The Innovation Crescent – Georgia’s hub for life sciences – is a coalition of 15 counties and other entities dedicated to supporting Georgia’s life science and technology growth. Lying at the geographic center of the action is the entire City of Dacula, giving the town the unique advantage of joining in on the momentum and growth of the life sciences and technology industries both locally and nationally.
We know that being at the center of The Innovation Crescent is only the beginning of the story for Dacula. What are some other unique aspects of the city?
Dacula Mayor Jimmy Wilbanks: The City of Dacula strongly supports our local schools, colleges, and universities; we’re big believers in the excellent educational system available here in Gwinnett.The schools in the Dacula cluster continue to provide excellent educational opportunities. Excellent secondary educational opportunities, such as Georgia Gwinnett College, are located just minutes from the city. Georgia Gwinnett College is the first four-year public college created in the U.S. in the 21st century and is considered a center for innovation in teaching, offering leading-edge technology, personal attention and hands-on learning experiences for its students. The city also recognizes the value of libraries and the integral role that the award-winning Gwinnett County Library system plays in the cultural, intellectual and life of the metropolitan community.
How does Dacula’s location within The Innovation Crescent and it’s quality of life features benefit businesses and residents?
JW: Combined with Dacula’s attention to desirable quality of life features and its unique location within the Innovation Crescent, the city presents many opportunities for businesses and residents alike. Added benefits of its centricity within the Innovation Crescent include lower tax rates and a lower cost of living. In addition, the film industry is finding Georgia and Gwinnett County an optimum location. Nearby, Atlanta ranks third in music production. Also notable, Dacula can be proud of its influence on bluegrass and other music genres, as Dacula is the home of Gid Tanner and his 1920s and 1930s Skillet Lickers string band.
As mayor of this great city, it is my desire that when anyone mentions the Innovation Crescent, they remember that Dacula is working hard to make its workforce more capable, its city more habitable and the hospitality more gracious. The City of Dacula is working as a community to find system-wide solutions to current problems and encourages involvement to help make Dacula a great place to live, learn, work and play. Come join the momentum!