Welcome to Cvent's Meeting and Event Planning Guide to Gwinnett County, Georgia, a countywide guide for meeting professionals. Gwinnett County offers a unique setting and cosmopolitan sophistication. An exurb of Atlanta, the county comprises (wholly or in part) the municipalities of Auburn, Berkeley Lake, Braselton, Buford, Dacula, Duluth, Grayson, Lawrenceville, Lilburn, Loganville, Norcross, Peachtree Corners, Rest Haven, Snellville, Sugar Hill and Suwanee; and the recreation area of Lake Lanier.
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 nonstop 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 in Duluth, 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 and sporting events – including ECHL Gwinnett Gladiators hockey games.
Hotels close to the Gwinnett Center include the adjacent 122-room Hilton Garden Inn Sugarloaf and the 143-room Holiday Inn Gwinnett Center. Nearby, full-service hotels include the 426-room Sonesta Gwinnett Place – Atlanta, which features more than 16,000 square feet of meeting space; the 272-room Hilton Atlanta Northeast, with 20,000 square feet of space; and the 222-room Atlanta Marriott Norcross / Peachtree Corners with 5,000 square feet of space.
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 multi-faceted 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 group wine tasting at the 329-unit Chateau Elan resort, which also offers a spa, golf facilities and a 25,000-square-foot conference center.
While Gwinnett County's major employers include Gwinnett County Public Schools, Gwinnett County Health Care, Primerica Financial Services and Home Depot, much of Gwinnett County's economy rests on retail. The county is home to the Mall of Georgia in Buford, the Southeast's largest shopping destination, as well as the Sugarloaf Mills in Lawrenceville, Forum on Peachtree Parkway and the Shoppes at Webb Gin; Gwinnett County also serves as headquarters to Waffle House, Inc.