Dacula Is at the Center of Georgia’s Innovation Crescent
The innovation crescent is a geographic area and a coalition of fifteen counties and other entities. It includes Gwinnett County and all of the City of Dacula. But Dacula is much more than that. The unique small-town experience created and maintained in Dacula has helped to shape a sense of community found nowhere else. We retain a hometown feel and extend to residents and visitors our southern hospitality. This is a good place to raise a family. Our shared vision is that Dacula will be known as an inclusive community where businesses thrive and residents maximize potential through world-class schools, opportunities for life-long learning, a vibrant economy, diverse partnerships, and a superior quality of life.
The Innovation Crescent covers nearly 40 percent of Georgia’s population. This is Georgia’s hub for life sciences. It is Georgia’s answer to the Research Triangle in North Carolina. The crescent includes top research organizations such as Emory University, Georgia Institute of Technology, the University of Georgia, the CDC, Georgia Gwinnett College, and Gwinnett Tech. It includes a wide range of scientific companies, large and small. The Innovation Crescent is becoming the hub of life science in the Southeast.
When you consider that Athens is at one end of the crescent and Emory, CDC, and Georgia Tech are at the other end, you see that the City of Dacula is at the center of the Innovation Crescent. We are cradled between the important transportation routes of Georgia Highway 316, U. S. 29, and the CSX Railroad. The City of Athens with its University of Georgia research centers or urban Atlanta is just about 40 minutes away. By connecting with Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, you can meet the world. Corporate fliers can reach Briscoe Field in just a couple of minutes.
The City of Dacula has always supported a superior educational system, producing many professionals in the arts, medicine, law, and life sciences. Gwinnett County Public Schools is considered to be a premier primary and secondary system producing students that achieve in higher education. Schools in the Dacula Cluster continue to provide excellent educational opportunities.
Superior technical, college and university schools are located, like Georgia Gwinnett College, just minutes from Dacula. Georgia Gwinnett College is a brand new college and is considered a center for innovation in teaching, offering leading-edge technology, personal attention, and hands-on learning experiences for its students. Our award winning Gwinnett County Library system provides 14 branches that play a central role in the cultural, intellectual and life of this metropolitan community. The City recognizes the value of libraries in our community. I believe that a library branch, wherever located, forms an engine that helps with urban and metropolitan renewal, the value of which cannot be accurately assessed without great thought and precise determination.
Since the whole of the Innovation Crescent has lower tax rates and a lower cost of living, we believe your money goes further than in other areas of our state and country. We offer a temperate climate and many recreational opportunities. The Innovation Crescent is also a true arts center. The film industry is finding Georgia and Gwinnett County an optimum location. Nearby, Atlanta ranks third in music production. Dacula can be proud of its influence on blue grass and other music genres, as Dacula is the home of Gid Tanner and his 1920s and 1930s Skillet Lickers string band. By the way, the string band is still going with the Tanner family each Friday night in Dacula. You can hear their string band music on 1680AM our low-power radio station.
So when anyone mentions the Innovation Crescent, remember that Dacula is working hard to make our work forces more capable, our City more habitable, and our hospitality more gracious. We are working as a community to find system-wide solutions to current problems. I encourage you to get involved to make this a great place to live, learn, work, and play.
REMEMBER, Dacula is home at the center of Georgia’s Innovation Crescent.