Collaboration is more than just a business buzzword; it’s an essential element in sustainable economic development. Communities are learning the power that comes from something we all learned back in kindergarten. It’s good to work well with others.

As part of its mission as a land grant university, the University of Georgia’s Public Service and Outreach (PSO) and the nine units that make up the division are tasked with taking the resources of the university to communities that need them.

This year, the PSO and Georgia Trend magazine are recognizing four communities and regions from around the state with the Four for the Future award. The recipients are demonstrating collaboration, leadership and innovation in projects ranging from protection of the coast to literacy, from economic development to quality healthcare.

Past Recipients


Baxley-Appling County: Building Skills

Carrollton-Carroll County/Villa Rica: From Vision to Reality

Fulton County: Planning for Success

Hawkinsville-Pulaski County: Addressing Priorities

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Richmond County: Recipe for Success

Cordele-Crisp County: Poised for Growth

LaGrange-Troup County: A Clear Direction

Moultrie-Colquitt County: Leadership Rising

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Blairsville and Union County: Don’t Stop Believin’

St. Marys: Planning for Higher Sea Levels

Statesboro-Bulloch County: Women Leading Women

Americus and Sumter County: A Firm Foundation

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Clarkesville: Rising From the Ashes

Jekyll Island: Making a Comeback

McRae-Helena: Bringing Everyone Together

Rome: Growing and Changing

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Covington and Newton County: The Center for Community Preservation and Planning

Cairo and Grady County: Community Health and Wellness Working Group

Toccoa and Stephens County: Toccoa-Stephens County Tomorrow

Adel and Cook County: Adel-Cook County Chamber of Commerce/Cook County Economic Development Commission

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Tybee Island and Chatham County: Preservation and Protection

Dalton-Whitfield County: Leaders and Readers

Ty Cobb Regional Medical Center: Collaboration in Action

Polk County and Surrounding Cities: Laying Groundwork

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