as well,” said Mike Wathen, Vice President of Health Plan Services and Administration, Kaiser Permanente of Georgia. “Gwinnett County has a lot to offer and is the perfect place for us to locate this new facility as we expand our presence.”

At a press conference with Gov. Nathan Deal in January 2016, Kaiser Permanente announced the purchase of a 185,000-square-foot office complex in Duluth that will help to create more than 600 jobs in Gwinnett County and an investment of $51 million.

“The availability of a strong workforce and the quality of life are why we chose Gwinnett,” said Adam Jones-Kelly, President of Conway, Inc. “Ensuring that you are in the right location is critical for the success of any corporate expansion project.”

The County’s flourishing small businesses and entrepreneurial presence was also represented. Attendees include 2015 Amazing Entrepreneur Contest winner, Matt Choi, Founder and CEO of Sky High Tutoring, and Post Retirement Living, LLC.

Designed to recruit, retain, and attract companies to the area, Gwinnett Chamber Economic Development strives to support and promote companies in the County’s five targeted industries: Advanced Manufacturing, Headquarters/Professional Services, Health Sciences & Services, Information Technology Solutions, and Supply Chain Management.

“We realize that businesses have a choice as to where they locate, and all of these stellar companies choose Gwinnett,” stated Nick Masino, Senior Vice President, Gwinnett Chamber Economic Development and Partnership Gwinnett. “Because of our diversity, workforce and prime location in metro Atlanta, there is no better place in the world to do business.”

For more information, or to learn how to get involved in local economic development efforts, please visit www.gwinnetteconomicdevelopment.com.

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