2021 Four for the Future

Now in its ninth year, the Four for the Future Awards, co-sponsored by Georgia Trend magazine and UGA, recognize communities and regions that have worked across public- private sector and nonprofit boundaries to address challenges in ways that will lead… Full story

UGA Public Service and Outreach awards recognize achievement, creativity and contributions that improve quality of life

Eight University of Georgia faculty and staff members will be recognized this week for their commitment to public service and outreach. Award winners were selected from UGA academic and research faculty, Cooperative Extension and Public Service and Outreach units. They… Full story

UGA community leadership development initiative enters second year, taking application for new participants

In her role as Elbert County Chamber of Commerce president, Leslie Friedman saw a gap in the community’s workforce that needed addressing. “I felt like our community needed more resources and training for ‘middle management’ in our community, specifically in… Full story

UGA Institute of Government helping communities be more than “Anywhere USA”

After a year-long process led by UGA’s Carl Vinson Institute of Government, residents of Washington County—a UGA Archway Partnership community— and its eight municipalities selected a brand, complete with tagline and logo, to draw attention to the community’s assets. READ… Full story

A revolutionary map created by UGA is leading to expanded statewide internet access

Wide swaths of South Georgia lack access to high-speed internet service. But where are the most households lacking broadband access in the state? Fulton County. Thanks to a groundbreaking map — the first of its kind in the United States… Full story

Grover Andrews, who ushered the UGA Center for Continuing Education into the 21st century, dies at 91

Former UGA Public Service and Outreach Vice President Grover J. Andrews died March 26, 2021. He was 91. Andrews was associate vice president for Public Service and Outreach and interim director of the Georgia Center from 1998 until he retired… Full story

Market knowledge and operational flexibility lead freight carrier through pandemic

Justin Hughes left trucking and moved into real estate in 2007, just before the Great Recession. After he decided to return to trucking two years later, he reached out to the University of Georgia Small Business Development Center at Clayton… Full story

Lyndhurst Foundation awards sixth round of funding to Institute of Government

The Georgia Downtown Renaissance Partnership, a program of UGA’s Carl Vinson Institute of Government, was recently awarded $120,000 by the Lyndhurst Foundation. This is the sixth time the foundation has funded the program since 2015, bringing its total support to… Full story

UGA, fishing industry expand market, protect whales

The University of Georgia Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant is working with commercial fishermen to test advanced gear that could expand their catch and protect endangered North Atlantic right whales, like the one found dead off the coast of… Full story

UGA honors late judge, announces new programs at annual leadership conference

The UGA J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development presented its 2021 Innovations in Community Leadership Award posthumously to Superior Court Judge Horace J. Johnson Jr., in honor of his commitment to developing leaders and strengthening his hometown of Newton County… Full story

Institute of Government employee receives PSO award for virtual programming during the pandemic

Carl Vinson Institute of Government Program Coordinator Michael Moryc is the 10th recipient of the Public Service and Outreach Spotlight Award for his work helping institute faculty transition to online programming when the COVID-19 pandemic began last year. “It’s no… Full story

Improvements to UGA’s State Botanical Garden make trails, riverbank more accessible

The roughly half dozen miles of nature trails at the UGA State Botanical Garden of Georgia are frequented by hundreds of thousands of visitors every year. Now they are accessible to visitors in wheelchairs, pushing strollers or those who have… Full story

UGA schedules another webinar to help businesses and nonprofits apply for federal money

UGA Public Service and Outreach will host another webinar on Feb. 26 to help owners and operators of entertainment venues and nonprofits apply for federal funding available through the Economic Aid Act. The webinar will include representatives from the UGA… Full story

PSO award goes to Fanning Institute researcher for determination, dedication and loyalty

A strategic planning meeting at the J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development appeared routine until UGA Public Service and Outreach (PSO) Vice President Jennifer Frum appeared on the Zoom screen and called out the latest PSO Employee Spotlight Award winner,… Full story

UGA continues to assist small businesses hurt financially by the pandemic

As federal emergency funding continues to be available to small businesses, the UGA Small Business Development Center is offering webinars and one-to-one assistance to business owners and operators hurt by the COVID-19 pandemic. Since Jan. 1, 2021: • The UGA… Full story

Grant boosts development of novel food products from jellyfish

UGA food scientists and marine extension experts received a nearly $500,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to develop food products from cannonball jellyfish, which could boost economic growth on the Georgia coast. Kevin Mis Solval, a food science… Full story

Georgia Center food and banquet manager is in the PSO Employee Spotlight

Katie Phillips is the latest Public Service and Outreach employee surprised with an Employee Spotlight award during a Zoom meeting. Phillips, food and beverage banquet manager at the UGA Center for Continuing Education & Hotel, was nominated for the award… Full story

Adapting to COVID-19 restrictions puts veterinary hospital back on track for expansion financing

UGA alumnus Dr. Mike Ammermon opened Pooler Veterinary Hospital in 2013 with one full-time and one part-time veterinarian and two staff members. By 2018, he had four veterinarians and 20 staff members, and needed more space. His design for a… Full story