UGA students, faculty and staff receive sustainability awards

Four members of the University of Georgia community recently were recognized for their dedication to creating a more sustainable UGA. The UGA Office of Sustainability, as part of Athens-Clarke County GreenFest, presented the 2013 Sustainable UGA Awards to outstanding students, faculty and staff on April 19. Full story

TailsSpin owners win state SBA award

Los Angeles transplants Jeffrey Manley and Jusak Bernhard were no strangers to accolades even before they moved to Savannah and opened a retail pet store in 2007. Full story

Planning to help: Carl Vinson Institute expert aids communities in US, abroad

Malik R. Watkins, a planning and development expert with UGA’s Carl Vinson Institute of Government, has built his career on a commitment to service both in the U.S. and in struggling countries around the globe. Full story

UGA named to 2013 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll

For the seventh consecutive year, UGA has been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll by the Corporation for National and Community Service. This honor is the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement. Full story

Trail builder, professor and garden team win environmental awards

A man who builds hiking trails, a University of Georgia professor who fosters community gardening and a church gardening team a homeless man helped start are this year’s winners of the Alec Little Environmental Award, a prize that honors people and organizations for environmental responsibility. Full story

FFA connecting students to landscaping industry

Recently, four members of the Colquitt County FFA competed in the State Nursery Landscape Competition held at the State Botanical Garden in Athens, Ga. Full story

Campus Kitchen at UGA receives top student organization award

Campus Kitchen at UGA was named the University of Georgia’s “Organization of the Year” during the 12th Annual H. Gordon and Francis S. Davis Student Organization Achievement and Recognition Awards, given out April 10 at the Tate Student Center. The hunger relief student organization, launched in March 2011, also received an award for “Outstanding Service to the Community.” Full story

Perry to seek public input to move city forward

The community is going to have to help Perry reach its full potential, city officials said Monday. “There’s no way that we can — as a council or as a staff — get that all done, short term or long term,” said Mayor Jimmy Faircloth. Full story

Spring back into the garden with Georgia Gold Medal plants

As the weather warms up and the first leaves emerge, we rush out to our local nurseries and garden centers, determined that this is the year that our landscape looks better than ever. Surrounded by color and banners and flowers and people loading wagons with plants, we stand awestruck, then dumbstruck, then paralyzed. Now what? Which plants? Where to plant them? Full story

Technology bridges gap for local entrepreneurs

In 2008, Digital Bridges was formed under the Knight Foundation, which granted $1.5 million to Georgia College with the purpose of utilizing technology to empower Baldwin County citizens. By increasing digital literacy within the community, Digital Bridges hopes to assist in developing innovative leadership, according to its website. Full story

Free consultations available for small businesses

The University of Georgia Small Business Development Center (SBDC) provides free one-on-one, confidential business consulting for existing and start-up business owners. Middle Georgia’s 19-county outreach includes Baldwin County. Full story

Chatham County sheriff contracts to house federal prisoners

A second study has confirmed the need for additional staff at the expanded Chatham County Detention Center later this year, making it more likely that property taxes will be raised to cover the operation’s cost. Full story

Helping small businesses find their focus

Small business owners never lack for things to worry about — business plans, financing, marketing, how to take advantage of social media. Full story

Statewide Winners Announced in Give Wildlife a Chance Poster Contest

Twelve elementary school children have been selected as statewide winners in the Give Wildlife a Chance Poster Contest. More than 4,400 kindergarten through 5th-grade students from 43 public schools, private schools and home-school groups participated in the 21st annual conservation art competition, according to the Georgia Wildlife Resources Division and The State Botanical Garden of Georgia. Full story

Women honored, celebrated in county

Friday was a time to “recognize our heroes – and she-roes,” said Laura Meadows, director of the University of Georgia’s Carl Vinson Institute of Government, starting a brief talk at the local Women in History Day celebration. Full story

Cannon: Five plants earn superior ranking for home garden

The 2013 Georgia Gold Medal Plants have been selected and as in years past, the winners are rated as No. 1 superior ornamental plants for use in the residential landscape. Full story

Seniors council starts weekly farmers market

Those with limited means and access to food now can buy cheap, fresh seasonal produce such as beets, kale, collards and more through a new farmers market at the Athens Community Council on Aging. Full story

Four For The Future

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. Full story