The Gwinnett Chamber recently traveled to Austin, Texas for its annual Strategic Leadership Visit (SLV), having last visited Austin in 2012. The SLV brings together a select group of elected and government officials, business leaders, and community partners to visit a like-minded city in North America to explore best practices to apply back home. With more than 90 attendees, this year’s group was the largest in Gwinnett Chamber history.

The three-day program covered informative sessions on transportation, the Austin Independent School District, mall redevelopment, affordable housing, and city policy on urban camping. Attendees also experienced travel on the city’s light rail system and a tour of Austin Community College, a former shopping mall redeveloped through a public-private partnership.

Jackson EMC was the SLV’s presenting sponsor. Additional sponsors included Andersen Tate Carr, Axis Companies, Georgia Power, Skanska, Precision Planning, HNTB, IBM, Evermore CID, Gateway85 Gwinnett CID, Gwinnett Place CID, Lilburn CID, Sugarloaf CID, Lose Design, Metro Atlanta Chamber, Accent Creative Group, Mighty 8th Media, and AT&T.

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