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Still plenty of Progress to report
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Forsyth County News
In late winter each year, the staff of the Forsyth County News embarks on a special annual project — the compilation of that year’s Progress Edition. The result of this year’s effort is part of this edition of the newspaper.

The task is always daunting. Trying to capture the flavor and essence of such a vital community in a single special edition of the newspaper is virtually impossible. But every year we strive to put together a report for our readers that shows where we are as a county, what we have accomplished in the past year, and where we are headed.

As we started this year’s effort, we did so with trepidation. After all, the past year has presented more than its share of challenges on many fronts, and we were fearful the sort of stories we have traditionally sought — those reflecting growth, advancement, positive change — might be few and far between.

We were wrong.

Sometimes we all get so caught up in the doom and gloom around us that it is hard to spot the rainbows. But they are still there.

Looking back 12 months we found plenty of progress to write about.

In the toughest of economic times, we had very solid financial news on the local front: the opening of The Avenue; movement toward getting the Taubman retail and business center off the ground; the addition of five new companies expected to create 8,000 jobs.

In education, the county school system prepared for this year’s opening of five new schools, including a high school. Lanier Tech has an expansion under way. North Georgia College’s MBA program is off to a good start.

Among other stories of the past year, county voters approved $100 million for recreation and green space and the identification and acquisition of properties for that program is in full swing.

Also in the Progress Edition you will find those stories that  capture the essence of what makes this a special county in which to live — stories about people who give of their time to help others, who take pride in their jobs, whose contributions to their community through churches, civic groups and nonprofits improve the quality of life for everyone.

Even in times of doom and gloom, there are rainbows of good news surrounding Forsyth County. We hope this year’s Progress edition helps you spot them.