GwMA's October Meeting Held in Lawrenceville's City Council Chamber

October 27, 2017
The October 2017 meeting of the Gwinnett Municipal Association was held in the recently-constructed Lawrenceville City Council Chamber.  The City of Lawrenceville hosted the meeting, along with local restaurant McCrays On The Square, for members to tour the City Hall improvements and to hear from Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle.

Mayor Judy Jordan Johnson opened the meeting with greetings and announcements about Lawrenceville’s activities, growth and new developments.  Lawrenceville recently revealed a significant public-private partnership that will eventually transform the area between the Lawrenceville Lawn and City Hall.
   
After welcoming guests and conducting the city roll call GwMA President Steve Edwards introduced Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle to speak about issues and relations between cities and the office of the Lieutenant Governor.  Lieutenant Governor briefly reviewed the impact of the Great Recession on Georgia and the requirement for over $3 billion in spending cuts.  Today, the state is experiencing growth and diversity in industries.  Lt. Governor Cagle recognized that cities were “moving the ball forward” with their redevelopment of historic downtowns.

Several opportunities were mentioned by Lt. Governor Cagle.  Georgia may be a contender for the second Amazon headquarters and the film industry continues to invest and develop facilities in the state.  Lt. Governor Cagle highlighted opportunities for job growth, particularly in fields that require licenses, certificates and technical training.  On a somber note, Lt. Governor Cagle mentioned that, while Gwinnett County and its cities have seen recovery and growth, many cities in Georgia continue to be stagnant or even in decline.  Georgia Municipal Association was mentioned for its role and continued effort to support Georgia’s cities.
 
GwMA recognizes Lawrenceville’s Mayor Johnson, Council Members, City Manager Chuck Warbington and Community Development Director Lisa Sherman and her staff for their work to make the October General Session a successful meeting.