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Gwinnett Medical Center names new Heart & Vascular Center

Gwinnett Medical Center names new Heart & Vascular Center

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- The new Heart & Vascular Center at Gwinnett Medical Center will be named the Strickland Heart Center, the hospital announced Thursday.

The naming is in honor of Clyde and Sandra Strickland, who donated $3.2 million to the medical center -- its largest-ever total gift.

"The significant generosity of the Stricklands helped us realize the vision of advanced and comprehensive cardiovascular services in the Gwinnett community at an accelerated pace," said Phil Wolfe, president and CEO of Gwinnett Medical Center. "Without their gift, it would have taken much longer to pay for the new Heart & Vascular Center."

Several of the Stricklands' friends and family have suffered heart problems, and many had to be treated in Atlanta because of a lack of comprehensive cardiac services in the northern suburbs, which is why they felt so passionate about the Heart & Vascular Center, according to the hospital.

New Olive Garden to create 165 jobs

New Olive Garden to create 165 jobs

SNELLVILLE, Ga. -- Metro Atlanta's newest Olive Garden restaurant is coming to Snellville, bringing 165 jobs to the area.

The restaurant will open at 4 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 5 at 1565 Scenic Highway.

"Snellville has been one of Gwinnett County's fastest growing cities, making it the ideal location for Olive Garden," said Dan Kiernan, executive vice president of operations for the chain, which has about 750 locations nationwide.

To apply for a job at the new restaurant, visit www.olivegarden.com/careers.

State tax credit program raises $50M for scholarships

State tax credit program raises $50M for scholarships

ATLANTA -- The Georgia Department of Revenue stamped its approval on $50 million in donations under the Georgia Scholarship Tax Credit Program.

The program lets people and businesses get tax credit for donations to scholarships for Georgia children to attend private schools.

Fifty million dollars is the most allowed under the program. In 2012, the statewide cap on donations will increase by the annual increase in the Consumer Price Index until 2018.

Individuals can donate up to $1,000, while married couples have a donation cap of $2,500. Corporations can donate up to 75 percent of their state income tax liability.

The American Federation for Children estimated more than 6,000 students last year got scholarships to attend private schools through the program.

Santa Arrives in Atlanta - Area Malls Announce Holiday Event Schedules

Santa Arrives in Atlanta - Area Malls Announce Holiday Event Schedules

ATLANTA – Atlanta-area Simon malls will deck the halls this season with plenty of holiday cheer and entertainment. Gwinnett Place, Lenox Square, Mall of Georgia, Northlake Mall, Phipps Plaza and Town Center at Cobb are offering a variety of special holiday events for the whole family:

Gwinnett Place (2100 Pleasant Hill Rd. / 770-813-6840 / Facebook / Twitter)

·         Santa’s Arrival: November 19 at noon.  Visit Santa's Winter Wonderland at Gwinnett Place’s Center Court and have your holiday photo taken with St. Nick!

DULUTH: Primerica creating 200 jobs at new HQ

DULUTH, Ga. -- Primerica breaks ground Friday on a new 30-acre complex in Gwinnett County.

The financial firm's new global headquarters will consolidate all of Primerica's existing offices into one three-story building at Intestate 85 and Georgia Highway 120.

Currently, the Duluth-based company is spread across 10 properties along Breckinridge Boulevard.

Primerica is the fourth largest private employer in Gwinnett, with about 1,800 employees.

The company expects to create 200 more jobs with the move.

The project is expected to be completed by April 2013.

LAWRENCEVILLE: Ricoh to expand, add 70 new jobs

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. - Ricoh Electronics, Inc. will expand its Lawrenceville operations, adding as many as 70 new employees, the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce said Tuesday.

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Ricoh employees and representatives from the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce formally announced the expansion at a groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday.

The company says their new facility will be operational by May 2013. Hiring will begin late next year.

In addition to the new jobs, the expansion would also bring tens of millions of dollars in investment, said Chamber Vice President of Economic Development and Partnership Nick Masino.

Market at the Depot opens in Lawrenceville

Market at the Depot opens in Lawrenceville

LAWRENCEVILLE -- The Historic Train Depot in Lawrenceville has been given a new breath of life. On Saturday, it re-opens as Market at the Depot, a revolving weekend market, under the control of Linda Nash and her son Jeff.

Read the whole story in the Gwinnett Post