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Hancock County employee earns Vinson Institute certificate, saves county millions

Hancock County Clerk Borderick Foster’s cost-saving initiative succeeded beyond his wildest dreams. Not even a courthouse fire so hot it melted a brass bell could deter him. When Hancock County leaders began seeking new ways to cut costs and build… Full story

Georgia Center offers course on machine learning and data science for executives

The UGA Center for Continuing Education & Hotel now offers a new course for business executives that demystifies machine learning and data science and focuses on the practical applications of these revolutionary technologies in business. Taught by Jagannath Rao, a… Full story

New business accelerates after SBDC helps Atlanta consultant align his work processes

Charles Broom had worked 15 years as a consultant, helping small and large businesses hire specialized professionals, create strategic plans and negotiate contracts. By 2017, he was ready to be his own boss. “Eventually, I got to a place where… Full story

UGA’s first Archway Partnership community continues to build on its successes

When they keep inviting you back, you must be doing something right. Colquitt County leaders have continued to fund the Archway Partnership in their community, nine years beyond the original five-year commitment to the program. “We just really believe in… Full story

UGA finalist for national economic development awards

For the third year, three University of Georgia programs have been selected as finalists for national awards recognizing innovation in economic development. UGA is the only university that has had three finalists for three consecutive years. The Carl Vinson Institute of Government and… Full story

New developments at State Botanical Garden will increase educational opportunities, improve access

The University of Georgia broke ground on a trio of projects Aug. 23 at the State Botanical Garden of Georgia. The projects—the Center for Art and Nature Porcelain and Decorative Arts Museum, the Discovery and Inspiration Garden, and a new… Full story

New Faculty Tour provides education and impact

The trip ended where it began, with a large coach bus parked outside the Georgia Center in the August heat, a group of about 50 faculty, administrators and staff milling about with their luggage and backpacks. Except, with the UGA… Full story

UGA Institute of Government strategic planning boosts workforce development in Georgia

Just northwest of Atlanta, Cherokee County boasts a well-educated population. More than 90 percent of its residents 25 and older graduated from high school. More than a third have a bachelor’s degree or higher. Yet 78 percent of the employed… Full story

UGA student designs plans for an Archway Partnership community welcome center

An abandoned storefront on the Moultrie downtown square will be repurposed into a welcome center where newcomers and visitors can find information about Colquitt County. The former Citi-Trends store also will house offices and possibly a co-working space for small… Full story

UGA Graduate Students selected as Knauss finalists

Two graduate students from the University of Georgia have been selected as finalists for the 2020 John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship, sponsored by the National Sea Grant College Program. The finalists will spend one year in Washington, D.C. in… Full story

New Faculty Tour heads out with new provost on board

UGA’s whirlwind tour of the state kicked off its 35th run on Monday, with destinations including Amicalola State Park in the north Georgia mountains, the state Capitol and National Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta, Pinewood Studios in… Full story

State Botanical Garden alliance wins national award for conservation

The Georgia Plant Conservation Alliance (GPCA), headquartered at the State Botanical Garden of Georgia at UGA, received a 2019 Environmental Excellence Award in the category of “Ecosystem, Habitat, and Wildlife” from the Federal Highway Administration for its work with the… Full story

Employee Development, Digital Marketing and New Lines Grow Sales for Carrollton Landscaping Firm

Joe and Sarah Bearden own Dreamscapes Landscaping Services. In 2017, Dreamscapes acquired a competitor, which yielded immediate and significant growth.  Due to its size, Dreamscapes required additional personnel to meet and manage their own sizeable growth along with the new… Full story

UGA Institute of Government, Archway Partnership create brand designed to draw people to Hawkinsville

Day-trippers, agritourists and businesses are being invited to “Come Home to Hawkinsville” to visit, shop and perhaps put down roots in the Pulaski County city. Hawkinsville and Pulaski County are extending the invitation through a community branding initiative developed by… Full story

Small reptile, big impact: Gopher tortoises in the care of UGA after rescue

Young gopher tortoises are finding a new home at UGA Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant while they come out of their shell—figuratively speaking. The gopher tortoises, Georgia’s official state reptile, were rescued as eggs from a site owned by… Full story

UGA student Sarah Jackson turns service-learning into a career

After Sarah Jackson took her first service-learning course at the University of Georgia, she was hooked. Ten years later, she’s made a career out of service, community engagement and nonprofit partnerships. “Through my geography major, I became involved in a… Full story

Alumni turn their appreciation for the coast into an opportunity for a student

You can see the salt marsh from nearly every room in Dorothea and Wink Smith’s Hilton Head home. The activity varies with the tide. When the water is high, boats cruise through a channel that connects residents and businesses to… Full story

Shedding a light on longtime State Botanical Garden supporter James Miller Jr.

Jim Miller grew up with a mother who enjoyed gardening. When an advisory board for the State Botanical Garden of Georgia began forming in the 1980s, he was a charter member. His gift of $5,000 was the first private funding… Full story