FoCo achievements, improvement plans and new benefits highlighted at the State of the County address

Justine Lookenott

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Commissioner Alfred John speaks at the 2022 FoCo State of the County Address(Image by Forsyth County Government)

(Forsyth County, GA) On Tuesday, April 19, Forsyth County public officials and community members crowded into the Forsyth Conference Center at Lanier Technical College to hear the annual FoCo State of the County Address.

Presented by Northside Hospital Forsyth and co-hosted by the Forsyth County Government and Chamber of Commerce, the event took off with a coffee & conversation breakfast at 10:30 a.m., lunch at 11:30 a.m. and the address starting at 12 p.m.

After a few opening words from Chamber Chairman Derek Brooks, Commissioner Alfred John took the stage to deliver the address, which was complimented by videos produced by the County’s communication team.

Among the many topics addressed, John highlighted the several infrastructure accomplishments from the past year including:

  • The widening of SR 369
  • The new overpass at SR 400
  • The Board’s approval of the installation of a water intake facility, which will create savings up to $3 million for the County
  • The Fowler Water Reclamation Facility expanding capacity from 2.5 million gallons per day to 5 million per day

Some of the accomplishments from the Parks and Recreation Department included:

  • The addition of four and a half miles to the Big Creek Greenway
  • The groundbreaking for the expansion project at Lanierland Park which will add more features such as an inclusive playground, baseball fields and tennis courts
  • The improvement projects at Sawnee Mountain Park that will update the ballfields, add an inclusive playground and provide better lighting for the park
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The 2022 FoCo State of the County Address(Image by Forsyth County Government)

John also announced that the county will be investing in “its most important resource, its employees.” Plans are in place for a new County administration center, which he said will save the County up to $400,000 a year in rental costs. A new County employee center is also in the works as well as a facility that will serve the public's mental and physical health needs.

“This County of mine is already a shining example of what a home community can provide,” John said. “Incredible natural resources and scenic beauty, opportunities to achieve personal career and business goals, a government striving each day to produce the kind of home that residents desire and I look forward with great hope to the future of this County. I know that if we continue to work together as a community, we can build on the foundation of what has made Forsyth County what it is today- the most desired place to call home.”

The Address was sponsored by Atlas, AT&T, Northside Hospital Forsyth, Georgia Power and Jacobs, among others.

If you have a news tip in Forsyth County, contact Justine Lookenott at justine.lookenott@newsbreak.com.

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I cover local news in Forsyth County, GA. My debut into the writing world began at the age of 10 when I won an essay contest in Around Acworth Magazine in which I wrote about spending the summer with my pet goat, Eclair. Since graduating from Kennesaw State University, I have been published in several newspapers and magazines in the Atlanta area including The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Atlanta School Guide, What Now Atlanta, Newcomer Magazine, the Marietta Daily Journal and the Cherokee Tribune.

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