Following the Gwinnett Chamber August board meeting, Gwinnett Chamber President and CEO Nick Masino announced that the chamber’s board approved a resolution to support the upcoming November 3 transit referendum. If the referendum passes, implementation of a 30-year, one-cent county sales tax will be used to fund transit expansion and enhancement projects and services in Gwinnett or that benefit Gwinnett.
The Gwinnett Chamber board of directors encourages all registered voters in Gwinnett County to vote in favor of approving the referendum scheduled for November 3, 2020.
“Concerning Gwinnett’s economic potential, the development of transportation alternatives is essential for retaining and attracting new and expanded businesses and high-paying jobs,” says Gwinnett Chamber President & CEO Nick Masino. “The development of a robust transit system gives our county regional connectivity, greater access to top workforce talent, and improved mobility throughout the county where our residents have the enhanced ability to live, learn, work, and play.”
Early voting for the transit referendum is set to begin Oct. 12 and continue until Oct. 31. To learn more about the transit referendum, click here. To read more about Connect Gwinnett Transit Plan, including a comprehensive report, click here.
The Gwinnett Chamber November 2020 Transit Referendum Resolution reads as follows:
Whereas the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors recognizes that strategic investment in infrastructure to serve a dynamic, growing community is essential for continued economic and community well-being, and
Whereas Gwinnett County is the second most populous county in the State of Georgia, and
Whereas over 950,000 people reside in Gwinnett County, and
Whereas Gwinnett County is expected to continue to grow to 1.4 million residents by 2035, becoming the most populous county in the State of Georgia, and
Whereas a transportation system that includes a wide range of options is critical to addressing accessibility and mobility needs of existing and future residents and businesses, and
Whereas the development of transportation alternatives is vital for retaining and attracting new and expanded business, retail, cultural, recreational, residential, and educational assets to Gwinnett County, and
Whereas continued success in the retention and creation of jobs in Gwinnett County is dependent upon the ability of businesses to access talented, skilled employees, and
Whereas sustained and adequate funding for the creation of a regionally connected transit system is key to the ability of Gwinnett County to provide all residents and businesses of the county with the mobility and transportation services needed to sustain a vibrant and growing community, and
Whereas Gwinnett County has undertaken substantial technical analysis and community engagement to create a refined set of projects to advance transit within the county and to connect to the greater metro Atlanta region, of which the Atlanta-Region Transit Link Authority Board unanimously approved on July 9, 2020, and
Whereas the ATL Board-approved list of transit project services offer a desirable arrangement for the development of a robust, regionally connected transit system that will benefit all residents and businesses in Gwinnett County,
Be it therefore resolved that the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors supports the transit project list submitted by Gwinnett County to the ATL Board, as well as the implementation of a 30-year, one-cent county sales tax that will be used to fund transit expansion and enhancement projects and services in Gwinnett or that benefit Gwinnett, and, furthermore, encourages all registered voters in Gwinnett County to vote in favor of approving the referendum scheduled for November 3, 2020.