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Peachtree Corners Recognized for its Smart City Laboratory

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The city has received a Smart 50 Award for its 5G test track project

Incorporated just six years ago, the City of Peachtree Corners is already being recognized on the international stage as a smart city for its innovative plans to build an intelligent mobility and smart city laboratory.

The City recently received a Smart 50 Award in the “Mobility” category by Smart Cities Connect. This award recognizes communities that are developing and adopting smart technology solutions for the betterment of communities and their citizens. Each year, Smart 50 Awards annually recognize global smart cities projects, honoring the most innovative and influential work.  The most innovative and transformative initiatives are spotlighted at the Smart Cities Connect Exposition, recognized as the largest gathering of smart IoT technologies, companies, and cities from around the globe. A complete list of the Smart 50 Award winners for 2019 can be found here.

Construction of the City’s living laboratory, named Curiosity Lab at Peachtree Corners, began in early March and upon completion in mid-summer will consist of a 1.5-mile test track located on a section of Technology Parkway within Technology Park Atlanta.  This state-of-the-art living laboratory will feature Sprint’s 5G and IoT technology and offer a unique opportunity for companies to explore the next generation of intelligent mobility and IoT applications in an environment that includes interaction with real-world vehicular and pedestrian traffic. The lab’s 5G wireless network coupled with its dedicated short-range communications (DSRC) channels will also allow companies to test vehicle-to-everything (V2X) communications.

“We are extremely pleased that the City has been recognized for its plans to develop Curiosity™ Lab at Peachtree Corners,” said City Manager Brian Johnson. “It will be an asset to the innovation community and provide economic development opportunities for Peachtree Corners.” Mr. Johnson has also been asked to lead a panel discussion at the Smart Cities Connect Expo to discuss the options available to municipalities for building an IoT infrastructure that is efficient, fast, and reliable in the long-term.  This panel discussion will walk attendees through the end-to-end infrastructure considerations for smart city implementations.                                

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Memorial Day – City Hall Closed, Waste Collection Delayed One Day

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City Hall will be closed on Monday, May 27 in observance of Memorial Day. City Hall will resume normal business hours, (9 a.m. – 4 p.m.) on Tuesday, May 28.

Memorial Day is a trash and recycling holiday for Waste Management; the collection will be delayed by one day for the entire week (i.e. Monday’s collection will be on Tuesday; Tuesday’s on Wednesday; Wednesday’s on Thursday; Thursday’s on Friday; and Friday’s on Saturday.)

Please have your trash at the curb by 6:00 a.m. on your collection day.

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Councilmember Sadd Among 2019 Leadership Gwinnett Graduating Class

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Councilmember Phil Sadd, who represents Post 1, is among the 39 local leaders to graduate from the Leadership Gwinnett Class of 2019.

Sadd was selected last spring for the prestigious nine-month program that began in August 2018. The class represented diverse industries including education, law, corporate, nonprofit, technology, health care, politics and government. All who graduate are more knowledgeable about the issues and challenges facing Gwinnett County and are more connected to the county’s decision makers and leaders, according to a 2018 Deloitte alumni impact survey.

“I entered into the leadership Gwinnett program already in a leadership position and feeling like I was doing the most I could,” said Sadd. “Leadership Gwinnett was the key to unlocking my additional growth. Because of the connections I’ve made and things I’ve learned, my potential has expanded.”

The Leadership Gwinnett program is designed to educate, equip and engage diverse leaders and inspire civic involvement. During the program the class participated in two major retreats, eight monthly study groups and seven learning days.The program included presentations from 150 speakers covering topics such as leadership in a world class community, infrastructure, economics, education, and health & human services.

“We are proud that Phil was selected to be part of the Leadership Gwinnett Class of 2019,” said Mayor Mike Mason. “I know he benefitted immensely by participating and undoubtedly, the city will benefit as well.”

Leadership Gwinnett’s vision is to develop a thriving community sustained by an inclusive network of empowered leaders. Participants greatly understand civic and social issues and leverage their connections for Gwinnett’s greater good. From its founding in 1985, nearly 1,200 have graduated from the program.

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Peachtree Corners Earns 2nd Distinguished Budget Presentation Award

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Gwinnett County’s newest city, Peachtree Corners, has been honored with the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for the second straight year. The award was presented by the Government Finance Officers Association, a national association focused on government finance policy and management.

The award represents a significant achievement by the city’s Finance Department and its Finance Director. It reflects the commitment of the governing body and staff in meeting the highest principles of governmental budgeting. It is the 6-year-old city’s second time applying for the award and signifies the city’s commitment to transparency in its budgeting process.

“The city is dedicated to fiscal responsibility at every level and this award proves our commitment,” said Brian Johnson, City Manager. “The award also illustrates the city’s commitment to communications in the budgeting process.”

To receive the budget award, the city had to satisfy nationally recognized guidelines for effective budget presentation. These guidelines are designed to assess how well the city’s budget serves as:

  • A policy document
  • A financial plan
  • An operations guide
  • A communications device

Budget documents must be rated “proficient” in all four categories, and in the 14 mandatory criteria within each of those categories to receive the award.

“This is an important award that validates Peachtree Corners’ commitment to responsible and successful budgeting,” said Brandon Branham, Finance Director. “We strive for excellence in all financial matters and appreciate this national recognition for our ongoing efforts.”

The Government Finance Officers Association is a non-profit organization serving the needs of more than 19,000 government finance professionals throughout North America. The association is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, with offices in Washington D.C.

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