Gwinnett’s upcoming MARTA vote could have economic benefits

By Curt Yeomans

Gwinnett Daily Post

Gwinnett County Commission Chairwoman Charlotte Nash addresses attendees at the announcing of Hapag-Lloyd’s expansion earlier this week in Gov. Nathan Deal’s ceremonial office. (Staff Photo: Curt Yeomans)

Gwinnett County Commission Chairwoman Charlotte Nash addresses attendees at the announcing of Hapag-Lloyd’s expansion earlier this week in Gov. Nathan Deal’s ceremonial office. (Staff Photo: Curt Yeomans)

Gwinnett County Commission Chairwoman Charlotte Nash will not outwardly say the county’s upcoming referendum on joining MARTA has resulted in businesses reaching out about bringing their companies to the county.

But she’s not denying that news of the upcoming vote could potentially be a plus when trying to land a big company, either.

As Nash joined Gov. Nathan Deal and Hapag-Lloyd North American President Uffe Ostergaard earlier this week to announce the company’s expansion of operations in Peachtree Corners, the topic of Gwinnett’s impending MARTA vote did come up.

Afterward, Nash said that just the county commission’s decision in August to call a referendum on MARTA alone may have economic development benefits for Gwinnett.

“It certainly checks another box on the location surveys that are part of the process in the economic development world,” Nash said. “It is an indication that we are looking for ways to try and make the community more accessible overall.”

Molly Bloom