Gwinnett County, Georgia, offers a unique setting that blends Southern charm and cosmopolitan sophistication. Located within Atlanta's metropolitan area, the county is an easy-to-reach East Coast locale. By car, visitors can find Gwinnett off four major instates: I-85, I-285, I-75 and I-985. Air travelers can also reach the county without hassle, as it is serviced by major airport Hartsfield-Jackson International, which offers flights to 243 non-stop destinations in 45 countries. Overall, Gwinnett County is within a two-hour flight of 80 percent of the U.S. population.
Inside the city, the reliable and affordable Gwinnett Country Transit buses can shuttle guests to key meeting destinations, including the Gwinnett Center. Occupying over 80 acres, the Gwinnett Center boasts a 50,000-square-foot exhibit hall and 23 versatile meeting rooms . It also features 7,500 square feet of lakefront pre-function space and a 21,600-square-foot ballroom, ideal for receptions and black-tie affairs.
Another major highlight of the center's meeting facilities is the Arena at Gwinnett Center. From big conventions to concerts to hockey games, the Arena is a flexible venue for 3,500 to 13,000 people. Smaller groups can also take advantage of 36 corporate suites, two party suites, club-level seats and a spacious concourse. Large events are the Arena's specialty, though, having hosted political campaign rallies, university graduations, musical acts such as Sugarland, and sporting events including ECHL Gwinnett Gladiators hockey games.
For smaller group functions, meetings and outings, planners can find a number of unique venues to foster productivity and impart a taste of Gwinnett's culture and hospitality. A spectacular choice for private events, the multifaceted Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center offers its theater and boardroom, which overlooks the center's simulated waterfall, for private events. The Southeastern Railway Museum's Clinchfield railway executive car and Southern baggage car can each be rented for functions of up to 40 people. Or, immerse attendees in luxury at the 16th century French-style Château Élan, which recently completed a $3 million remodel on its two grand ballrooms and 19 meeting rooms.
Home to the Mall of Georgia, the Southeast's largest shopping destination, as well as the Discover Mills Outlets and the upscale Forum Shops and Avenue of Webb Gin, much of Gwinnett County's economy rests on retail. Gwinnett County's major employers include Gwinnett County Public Schools and Gwinnett County Health Care, as well as Primerica Financial Services and Home Depot; the county also serves as headquarters to Waffle House, Inc.