Thursday, January 10, 2013
Burnette, with help from a video, makes the annual State Of The City address for 2013.
Several people spoke during the Suwanee State Of The City address on Wednesday. The mayor was actually one of them. In his second such address, Mayor Jimmy Burnette issued a call for involvement, and an overhead video played during a break in his speech had testimonials from people who already had done so. The video highlighted people who participated in the 20/20 Vision strategic plan. Burnette urged those in attendance at City Hall, which included members of the Suwanee Business Alliance, to "find something in the 20/20 Vision (strategic plan) that you are passionate about." -- What do you foresee for Suwanee in 2013? Share your thoughts in the comments below. "Take a leadership role, and make it happen." Among the speakers in the video …
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Burnette will make his speech Wednesday evening at City Hall.
Suwanee Mayor Jimmy Burnette will mark a one-year anniversary in office Wednesday (January 9) when he makes the annual State Of The City address at City Hall, 6 p.m. The Suwanee native and Old Town resident plans to note several of the city's accomplishments in the past year, as well as highlight future strategies. In Burnette's first year in office, Suwanee saw the following happen: -- What do you think of the job Jimmy Burnette has done so far as Suwanee mayor? Tell us in the comments below. Also, Burnette plans to speak about the city's 20/20 Vision planning effort. The city rolled out the effort last April at a picnic at Everett's Music Barn in Old Town. Emphasizing community engagement, that effort included input from more than 800 …
Friday, June 29, 2012
The political consultant has a strong client list and large online following.
She could be regarded as a political good-luck charm. Current Gwinnett BOC Chairman Charlotte Nash and Suwanee Mayor Jimmy Burnette did one thing in common when campaigning for office: hire Kellie Austin. Austin, a Suwanee resident, is ubiquitous when it comes to business and political scenes. Know someone in the Suwanee area who's a newsmaker? Tell us in the comments below. Her political involvement began in her home town of Toccoa. "My youngest memories were of my family’s political involvement," she recalled to Suwanee Patch. "My dad instilled in me a deep sense of our individual obligation to determine the future of our communities. I decided to be a national delegate and was elected as the youngest national delegate for the Republican…
Thursday, April 12, 2012
A childhood picture of the Suwanee mayor is out.
Everyone knows that Suwanee Mayor Jimmy Burnette is home-grown. He is a lifelong resident who is a business owner and longtime member of City Council before being elected mayor last November. As such, there are a lot of memories that go along with that, and some now are surfacing. During his State Of The City address in January, he remarked that his grandchildren now can play in the Big Splash fountain, unlike him playing in Suwanee Creek as a youth. But there's more. Now some baby pictures are out there, thanks to the recent issue of Crossroads, the city's official newsletter. The attached pic shows the mayor doing some yard work in his toddler digs. So now we ask: What do you think of Jimmy Burnette in his youth? Share your thoughts in …
Monday, February 13, 2012
Burnette discusses leadership at Riverside Elementary.
Monday, February 13, 2012
Riverside Elementary in Suwanee hosted a visit from Mayor Jimmy Burnette recently, as he visited the third grade students of Claire Mann and Genny Buice, according to a Gwinnett schools news release. Burnette discussed the importance of basic principles that provide the foundation of our local government, and he shared his political background and Gwinnett County roots. Burnette, who took office Jan. 1, praised the Riverside Elementary leadership initiative as he listened to the students talk about how they have learned to “Be the Leader.” Burnette led a brainstorming session with students and discussed what they like and don’t like about the Suwanee. The students mentioned Town Center, Suwanee Day and other events, and the many parks and …
Thursday, January 12, 2012
New Suwanee mayor talks of then, now and beyond in first State Of The City speech.
It was appropriate for a good ol' Suwanee boy gone straight. "This is going to be interesting," Jimmy Burnette, wearing an open-necked shirt, said as he stepped to the podium Wednesday at City Hall. Then he introduced himself and went ahead with a speech. It was as Suwanee's new mayor had advertised -- a description of the Suwanee of his youth, a tribute to the present achievements, and an outline of what everyone can expect to see in the near future. "The Suwanee of my early childhood didn't have a City Hall. They used to meet in the back of (a store in Old Town). "For teens in the 1960s, Buford was the place to hang out," Burnette, a North Gwinnett High grad, told the gathering. But this is not a leader who is hung up on the past. "There…
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Burnette will make the address at City Hall.
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Updated Jan. 10, 2012 Jimmy Burnette, a lifelong Suwanee resident who took over as mayor Jan. 1, will deliver his first State Of The City address Wednesday. Burnette will make the speech as part of the January meeting of the Suwanee Business Alliance, a networking group at 6 p.m. at City Hall. According to a city news release, Burnette will offer a broad perspective of the community, comparing the Suwanee of his childhood and today. The mayor also will provide information about where Suwanee will be headed in 2012 and beyond. He is an advocate of the changes that have come to the city since 2001, when the Open Space Initiative was passed and led to the development of the city's well-known parks system. When he officially announced his …
Friday, December 23, 2011
It all started on Dec. 23, 2010. Now it's time to recap some of the news events that we have brought you in typical Patch fashion.
On Dec. 23, 2010, at 10 a.m., Suwanee Patch went live on the Internet. We didn't know what would happen, just that it would be a new news source, presented in a unique, 21st century way. And indeed, things have been lively. For a city of roughly 15,300, Suwanee has been a constant source of information. We've added bloggers, contests, and other new features, and will continue to do so. But community information and interaction remain our staple, and we want to review some of the top events that happened in our first year. In true Letterman style, here goes: 10. Snow shuts down Suwanee: For a week in January, snow and ice blanketed the city, making even the most routine commute hazardous. Schools closed for five days, pushing graduation …
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
City Council veteran and Suwanee native to succeed Williams. Ireland elected to City Council post.
Updated Nov. 9, 2011 Jimmy Burnette, a Suwanee native and member of City Council since 1996, was elected mayor of the city Tuesday. Burnette will succeed Dave Williams, who is leaving the office after one term. Assuming that election results are certified by the Georgia Secretary of State's office, Burnette will be sworn into office in January. Also Tuesday, Doug Ireland was elected to City Council. He will fill the post vacated by Burnette. Sunday alcohol sales were approved by Suwanee voters, getting 75 percent of the ballots cast, city officials said. Dick Goodman was running unopposed for a full council term. Burnette, 59, is a resident of the Old Town area and is solidly behind the changes that have come to the city since 2001. "Let's…
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Some prominent Suwanee residents have made financial support to Burnette's campaign.
Updated Oct. 20, 2011 A former Gwinnett BOC chairman and a member of the University System Board of Regents have made contributions to the Suwanee mayoral campaign of Jimmy Burnette, according to state records. Wayne Hill, a Suwanee resident and former chairman of the Gwinnett County commissioners, made a $500 contribution on July 22. Richard Tucker, a Suwanee resident and a member of the state Board of Regents, made a $1,000 contribution on Sept. 12, according to disclosure records with the Georgia Department of Ethics. All candidates for public office in Georgia are required to disclose financial details and campaign contributions. Burnette, a Suwanee City Council member since 1996, publicly declared to run for mayor in July. No reports…