City builds on Community Activities throughout Downtown District
LAWRENCEVILLE (GWINNETT/METRO ATLANTA) GA – March 6, 2015
The City of Lawrenceville announces the schedule of community events for 2015, listing all of the City-sponsored activities 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.”
An overview of 2015 events and community activities:
- The Lawrenceville Square comes alive with street performers, local musicians, local business activities and holiday themed celebrations.
- The first Friday of each month, June-December on the Historic Square.
Movies on the Lawn
- Enjoy movies on the Lawrenceville Lawn with concessions provided by local vendors and restaurants.
- The 2nd Friday of each month, June-August on the Lawrenceville Lawn.
Summer Concerts Series
- Long summer evenings filled with great music, a variety of food and beverage options, and a few thousand of your closest friends spread among the Lawrenceville Lawn.
- The last Friday of each month, May-September on the Lawrenceville Lawn.
Arts Fest Gwinnett
- The Lawn will be filled with the sights and sounds of amazing art! Peruse original pieces by local artists, listen to soothing jazz musicians playing throughout the day, and make sure you catch the fine art performances as well.
- June 27th on the Lawrenceville Lawn.
Prelude to the 4th
- A complimentary outdoor Broadway show performed by Gwinnett’s only professional theatre, the Aurora Theatre, and an evening that concludes with a spectacular fireworks finale.
- July 3rd on the Lawrenceville Lawn.
- The best BBQ, brew, and bands in Georgia! Partnering with 94.9 The Bull, and serving as a Kansas City Barbeque Society sanctioned competition, Lawrenceville’s signature event provides a day of food, music, and family fun.
- October 10th on the Lawrenceville Lawn.
Annual Lighting of the Tree
- Partnering with Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation, Lawrenceville will host thousands of visitors for the 28th annual tree lighting on Thanksgiving night at the Gwinnett Historic Courthouse.
- Festivities will include visits with Santa Claus, live music, kids’ activities, and food vendors offering sweet treats and warm beverages.
- Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 26th at the Gwinnett Historic Courthouse located at 185 Crogan Street, Historic Downtown Lawrenceville.
New Year’s Eve Celebration
- Celebrate New Year’s Eve on the Lawrenceville Square with a night full of fun and fireworks.
- December 31st at the Gwinnett Historic Courthouse.
To find out the latest news and updates for Rock’n Ribville and all of the Lawrenceville events at: Facebook.com/CityofLawrenceville. You can also call 678.226.2639 or visit www.LawrencevilleGa.org to learn more about this and other activities happening in the City.
Lawrenceville’s New Event Policy and Application Process
Application Window Will Be Open May 1 – June 30, 2015
Last year, the Lawrenceville City Council approved a new Special Event Policy and Application process for all future events taking place in 2015 and beyond. The new policy is currently in effect for any of 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
During this first year ONLY, as the new policy is implemented, the application process for any event requiring use of the Lawn or road closures in Downtown Lawrenceville will be rolled out in three phases.
Phase 1: For events occurring in March-July of 2015 has already been completed.
- Applications were accepted during the dates of October 7 – December 1, 2014.
Phase 2: For events occurring August-December of 2015
- Applications will be accepted during the dates of January 6 – February 28, 2015.
- Event organizers will be contacted regarding application status by April 7, 2015.
Phase 3: For ALL events occurring in 2016
- Applications will be accepted during the dates of May 1 – June 30, 2015.
- Event organizers will be contacted regarding application status by August 4, 2015.
- This will be the standard application window for all subsequent years going forward.
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 accepted for the following calendar year.
The Special Event Policy and Event Applications for 2015 can be found at www.LawrencevilleGa.org or by clicking the links below:
For additional information about special events, contact Events@LawrencevilleGa.org or 678.407.6599.
The City of Lawrenceville was challenged by the City of Duluth to participate in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. We passed the challenge on to the City of Suwanee, the Aurora Theatre, Gwinnett Medical center, and the Georgia Gwinnett College!
Local Awards Program Recognizes Businesses and Community Leaders
LAWRENCEVILLE (METRO ATLANTA) GA – August 15, 2014
Recently, the City of Lawrenceville hosted their annual Golden Hammer Awards program, honoring local businesses for their contribution to the revitalization efforts and growth throughout the community. Ten businesses were presented with Golden Hammer Awards at the ceremony held at the 550 Trackside event facility just outside of the Lawrenceville Square.
Mark Mullin, President of the Lawrenceville Tourism & Trade Association Board noted that “we are fortunate to have a City in which our business owners take pride and continually invest in improvements, enhance the way they do business and work together to build a strong presence not only in Lawrenceville but throughout all of Gwinnett County and the metro Atlanta area. The Golden Hammer Awards provide an opportunity for the community to recognize and thank the businesses and their leaders for their dedication and hard work.”
Golden Hammer Award Recipients:
- Outstanding Commercial Downtown Project Award Winners:
- The Bench Jeweler
- Exhibit Ale
- Iron Accents
- Nancy’s Candy & Spice
- Sweet Tooth Ice Cream Café
- Outstanding Commercial City Limit Project Award Winners:
- Nash Chevrolet
- Gwinnett Medical Center – Strickland Family Medicine Center
- Outstanding New Renovation (Small Business/Organization) Award Winner:
- All Pro Carts
- Outstanding New Construction (Large Business/Organization) Award Winner:
- Georgia Gwinnett College – Allied Health & Sciences Building
- Build Up Community Winner:
- Aurora Theatre
“Downtown businesses are the heartbeat of economic development in local communities,” said Lisa Sherman, Director of Economic & Community Development for the City of Lawrenceville. “Their collective growth generates annual economic impact in Georgia equivalent to that of one KIA plant project. To celebrate them with this awards program is the least we can do for what they contribute to our community.”
The Golden Hammer Awards are an annual event hosted by the City of Lawrenceville with an open nomination process. Winners are determined based a variety of criteria as determined by the Lawrenceville Tourism & Trade Association board, which is comprised of business and residential leaders throughout the community. For more information on this event, as well as any other events taking place in Lawrenceville, go to VisitLawrenceville.com.
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The Lawrenceville Police Benevolent Fund (LPBF) has established an endowed scholarship for Georgia Gwinnett College students pursuing bachelor degrees in criminal justice. Representatives of the Lawrenceville Police Department (LPD) recently visited with GGC leaders to celebrate the completion of a $50,000 fundraising project to support the Lawrenceville Police Scholarship.
“GGC is uniquely positioned to provide our future officers with a first-rate education,” said Captain Jeff Smith of the LPD. “We are very proud to establish the Lawrenceville Police Scholarship at Georgia Gwinnett. Together, the Lawrenceville Police Benevolent Fund and GGC will be able to ensure that Lawrenceville has one of the best prepared and best educated local police forces in the country.”
Plans for the scholarship began in 2009, when LPD and GGC recognized that they shared a synergy. The college was in the process of introducing a criminal justice degree, while the LPD was renewing its emphasis on the importance of education to its employees. The two organizations began working together to establish a scholarship fund for criminal justice majors.
Initial contributions for the scholarship fund came from the Lawrenceville Police Benevolent Fund’s highly successful event, “A Run to Remember,” which honored the heroes of 9/11/01 and drew hundreds of participants each year. The run evolved into a successful partnership with Rock ‘n Ribville, which led to completion of the endowment in three years.
“We have been pleased to have the Lawrenceville Police Department’s support of our scholarship program from the very beginning,” said Lori Buckheister, associate vice president for Development at GGC. “With an endowed scholarship the funds raised remain in a managed account, and the account’s yearly interest is paid out as the scholarship. The benefit of endowments is that they provide permanent funding for their scholarships.”
Due to the success of the LPBF’s fundraising efforts, the Lawrenceville Police Scholarship Fund will begin awarding scholarships to GGC students in fall 2014, ahead of its original schedule.
“The close collaboration between GGC Police and the LPD has long been a valuable asset to Lawrenceville. Now, we are working together to support the future of our own law enforcement community,” said Randy Johnson, chief of the LPD.
“The Lawrenceville Police Scholarship represents a concrete contribution to the safety and well-being of people living in Lawrenceville and Gwinnett County,” said Stas Preczewski, interim president. “We are grateful to the Lawrenceville Police Benevolent Fund for its tremendous effort in raising funds for this scholarship. Georgia Gwinnett College looks forward to honoring this commitment by educating some of the finest criminal justice graduates in the State of Georgia.”
For more information about how to support the college, visit www.ggc.edu/give.
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