Lawrenceville Breaks Ground on New $20M Public Works Facility

Published: February 28, 2017


Lawrenceville Breaks Ground on New $20M Public Works Facility

City Uses Public Investment to Build New Home for Over 100 Employees



The City of Lawrenceville held a groundbreaking ceremony today to celebrate the future site of its Public Works operations that included a traditional shovel ceremony commemorating the start of construction for the new facility that will soon be home to 112 city employees. The total investment of the project is estimated to be around $20 million.

“We are grateful for all of those involved that have made it possible to build this new facility for some of the most crucial departments in the city. The departments that will be housed there are the backbone of Lawrenceville and what they contribute to the city every day is absolutely invaluable”, said Mayor Judy Jordan Johnson.

Croft and Associates, the architectural and engineering firm managing the project, will begin prep of the site this month. Construction will be completed by Reeves Young, with architectural design competed by Precision Planning and an intersection being added to Pike Street by E.R. Snell Contractor, Inc. Facility operations to be housed out of the new site include Electric, Gas, Damage Prevention, Fleet Maintenance and Streets and Sanitation Services.

The new facility is being completely funded through public investment with the use of bonds and is scheduled for completion in early 2018.

For project updates and more information on the City of Lawrenceville, please visit

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Lawrenceville Events Win Regional Awards, Bring Home the Gold and Bronze

Published: February 24, 2017


Lawrenceville Events Win Regional Awards, Bring Home the Gold and Bronze

Local Community Events Win 2017 Kaleidoscope Awards from the Southeast Festivals and Events Association



The City of Lawrenceville received accolades for two of its annual community events, Hometown Christmas Parade and Rock’n Ribville, as among the best in the Southeast. The Hometown Christmas Parade took home the Gold for Best Photo (photo taken by Brad Fryman) and Bronze for Best New Event and Rock’n Ribville received the Bronze Award for Best Event (under $75,000 budget). The awards ceremony was held in conjunction with the 14th Annual SFEA Conference that includes festival and event organizers from Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia.

“The quality of submissions continues to increase each year making it more difficult for the judges to select the winners,” noted Brenda Pierce, executive director for SFEA.  “Of course, to ‘win gold,’ becomes all the sweeter when there is additional competition and the recognition a festival receives for winning is priceless.”

The Kaleidoscope Award winners are chosen by a panel of experts in event planning, marketing and tourism. The judges scored each entry based on originality, creativity, media impact, volunteer programs, and the overall impact to the community.

Lawrenceville City Manager, Chuck Warbington added, “Events hosted by the City are some of the greatest contributors to building a community that maintains a strong sense of place, in turn, creating a more vibrant and attractive community. We are so proud of every team member that helps make these events possible and appreciate the hard work they put in day after day.”

For information on all upcoming events in Lawrenceville, visit and connect with us at Also, make plans to join us in the City’s Historic Downtown Square for the first event of the season, St. Paddy’s on Perry, March 17th from 4pm-10pm!

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Lawrenceville Announces 2017 Event Lineup

Published: February 9, 2017


 Lawrenceville Announces 2017 Event Lineup

 City Organizes Community Activities throughout the Downtown District

The City of Lawrenceville announces the schedule of community events for 2017, including all of the City-sponsored activities and events happening in the Historic Downtown District. Lawrenceville will continue its annual tradition of bringing hometown favorite events to the Lawrenceville Square but will also feature some new events as well.

Mayor Judy Jordan Johnson said “We are excited to be able to host these events throughout the year for people to enjoy and provide the framework for creating memories with friends and family in the process. Being able to generate a sense of community among residents and visitors alike is Lawrenceville’s focus and prides itself in hosting these events year after year.”

Make plans to visit Lawrenceville and experience any of the following family-friendly events taking place throughout 2017:


March 9 – April 16          The Bridges of Madison County

March 17                           St. Paddy’s on Perry

March 18                           Gwinnett Life Run

March 31                           “Moonlit Garden Dreams” Homeschool Prom


April 7 – April 30          A Bicycle Country/Pais de Bicicleta

April 15                            Breakfast with the Easter Bunny

April 15                            1st Baptist Church of Lawrenceville Easter Egg Hunt

April 22                           Family Promise Bed Race

April 22                           Paws in the Park

April 29                           ArtsFest Gwinnett


May 4 – May 28            Split In Three

May 4                              Pizza with the Police

May 6                              Comic Book Day

May 12                            Movies on the Lawn

May 14                            Doll and Me Tea

May 19                            Summer Concert Series


June 9                             Movies on the Lawn

June 16                           Princess and Me Father-Daughter Dance

June 30                                Summer Concert Series


July 3                              Prelude to the 4th

July 14                            Movies on the Lawn

July 28                           Summer Concert Series


August 11                       Movies on the Lawn

August 25                      Summer Concert Series


September 16               Rock’n Ribville

September 29              Summer Concert Series


October 7                     Oktoberfest

October 14                   Fair on the Square

October 27                   Spooktacular on the Square

October 29                   Carnaval del Dia de los Muertos


Nov. 16 – Dec. 23       Christmas Canteen 2017

Nov. 23                         Annual Christmas Tree Lighting

Nov. 24 – Dec. 23       A Christmas Carol

Nov. 25 – Dec. 23       The 12 Dates of Christmas


December 9                       Hometown Christmas Parade

December 31                     Flashlight 5K



  • Events listed in black are sponsored by the City of Lawrenceville.
  • Events listed in red are productions of the Aurora Theatre.
  • Events listed in blue are hosted by the Gwinnett Historic Courthouse.

Additional details about the movie titles and concert headliners will be available soon! To find out the latest news and updates all of the Lawrenceville events at: You can also visit to learn more about other activities happening in the City of Lawrenceville.

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Lawrenceville Director Appointed to State Nonprofit Board

Published: February 9, 2017


Lawrenceville Director Appointed to State Nonprofit Board

Lisa McKnight Elected to Serve on Georgia 811 Board of Directors

Lisa McKnight


The City of Lawrenceville proudly announces that Lisa McKnight, Director of Damage Prevention, has been elected to the Georgia 811 Board of Directors and is currently serving a 3-year term. The Board is chosen through a voting process by the Board Members of Georgia 811. Board Members represent all members of Georgia 811 to bring a constituency and community perspective to the organization.

Georgia 811 is a nonprofit corporation dedicated to preventing damage to Georgia’s underground utilities and promoting public safety. 811 is the national phone number designated by the Federal Communications Commission that connects professionals and homeowners who plan to dig with their local call center. Encouraging homeowners and contractors to call 811 before they dig is first step in the damage prevention process.

“I would like to thank Georgia 811 member companies for the opportunity to use my industry knowledge to serve Georgia’s residents at an even greater capacity,” said Lisa McKnight. “I am eager to utilize my experience in both compliance and enforcement in the public and private utility sectors in order to be an effective member for the board.”

McKnight’s experience includes nine years with the Georgia Public Service Commission where she led efforts to prevent third party damages to underground utilities. With emphasis on Community Safety and Damage Prevention, she served as Lead Investigator to enforce both state and federal gas pipeline safety regulations.

“The City of Lawrenceville is very fortunate to be represented state-wide by such strong leadership and talent,” said Chuck Warbington, City Manager. “We are confident that Lisa will be an influential member of the Georgia 811 Board of Directors.”

The Georgia 811 board includes members from the various types of organizations they serve, such as telecommunications, natural gas, electric, water sewer, cable and municipalities, as well as call center leadership. The Board of Directors meets quarterly to make key decisions regarding policies, center operations and budgets.

For more information about Georgia 811 and the ‘Call Before You Dig’ campaigns, please visit

For additional information about the City of Lawrenceville’s Damage Prevention efforts, please visit

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We want to hear from you!

Published: February 8, 2017

The City of Lawrenceville is seeking input from the community regarding website use and future public interaction.

The City is in the process of rebuilding a new comprehensive website that is user-friendly and encompasses the digital aspects that people want to see most from the City. We are working hard to create a source for communicating information and interacting with the public in ways that are best for the end users. As community stakeholders in the future of Lawrenceville, we want to hear from you. Your opinion is important to us!

We would like your feedback on the way you currently use the City’s website and how you communicate with the City if and when it’s needed. The online survey takes less than 2 minutes to complete and is open to all those who work, live or play in Lawrenceville.

Access the survey here:

Thank you in advance for your time in helping us continue making Lawrenceville great!!

Mayor Johnson Delivers Annual State of the City Address

Published: February 6, 2017

Mayor Judy Jordan Johnson delivered the annual State of the City Address at the Lawrenceville City Council meeting held tonight, February 6, at 7pm. For a copy of the presentation, please click here and to learn more about the address or to watch it online, please be sure to visit the City’s facebook page in the next few days for the post!

Lawrenceville Forms Financial Review Citizens Committee

Published: February 3, 2017


Lawrenceville Forms Financial Review Citizens Committee

County Seat Seeks Input into Budget Process, Encourages Transparency



The City of Lawrenceville will be forming a Financial Review Citizens Committee over the next month. The purpose of this committee is to educate citizens, business owners, and community leaders on the financial operations of the City and ultimately to encourage input into budgetary process in order to create better transparency with the public.

Chuck Warbington, City Manager, said of the committee, “We, as a City, want to be sure our plans continue to meet the needs of residents and businesses, share how we are investing the funds we receive and continue executing the goals our strategic plan. Financial planning is where it all begins and we look forward to working with the group appointed to this committee on making those things happen.”

The Committee will comprise 15 members that include five residents, five business representatives and five community leaders. Residents and business representatives will be appointed by the Mayor and Council, each responsible for appointing one resident and one business rep to the committee. The remaining five community leaders will be selected by the Mayor and approved by the Council for committee participation. Community leaders may come from faith-based institutions, non-profits or similar organizations within the City limits. At present, term limits for all appointments will not exceed two years. A schedule for the appointment process and future meetings is as follows:

2017/2018 Budget Cycle

  • Call for Nominations 2/6 – Council meeting
  • Citizen Committee Selection 3/6 – Council meeting
  • Overview Meetings with Staff Departments (Required)

2018/2019 Budget Cycle

  • Citizen Committee Presentations with Staff Budgets – Mar, Apr & May 2018
  • Recommendations to Council – Jun 2018

A call for nominations from the Mayor and Council will be held after the State of the City Address at Monday evening’s council meeting, February 6, 2017. For information on the City of Lawrenceville, go to and be sure to visit the City’s Historic Downtown Square for its first event of the season, St. Paddy’s on Perry, March 17th from 4pm-10pm!

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