Future ‘nothing but bright' for Lawrenceville
By Kristi Reed
Lawrenceville City Councilman Tony Powell addresses the audience at Tuesday night's Lawrenceville Citizens Night at the Aurora Theatre. (Staff photo: Kristi Reed)
Dozens of people gathered Tuesday night in downtown Lawrenceville for Citizens Night. City Councilman Tony Powell described the event, hosted by the Lawrenceville Neighborhood Alliance and the Aurora Theatre, as a celebration of what the city and its residents have accomplished.
Those accomplishments, he said, include the partnership with the Aurora Theatre. Powell said the city recently signed an agreement that will keep the organization in Lawrenceville through 2027.
Al Stilo, director of sales and marketing for the Aurora Theatre, said the theater not only improves the quality of life for residents, but generates a significant economic impact as well.
“The future is nothing but bright,” Stilo said.
Making the future bright is also a goal of the Lawrenceville Downtown Development Authority. DDA Chairman David Still works to make the downtown area attractive to businesses, residents and visitors. During his presentation, Still expressed his gratitude to Mayor Judy Johnson and the council for using the DDA as it was intended to be used.
“It's amazing what we've been able to do,” he said.
Lisa Sherman, who serves as director of community and economic development for Lawrenceville, said her group works closely with the DDA to create a “strong core” for the community. Improving the downtown area, she explained, is critical to the overall economic development picture.
According to Sherman, businesses find Lawrenceville attractive because of the city's resources which include the Aurora Theatre, Georgia Gwinnett College and Gwinnett Medical Center.
“We are the center of everything for Gwinnett County,” she said.
Other topics covered during the Tuesday's Lawrenceville Neighborhood Alliance event included quality of life, code enforcement and an update about GGC. For more information, visit www.lawrencevillena.org.
Dozens of people attended the Aug. 26 event hosted by the Lawrenceville Neighborhood Alliance.
(Staff photo: Kristi Reed)
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