GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- The Gwinnett Chamber Economic Development won the Gold Excellence in Economic Development Award from the International Economic Development Council.
The award was issued for their Gwinnett Entrepreneurship program, in the category of Entrepreneurship for communities with populations greater that 500,000.
Nick Masina, Senior Vice President of the Gwinnett Chamber Economic Development and Partnership Gwinnett, accepted the award along with Mark Farmer, Director, Entrepreneurship and Information Services at IEDC's Annual Conference in Houston, Texas.
Jay Moon, IEDC chair said, "Our awards honor organizations and individuals for their efforts in creating positive change in communities. Gwinnett Chamber Economic Development demonstrates that they are at the forefront of the economic development profession and are using cutting-edge, effective practices that can be replicated in other communities."
"Nearly 98 percent of Georgia companies are considered small businesses, so we remain firmly committed to being a front-line resource for this business community," Chris Cummiskey, commissioner of the Georgia Department of Economic Development said.
GCED was given the award for their Entrepreneurship Council, a business plan competition, a printable Gwinnett Entrepreneur Resource Guide, progress in establishing a local SCORE chapter, and collaboration with Georgia Tech to open an Advanced Technology Development Center.