Yesterday I joined a number of my colleagues at a meeting with County Government officials. We heard presentations from Gwinnett County Public Schools, Gwinnett Technical College, Georgia Gwinnett College, the Board of Commissioners, Viewpoint Health, and the Gwinnett County Health Department. Camie Young of the Gwinnett Post was there and filed two stories:
LAWRENCEVILLE — State Rep. Josh Clark, R-Buford, was amazed what he found as he rode along with Gwinnett police officers recently.
“They laughed as we took them to jail,” Clark said of perpetrators caught keeping a house of prostitution at a “massage parlor.” The criminals said they had been busted before and they would be back in business again, as soon as they got out of jail. “It’s a quality of life issue that is affecting all of us.”
Clark said Monday he is “on board” with a request from Gwinnett officials to change laws, allowing law enforcement to seize property of those committing sex crimes. The change, said legislative liaison Susan Lee, would allow police to actually shut down the problem places.
“QBE is broken,” said Rep. Brooks Coleman, R-Duluth. “We need to bring it into the 21st century and fund it … what Alvin’s asking for is to fund QBE at what it’s supposed to be funded … we’re looking at trying to do that.”
Following (GCPS Superintendent Alvin Wilbanks) was Sharon Bartels, Gwinnett Technical College president, who told state legislators that the institution continues to focus on job placement. She said “there will be 27,000 new jobs between now and 2013 in health sciences.”
Following Bartels, Georgia Gwinnett College President Daniel J. Kaufman updated the state delegation.
He told them that the college is “literally out of space. We will have a pause year until the science center is built.”
The college has plans for an allied health and science building, which could ensure the capacity for growth at GGC.
With 9,350 students currently, Kaufman projected that within the next four years the institution could have as many as 15,000 if growth trends continue.