Transportation Summit called to address Forsyth County’s growth



FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — Last month, Forbes named Forsyth County the seventh fastest-growing county in America.

Williamson County, Texas was No. 1.

Forsyth County saw a 78.4 percent growth in population from 2000 to 2010 and a 7.07 percent growth from 2010 to 2012. The population in the county is about 187,928, according to U.S. Census data, making the county the fastest-growing in the state.

As the community continues to grow and enjoy economic prosperity, infrastructure must be in place to ensure a sustainable economic future.

To address the congestion on Ga. 400 and other local transportation needs, the Cumming-Forsyth County Chamber of Commerce, Forsyth County Government leaders and local Rotary clubs have joined to host the 2013 Transportation Summit.

“The Transportation Summit will provide a great opportunity for open dialogue and communication regarding the future of transportation in our county, and I would encourage everyone to attend this event,” said Forsyth County Commissioner Cindy Jones Mills. “Forsyth County continues to be one of the fastest-growing counties in the state, so transportation is a key topic for our community to address.”

Guests will include Sen. Steve Gooch, chairman of the Transportation Committee; Rep. Mike Dudgeon; Rep. Mark Hamilton; Rudy Bowen, Georgia Department of Transportation for District 7; Emily Dunn, GDOT for District 9; Bayne Smith, GDOT district engineer; John Cunard, Forsyth County director of engineering; and Bert Brantley and Chris Tomlinson of the State Road and Tollway Authority.

The event will take place Wednesday, Oct. 30 at 11:30 a.m. at the Forsyth Conference Center, 3410 Ronald Reagan Boulevard.

There is a $15 cost that includes lunch and the opportunity to hear from local transportation authorities. Limited seating will be available at no cost for those choosing to not partake in lunch. The program will begin at 12:30 p.m. and will conclude at 1:30 p.m.

To register, visit or call 770-887-6461.

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