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Lawrenceville Earns National Recognition by American Public Gas Association
Gas Utilities Department Awarded for Operational Excellence
LAWRENCEVILLE (METRO ATLANTA) GA – June 16, 2016
The City of Lawrenceville’s Gas Utilities Department has earned System Operational Achievement Recognition (SOAR) at the SILVER level from the American Public Gas Association (AGPA). SOAR is designed to recognize those public gas systems that have achieved excellence in the operation of their natural gas utility. With SILVER level honorees earning 90-96% of possible points, the program is judged based on four categories: system integrity, system improvement, employee safety, and workforce development.
“We are so thrilled that the SOAR program is in place to recognize a hardworking group of individuals who strive daily to ensure that our community and environment are both protected and preserved,” said Chuck Warbington, City Manager. “By enforcing specific policies and procedures, our gas utilities team works diligently to provide excellent customer service to the community all while providing safe and top level utility services.”
The AGPA will host their annual conference on July 26th in Newport, Rhode Island, where honorees will be presented with a plaque signifying the recognition for excellence in gas utility operations. Lawrenceville’s Gas Department Director, Mike Hutchins will be on-hand to accept the award on behalf of the City.
“It’s certainly an honor to receive this recognition from the American Public Gas Association,” said Mike Hutchins, Director, Gas Department. “To my knowledge, we are the only municipal gas department in the state of Georgia that has achieved this level.”
The team recently scored exceptionally well on a routine audit verifying operator qualification rules and procedures and aspires to continue to provide exceptional services to the community while raising public awareness about safety laws and procedures.
For more information about the City of Lawrenceville and the Gas Utilities Department, visit www.LawrencevilleGa.org.
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#LoveLawrenceville Campaign Launches on Social Media
County Seat Seeks Community Engagement Through Online Contest
LAWRENCEVILLE (METRO ATLANTA) GA – June 2, 2016
The City of Lawrenceville has launched a new campaign online known simply as #LoveLawrenceville. Residents, business owners, visitors and fellow Gwinnettians are encouraged to Capture their favorite things about Lawrenceville, Share why they love those things on social media using the #LoveLawrenceville hashtag and enter the contest to win a plethora of Lawrenceville-related swag and prizes!
“We want the people of Lawrenceville to enjoy where they live,” said Chuck Warbington, City Manager. “The goal with this simple campaign is to increase Lawrenceville’s awareness and enhance the community’s pride. When you’re having fun and enjoying where you live, that naturally happens.”
Lawrenceville residents and guests are encouraged to participate in the campaign by capturing their memories and moments around the City and sharing the images on social media with the hashtag #LoveLawrenceville. By sharing these moments on social media, participants will have a chance to win swag and freebies gathered from a variety of local Lawrenceville businesses and restaurants and one lucky winner will be selected from the pool of submissions.
City officials hope to inspire two-way communication between the community at-large and local government. By visiting the City’s various social media outlets to participate in the #LoveLawrenceville discussions, residents and visitors will ultimately have access to pertinent City news and current information.
Lawrenceville Kicks Off Annual Summer Concert Series
Country music star and popular tribute bands debut on Lawrenceville Lawn
LAWRENCEVILLE (GWINNETT/METRO ATLANTA) GA – May 24, 2016
The City of Lawrenceville officially kicks off the Summer Concert Series this Friday at 7pm with a live performance from country music artist, Josh Dorr, and special guest Samantha Stroh. Dorr, named one of Rolling Stone’s 10 New Country Artists You Need to Know, is best known for his radio hit singles “Save Your Breath” and “All or Nothing.” His latest single “Rocket” is currently available for download on iTunes and can also be streamed on Spotify.
Presented by US Auto Sales and partnering with Kicks 101.5 and Rock 100.5, Lawrenceville will continue its summertime tradition of bringing the annual Summer Concert Series to downtown Lawrenceville the last Friday of each month through September. Welcoming thousands of residents, visitors, and community influencers to enjoy a variety of musical genres under the stars on the Lawrenceville Lawn and a variety of local food truck cuisines to satisfy every member of the family.
“The Georgia tourism industry recently announced 2016 as the ‘Year of Georgia Music’ and Lawrenceville is actively participating in this movement,” said Mayor Judy Jordan Johnson. “Music effortlessly brings the community together so we have scheduled a variety of exciting musicians for our Summer Concert Series.”
Concert times are listed below and there is plenty of free parking throughout the Downtown District. Feel free to bring lawn chairs or blankets but please note that no grills or open flames will be allowed in the park. And we love your pets, but please leave them at home. Rain or shine, you won’t want to miss the amazing hits from your favorite local artists and famous cover bands.
Come early, bring a picnic dinner, discover a new favorite food truck meal, or have dinner at one of the incredible restaurants on the Square. Then, enjoy the short 1-block walk down to the Lawn before the music begins!
While the outdoor concerts are FREE events, VIP tables for $65 and sponsorships starting at $500 are available by calling the Visitor’s Center at 678.226.2639.
2016 SUMMER CONCERT SERIES LINEUP
- May 27 – Josh Dorr, with special guest Samantha Stroh @ 7pm
- Country Artists
- Sponsored by Kicks 101.5
- June 24 – The Return @ 8pm
- The Beatles Tribute Band
- July 29 – R&B, @ 8pm
- R&B and Soul Band
- August 26 – Departure @ 8pm
- Journey Tribute Band
- September 30 – Dream Police, with Wild Honey opening @ 7pm
- Cheap Trick Tribute Band, Indie Rock
- Sponsored by ROCK 100.5
210 Luckie Street
Lawrenceville, GA 30046
For more information about the Summer Concert Series and other events happening in Lawrenceville, call 678.226.2639 or visit us at LawrencevilleGa.org or on Facebook.com/CityofLawrenceville for the latest updates.
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Lawrenceville Police Department Hosts Pizza with the Police
Local Law Enforcement Connects with the Community
LAWRENCEVILLE (METRO ATLANTA) GA – May 20, 2016
The Lawrenceville Police Department hosted Pizza with the Police on the Lawrenceville Lawn Thursday, May 19th, with several community groups in attendance. Pizza with the Police brought together local law enforcement, residents and community members in an informal setting to foster relationships over a slice of pizza and desserts.
Sponsored by local businesses – Jet’s Pizza and Blue Rooster Bake Shop and Eatery, the event was marked by a variety of hands-on activities as guests also had the opportunity to tour the Mobile Command Center and view police demos while over 700 slices of pizza and 400 cupcakes were distributed.
“Effective policing strongly supports economic growth by developing an environment residents, tourists and business owners can trust,” said Mayor Judy Jordan Johnson. “Lawrenceville believes in community policing as a tool for establishing confidence and a working relationship between the community and our local law enforcement.”
According to City officials, Pizza with the Police was intended to reaffirm the nature of interactions between law enforcement and the public. The informal nature of the event allowed for several residents and community members to establish relationships with the men and women who protect and serve Lawrenceville residents.
“We were encouraged by community turn-out of our Pizza with the Police event,” said Chief Randy Johnson, Lawrenceville Police Department. “I oversee a team of hard-working officers who are passionate about the community we serve and were excited to host this event for our citizens.”
The Lawrenceville Police Department will be partnering once again with the City this fall to host Rock’n Ribville on September 17, 2016.
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Lawrenceville Congratulates Local Organizations on Regional Impact
Georgia Gwinnett College and Hi-Hope Center receive Gwinnett Chamber IMPACT Awards
LAWRENCEVILLE (METRO ATLANTA) GA – May 19, 2016
The City of Lawrenceville congratulates locally based Georgia Gwinnett College and Hi-Hope Service Center on being recognized for their economic impact in the local community. This week, both organizations were awarded with the Gwinnett Chamber Regional IMPACT Award for the significant role each one plays in Lawrenceville and Greater Gwinnett’s growth and development.
The awards are designed to reflect Gwinnett County and Metro Atlanta organizations in top industries that are driving economic development and job creation while enhancing local quality of life.
Georgia Gwinnett College was recognized as the 2016 Education Award winner as the institution now leads the University System of Georgia in growth with nearly 12,000 enrolled students. A recent annual study conducted annually by the Selig Center for Economic Growth in the University of Georgia’s Terry College of business reported that Georgia Gwinnett College contributed more than $416 million to the local economy during the past fiscal year.
The Hi-Hope Service Center was recognized as the 2016 Non-profit Award winner. The 501 (C)(3) organization supports adults with developmental disabilities in Gwinnett county by providing opportunities for steady employment and social/recreational activities and opportunities to acquire, retain, or improve skills required for active community participation and independent functioning. Founded in 1960, Hi-Hope services now reach 120 individuals across their three unique programs.
“Lawrenceville congratulates these organizations on their recognition and is grateful for their influence in our community,” said Mayor Judy Jordan Johnson. “They are true impact generators and serve as a true testament of our mission to provide citizens with a strong community and economic base.”
On Wednesday morning, representatives from both organizations were on-hand to receive the awards at a ceremony held at the Gwinnett Center.
According to college officials, as of May 12, Georgia Gwinnett College has surpassed 3,600 graduates and alumni contributions have a significant role in the college’s successes. The Hi-Hope Services Center continues to host a variety of community events to raise funds and raise awareness about its mission and goals.
For more information on the City of Lawrenceville and its plans to support economic growth, please visit www.lawrencevillega.org and click on our business section.
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Lawrenceville Employee Represents Georgia at International Expo
Jessie Ashley Receives 2016 International Utility Locate Rodeo Scholarship
Jessie Ashley at the 2014 Locate Rodeo Awards Ceremony
LAWRENCEVILLE (METRO ATLANTA) GA – May 6, 2016
The City of Lawrenceville proudly announces that staff member Jessie Ashley, of the Damage Prevention department, will be competing at the 2016 International Locate Rodeo to be held June 23 – 25, 2016 in Dallas, Texas. Ashley is one of three recipients of the Georgia Utility Coordinating Council’s (GUCC) Locate Rodeo Scholarship and will be representing the City of Lawrenceville, as well as the state of Georgia.
“I am honored and grateful to be recognized for doing a job that I genuinely enjoy,” said Jessie Ashley, Damage Prevention Specialist. “I am thrilled because this opportunity raises global awareness of what we do on a daily basis and not many people fully understand the job of a locator.”
Created in 2001 by Georgia 811, the Locate Rodeo is an international event with competitors attending from as far away as Canada and Australia. This year, potential competitors in Georgia were offered an opportunity by the GUCC to submit an essay and compete for one of the three all-expense-paid scholarships.
“The Locate Rodeo is provided for locate professionals to encourage better locates, a safer work environment and reduced damage to the utility infrastructure,” said Claudette Campbell, Executive Director, Georgia 811. “This competition gives a profession that normally goes unnoticed – unless a mistake is made – an opportunity to be recognized for doing a good job.”
The mission of the Locate Rodeo is to be the preeminent event for Utility Locate Technician recognition and to serve as the cornerstone to promote high quality and achievable industry standards.
Ashley – who also placed 3rd in the Gas Utilities Division at the 2014 Locate Rodeo event – is excited to continue efforts towards raising public awareness of underground utilities protection and safety procedures.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Lawrenceville’s Annual Application Process Opening for 2017 Special Events
Application Window Open from May 1 – July 31, 2016
LAWRENCEVILLE (METRO ATLANTA) GA – April 29, 2016
Beginning May 1st, the City of Lawrenceville will open the application process to the public for all requests to hold an event in Lawrenceville during 2017. The Special Event Policy and Application process was established by the Lawrenceville City Council in 2014 to address the following requests:
- Use of the Lawrenceville Lawn
- Road closures due to rental of the Historic Gwinnett County Courthouse Grounds
- Pre-Approved Parade Routes, 5K or 10K Run/Walk Events
For ALL events occurring in 2017, applications will be accepted during the dates of May 1 – July 31, 2016.
Please note: Submission of an application does not constitute or guarantee approval. Applications are reviewed in accordance with the Policy and the City will notify event organizers regarding their application status by the date specified above.
Once the City’s event calendar for the designated time frame has been established, no events will be added or road closures granted. When the next application window opens, events will be accepted for the following calendar year.
The Special Event Policy and Event Application can be found at www.LawrencevilleGa.org or by clicking the links below:
For additional information about hosting a special event in Lawrenceville, contact Jody Herrin at Events@LawrencevilleGa.org or 678.407.6598.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Lawrenceville Celebrates National Safe Digging Month
Mayor Judy Jordan Johnson Presents an Official Proclamation
LAWRENCEVILLE (METRO ATLANTA) GA – April 25, 2016
The City of Lawrenceville’s Damage Prevention Department is supporting Governor Nathan Deal’s proclamation of April as National Safe Digging Month. As a member of both the Gwinnett and Walton County Utility Coordinating Councils (UCC), Lawrenceville has partnered with Georgia 811 for the past four years to support this initiative which was designed to heighten contractor and homeowner awareness of the national 811 notification system.
The purpose of the initiative is to remind individuals served by the City of Lawrenceville to notify utility operators of their intent to dig in order to prevent damage to underground utilities and ensure the safety of Lawrenceville’s residents.
In a short ceremony on April 22nd, Mayor Judy Jordan Johnson presented an official proclamation declaring the month of April as Safe Digging Month in the City of Lawrenceville. Ceremony attendees also enjoyed the following video highlighting lessons in safe digging by respecting the flags and knowing what’s below the surface: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VFqeexeWack
“Locating underground utilities is a process that requires skill, determination, workload management and problem-solving techniques,” said Wesley Huggins, Damage Prevention Specialist for the City of Lawrenceville. “We have a wonderful team of individuals who work diligently and are happy to educate homeowners and citizens on appropriate digging practices.”
Lawrenceville’s gas utilities team recently scored exceptionally well on a routine audit verifying operator qualification rules and procedures. In the future, the team aspires to be the preeminent damage prevention and public awareness department in the state of Georgia by continuing to follow all established laws and procedures.