GEORGIA HIGHWAY 316:
GEORGIA’S INNOVATION CORRIDOR
Gwinnett has many advantages, beginning with its location and road system. The county is just 45 minutes from Hartsfield International Airport and 30 minutes from downtown Atlanta. Georgia Highway 316 has been extended to Athens, reducing travel time to the University of Georgia to 25 minutes. Gwinnett’s infrastructure includes more than 2,750 miles of roadways to provide excellent mobility for future business and citizens. As one of the fastest-growing counties in America for several decades, it’s no surprise that business is booming here. Three major shopping malls anchor the retail sector, while other businesses are attracted by the financial, legal, professional and technical services Gwinnett has to offer.
- Approximately 30 miles northeast of Atlanta
- County seat: Lawrenceville, GA
- 437 square miles
- Adjacent counties: Barrow, DeKalb, Forsyth, Fulton, Hall, Jackson, Rockdale, and Walton
- 80 percent of the U. S. population is within a two-hour flight
- Gateway to metro Atlanta from north and northeast via I-85 and I-985
- Easy access to University of Georgia (at Athens) via University Parkway/GA Highway 316
- Minutes from scenic Lake Lanier
- Home to 16 municipalities.
President & CEO, Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce & Partnership Gwinnett
Previously, he was Partnership Gwinnett’s Chief Economic Development Officer where he oversaw the business recruitment and retention efforts for the county. Since Partnership Gwinnett’s inception in 2007, it has brought approximately 290 company expansions or relocations, more than 28,000 new jobs, more than 9 million square feet of space filled, and more than $2.1billion in investment to Gwinnett.
He serves on the Regional Business Coalition of Metro Atlanta, the Council for Quality Growth, the Georgia Chamber and The Water Tower Global Innovation Hub @ Gwinnett, among many others.
Nicole Love Hendrickson
Chairwoman, Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners
Nicole Love Hendrickson was elected chairwoman of the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners in 2020, making her the first African American to hold this position. Prior to her election, she was the founding director the Gwinnett County Community Outreach program, under the leadership of former Chairman Charlotte Nash. In that role, she was responsible for engaging diverse constituents in county government. She launched several community-based initiatives, including the Gwinnett 101 Citizens Academy and the Gwinnett Youth Commission. Before her tenure with the County, Nicole served as the associate director of the Gwinnett Coalition for Health and Human Services for eight years.
In addition to her primary functions as the county’s’ chief governing authority, Nicole is active on several local and statewide boards including the Atlanta Regional Commission, Metropolitan North Georgia Water District Board, Gwinnett Board of Health, Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce, Georgia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, United Way Gwinnett Community Board, and Aurora Theatre. Nicole is a proud member of the Rotary Club of Gwinnett County, having held the positions of secretary, treasurer, and public image chair.
Nicole is a 2010 graduate of Leadership Gwinnett, a 2016 graduate of the ARC’s Regional Leadership Institute, and a 2016 graduate of the Georgia Hispanic Chamber’s Cultivating Hispanic Leaders Institute.
Nicole has been recognized as Engineering Georgia’s 100 Most Influential Women in Georgia and Atlanta Business Chronicle’s Power 100: Most Influential Atlantans. She was the recipient of Congressman Hank Johnson’s Trailblazer Award, a recipient of the Gwinnett Chamber Public Service Award, and Georgia Trend named her one of the state’s top 40 under 40 in 2018.
Nicole earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Rhode Island and a master’s degree in social work from the University of Georgia. Although Nicole is a native of Rhode Island, she has called Gwinnett home since 2008. She currently resides in Lilburn with her husband and their son.
Deputy Director, Planning and Development
Roman Dakare Joined Planning and Development as a Deputy Director in 2023. Prior to that Roman served as the Director of Economic Development for Gwinnett County focusing on Business Development, Business Outreach, Redevelopment, and Small business and Entrepreneurship. Roman also worked in the Department of Financial Services for four years concentrating on Gwinnett County’s overall operating and capital budgets.
Roman earned a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the university of Missouri. Roman completed his certificate of Regional Economics & Leadership with Georgia Academy for Economic Development. Roman also completed Gwinnett County’s Internal Management Academy, and earned his Finance Officer Certificate at Carl Vinson Institute of Government at University of Georgia.