2018 News Releases

March 13, 2018

City of Suwanee Names its 2018 Suwanee Youth Leaders Class

The City of Suwanee has named the members of its fifth Suwanee Youth Leaders (SYL) class for the year 2018. These students were chosen based on a combination of the strength of application, feedback from a student-led selection committee made up of recent SYL graduates, recommendations from teachers and school administrators, academic performance, and extracurricular resume.

SYL is an eight-month leadership program for high school sophomores and juniors who live within the North Gwinnett, Peachtree Ridge, or Collins Hills cluster districts. Participants gain genuine exposure to local initiatives and community and civic leaders, while also allowing the City to engage with youth providing a strong voice and active role in planning the City's success.

Suwanee Youth Leaders recently won a Southeast Festivals and Events Association Bronze Kaleidoscope Award for Most Creative Idea for collaboration with Suwanee Fest. SYL also won an Atlanta Regional Commission 2016 CREATE Community Award in the category of Educational Excellence.

"The Suwanee Youth Leaders program allows the City to make a genuine commitment to the youth in our community," said Suwanee Downtown Business & Development Manager Adam Edge, a co-leader of the program. "While it's an honor to win awards, it's an even greater reward to see kids becoming invested in their community through this initiative."

Thanks to SYL, said Assistant City Manager Denise Brinson, "We now have a group of young people who have more knowledge of their community and how local government works and the work that goes into building community. The City wanted to develop a real connection with our schools and find a way to meaningfully encourage youth involvement as prescribed in our strategic plan – not just checking a box, but building sincere, authentic relationships."

Congratulations to the Suwanee Youth Leaders Class of 2018

Vishnu Achar North Gwinnett Nicole Landry Peachtree Ridge
Kyle Adams Peachtree Ridge Erich Langstine Peachtree Ridge
Micayla Aduhene Peachtree Ridge Sarah Larkin North Gwinnett
Anna Andani Collins Hill Daniel J. Lee Peachtree Ridge
Alice Ao Peachtree Ridge Jin Wuk Lee Gwinnett School of Math, Science, & Technology
William Ao Peachtree Ridge Jordyn Lewis Peachtree Ridge
Sterlane Bazile Peachtree Ridge Savannah Luney North Gwinnett
Eyosiyas Binyam Collins Hill Connor Maguire Collins Hill
Steven Bligh North Gwinnett Matthew McCrary North Gwinnett
Ally Brooks North Gwinnett Matthew McCutcheon North Gwinnett
Milan Broughton Collins Hill Jack McGill North Gwinnett
Andrew Chen Peachtree Ridge Khushi Mehta North Gwinnett
Max Choi Collins Hill Patrick Mock Peachtree Ridge
Thomas Cook North Gwinnett Pranav Muthukrishnan North Gwinnett
Adam Cooper North Gwinnett Caitlin O'Farrell North Gwinnett
Hudson Craft North Gwinnett Rhea Pandit Gwinnett School of Math, Science, & Technology
Abby Creamer North Gwinnett Jenny Park Peachtree Ridge
Garrett Cutchin Mill Springs Academy Sunny Patel North Gwinnett
William Dent North Gwinnett Aashka Patel North Gwinnett
Gautum Desai Gwinnett School of Math, Science, & Technology Austin Reitano North Gwinnett
Marlaina Eastman Peachtree Ridge Savannah Richard North Gwinnett
Halston Edwards Peachtree Ridge Alexander Shin Gwinnett School of Math, Science, & Technology
Andoni Fernandez North Gwinnett McKinsey Shorter Collins Hill
Madeline Franz North Gwinnett Ayanna Smith Collins Hill
Riley Grube North Gwinnett Caitlin Tunstill North Gwinnett
Lauren Hill Wesleyan School Natalie Tyndall Peachtree Ridge
Caroline Izaguuirre North Gwinnett Chiamaka Uwagerikpe North Gwinnett
Arman Jalalian North Gwinnett Abigail Ventimiglia North Gwinnett
Roshen Jegajeevan North Gwinnett Jackson Wegmet North Gwinnett
Johaer Jilani Collins Hill Alexis Wilmot North Gwinnett
Blaine Kantor North Gwinnett Taylor Wilmot North Gwinnett
Ethan Keairnes North Gwinnett Alyssa Yam North Gwinnett
Da Kim Gwinnett School of Math, Science, & Technology Petros Yemane North Gwinnett
Roksana Klasa Peachtree Ridge Joanna Yonathan Peachtree Ridge
Liah Land Peachtree Ridge    

March 12, 2018

Ride Along with Suwanee's Finest

Suwanee's Citizens Police Academy allows residents a better understanding of the day-to-day functions of police officers as well as an opportunity to patrol Suwanee's streets alongside an officer. The next academy will be offered Monday evenings April 16-June 28, 2018. Classes will be from 6:30-9:00 pm at the Suwanee Police Training Center, 2966 Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road.

The academy offers classroom training and hands-on experiences in crime scene processing, traffic stops, building searches, crime prevention, and narcotics identification and provides an understanding of the risks and responsibilities of officers. The program is designed to open and maintain communication between citizens and the police department.

Classes are free and open to the public, but space is limited and preference is given to Suwanee residents or those who work in the City of Suwanee. A criminal and driver history background is required for all applicants. For additional information and an application, contact Officer Richard Pope at rpope@suwanee.com or 770-904-7641. Notarized applications are due Friday, April 12, 2018.

January 29, 2018

Let Suwanee Put Your Art on a Limb!

The City of Suwanee is seeking proposals and samples from artists willing to go out on a limb for the city's finders-keepers art-in-nature program. A beloved Suwanee tradition, Art on a Limb is an award-winning, month-long program designed to celebrate and bring attention to the arts, as well as the natural beauty of the Suwanee parks and greenway. Since 2005, the city has hidden two pieces of original artwork daily throughout the month of May within City of Suwanee parks and along the greenway; those who find a piece of art get to keep it.

Past Art on a Limb pieces have included clay birds and orbs, small paintings on canvas, pieces of the City's old water tower, magnets, gourds painted to look like birds, the Suwanee S shaped from metal, and pottery pieces that include leaves found along the Greenway. This year, we're looking for something a bit more whimsical; think fairy doors, pot creatures, and the like.

Artistic proposals for this year's program will be accepted through February 23. Guidelines and an application are available at suwanee.com.

January 25, 2018

It's Not Easy Being Green!
City of Suwanee Once Again Recognized by the Atlanta Regional Commission as a 2017 Green Community

January 24, 2018 – The Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) recognized the City of Suwanee for their efforts to lead the way to a greener Atlanta region by once again recognizing the city as a Green Community. Suwanee was recertified at the bronze level through ARC's Green Communities program for their commitment to environmental stewardship and their leadership in sustainability practices.

"We applaud these local governments for reducing their environmental impact," said ARC chairman Kerry Armstrong. "As they do so, they lead the way in creating a greener and more livable region."

The Green Communities program is a voluntary certification program that helps local governments implement measures that will reduce their environmental impact. It recognizes a commitment to environmental stewardship and leadership in sustainability practices. All winners earned certification points for sustainable measures implemented in their communities. Some measures that earned Suwanee certification points include:

  • Offering residents both enjoyment and increased access to pedestrian and bicycle activity via Brushy Creek Greenway Trail, which connects Stonecypher Road and Suwanee Dam Road
  • Constructing the first city hall in Georgia to be LEED certified in 2009
  • Starting Gwinnett County's first community bike share program. Currently the city has two bike rack locations, and has tracked more than 2,500 trips.
  • Hosting Georgia's largest organic community garden as well as a rainwater cistern and a new community orchard
  • Encouraging smart growth development by allowing the highest density in the city in Town Center, its downtown. As a result, mixed use developments have increased activity in the area.

ARC developed the Green Communities Program in 2009 to recognize local governments that invest in programs and policies that lead to a more sustainable region. The nationally recognized program showcases the many ways that local governments can reduce their environmental footprint.

In metro Atlanta, 20 local governments — 13 cities and seven counties – are currently certified under the ARC Green Communities program. This is the first program in the country to promote sustainability through a green certification program for local governments.

Click here to view a video about Suwanee's Green Community Bronze Level recertification.

January 23, 2018

Suwanee Fest 2018 Logo Design Contest

The City of Suwanee is looking for designers, artists, and creative people in general to submit logo designs for Suwanee Fest 2018. The designer of the winning logo will see his or her design on official festival t-shirts and marketing posters, as well as receive a $500 prize.

The competition is open to professional and amateur designers of all ages. Designs may be hand-drawn or computer-generated. Entries should be submitted in printed and electronic format. The deadline for submissions is April 13. In celebration of the bicentennial anniversary of the founding of Gwinnett County, this year's Suwanee Fest will have a vintage Americana theme. See SuwaneeFest.com for additional guidelines and an entry form.

Suwanee Fest is the City of Suwanee's annual two-day fall celebration on September 15 and 16. The award-winning festival includes arts and crafts exhibitors, children's rides and activities, and on-stage entertainment. Last year, approximately 55,000 people attended the festival at Town Center Park.

January 16, 2018

Races and Concerts and Festivals, Oh My!
City of Suwanee Releases 2018 Event Calendar

Over 40 events – including numerous traditional favorites and several new events – are sprinkled throughout the City of Suwanee's 2018 event calendar. Each individual event brings anywhere from 300 to 55,000 participants to Town Center Park or other Suwanee locations, proving that Suwanee events offer something for everyone!

Suwanee will kick off the new events with the Suwanee Half Marathon on February 11. Last year's hit, Glow in the Park lantern parade and concert, returns on April 14. This year, the city is pleased to partner with Boudreaux's Café Acadiana to bring crawfish plates to the event.  (More details on how to pre-order your mudbugs coming soon!) The very popular Food Truck Fridays are back the first Friday of the month, May-September, with the exception of July. The Farmers Market will take place on Saturdays from May 12-October 6, and the Winter Farmers Market will occur the second Saturday of the month, November-April. Other returning favorites include:

Suwanee American Craft Beer Fest - March 17
Glow in the Park – April 14
Woofstock – May 5-6
Arts in the Park – May 12
August Concert & Wing Fest – August 11
Suwanee Fest – September 15-16

In addition, the city is unveiling six brand new events in 2018:

Young Musicians in the Park – March 24
Local high school students and members of the Tri-M Music Honor Society created this new event to showcase the talents of young high school musicians in the area. One hundred percent of the event proceeds go to the Give a Note Foundation, which was created to strengthen music education opportunities for students across the country.

Race to Cure Sarcoma Atlanta – April 14
The Sarcoma Foundation of America (SFA) has been producing Race to Cure Sarcoma events in cities across the United States, and has chosen Suwanee as the location for its inaugural Race to Cure Sarcoma™ Atlanta! This 5K Walk/Run is a family friendly event, with a goal to raise both awareness and resources for sarcoma research nationally.

Race for the Rescues 5K & Fun Run – April 21
We're unleashing a brand-new pet-friendly event! Proceeds from this run benefit various animal rescue organizations across metro Atlanta. Man will receive a medal, and man's best friend will earn a bandanna – a paws-itively great time for you and your four-legged friend!

Suwanee Summer Porch Jam – June 21
Yes, June 21 IS on a Thursday, and yes, the date IS correct. The Suwanee Summer Porch Jam is part of Make Music Day – an international celebration of music! Launched in 1982 in France, it is held on the Summer Solstice every year in more than 750 cities in 120 countries. Summer Porch Jam (the first Make Music Day event in Georgia) will have the feel of an old-fashioned summer block party, featuring multiple venues and musicians throughout Old Town Suwanee.

Celebrate Gwinnett! 200 Years of Cultural Diversity – August 18
Join us in the park for music, food, and entertainment representing the many cultures of our community! Explore our rich multicultural history while also celebrating the bicentennial of the founding of Gwinnett County.

Happy Feat's Jingle in the Park – December 1
'Tis the season for holiday shopping! Join us as Town Center Park is transformed into a pop-up holiday market, full of unique handmade gifts and décor. Proceeds benefit Happy Feat, an organization that creates inclusive opportunities for the world to see that those with disabilities are beautiful, valuable, and capable.

The full calendar of new and returning events is available on the What's New/Events page at Suwanee.com. For more information on events at the City of Suwanee, contact Events & Outreach Manager Amy Doherty at 770-904-3387 or adoherty@suwanee.com.

January 11, 2018

Wanted: Farmers and Food Trucks

The City of Suwanee is in search of farmers, herb and flower growers, butchers, bakers, jams and soap makers, and others to participate in the 13th season of the city's Farmers Market, as well as food truck vendors for our very popular Food Truck Fridays.

Farmers Market
The regular Suwanee Farmers Market will be open from 8 a.m.-noon Saturdays, May 12 through October 6, at Town Center Park. The Winter Farmers Market is the second Saturday of the month from 9:00-1:00 am, November through April.

Food Truck Fridays
Food Truck Fridays will return to Town Center on May 4, June 1, August 3, and September 7, with each month will bringing great food and music from 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm (music begins at 7:00).

Applications for both the Farmers Market and Food Truck Fridays are due on March 19, and can be found at Suwanee.com. For more information, please contact City of Suwanee Events & Outreach Manager Amy Doherty at 770-904-3387.

January 8, 2018

City of Suwanee Named a 2017 Crown Community

The City of Suwanee has recently been named a 2017 Crown Community by American City & County magazine for its work on the Orchard at White Street Park.

The first public orchard in the southeastern U.S., the orchard is a collaboration between the city, nonprofit community garden Harvest Farm, and local landscape architect Roger Grant. White Street Park's 2009 master plan included Harvest Farm and space for an orchard, which officials desired so as to improve community knowledge of gardening, local food, and the environment.

Once the trees bear fruit this summer, anyone will be able to pick the orchard's blackberries, raspberries, and blueberries, while making use of the playground, lawn areas, pathways, and pavilion.

Suwanee funded the $183,471 project using special purpose local option sales tax (SPLOST) funds. A local construction company graded the area and built its pavilion, lawns, and pathways, as well as two built-in embankment slides in early 2017. Community volunteers sowed fruiting plants and installed birdhouses, trellises, and huts made of living willow trees. Grant's 200 hours of donated design and work contributed an estimated value of $22,000.

Moving forward, the city will give an annual $1,000 to the orchard's management committee, and its public works department will handle ongoing maintenance, which will involve organic pesticides.

Since 1909, American City & County has recognized local governments for extraordinary work in their communities. The magazine received over 75 applications from cities and counties across the U.S. and recognized six innovative and impactful local government projects in 2017, choosing projects with meaningful issues, clever solutions, innovative implementation, measurable results, and ultimately replicable ideas.