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Middle schoolers get their hands dirty (remotely) at Grow It Know It online summer camp

Clarke County Public School students haven’t been in a classroom since March, but that hasn’t stopped the learning, even over the summer, thanks to the University of Georgia. More than two dozen middle school students participated in a UGA summer… Full story

UGA helps coastal businesses plan for weather disasters

The University of Georgia will offer a no-cost webinar series in August to help businesses along Georgia’s coast prepare for weather emergencies and learn ways to get back on track after a major storm. The Emergency Preparedness and Business Continuity… Full story

Essential business in Smyrna turns to UGA for assistance during pandemic

Joseph Malbrough’s UPS store in Cobb County was considered an essential business when most others were forced to close during the early weeks of the COVID-19 pandemic. But with most people sheltering in place, the daily traffic through the store… Full story

UGA helped Team Clermont stay afloat after COVID-19 shut down live music venues and banned large gatherings

Nelson Wells has been promoting musical releases and musicians in Athens and beyond since 1997. When the pandemic hit, it threatened to shut his business down as well. “People stopped spending money and activities in general just froze,” said Wells,… Full story

Nonprofits continue receiving organizational support from UGA through virtual tools

The COVID-19 pandemic has not stopped the University of Georgia from supporting nonprofits in their mission to build a better quality of life in their communities. Prior to the pandemic, Georgia Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), Inc. had called on… Full story

Closed, but not “closed”: SBDC helps St. Marys business thrive during COVID shutdown

Cottle & Gunn in St. Marys, Georgia, closed its doors in April when the state’s shelter-in-place directives took effect. But the COVID-19 pandemic didn’t stop owner Deborah Cottle from doubling — then tripling — her sales from the previous spring,… Full story

Agricultural manufacturer keeps business moving during critical growing season with assistance from the SBDC

When COVID-19 forced Peerless Manufacturing in southwest Georgia to shut down in March, employees had no way to know how long they might be out of work. It might have been for good. But with assistance from the UGA Small… Full story

State Botanical Garden receives funding to support food programs and online summer camps

The State Botanical Garden of Georgia was among 28 public gardens in the U.S. to receive funding from the U.S. Botanic Garden and the American Public Garden Association to help support its urban agriculture and community food-growing programs. The $15,000… Full story

UGA Archway Partnership joins forces with College of Public Health to help plan for COVID-19 impact in southwest Georgia

Healthcare professionals in Colquitt County have been better able to plan for their providers’ and patients’ needs during the COVID-19 pandemic thanks to a customized report from the University of Georgia. Produced by the College of Public Health (CPH) in… Full story

UGA’s GeorgiaDATA website helps communities make informed decisions during the pandemic

Georgia’s state and local leaders can access accurate, current data to learn how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting the economics of their communities through GeorgiaDATA.org, a resource designed by UGA’s Carl Vinson Institute of Government. Such data is vital to communities’ ability… Full story

UGA partnership helps Georgia communities manage their infrastructure

Angela Nguyen began sheltering at home since March, but the UGA College of Engineering graduate student is still hard at work researching how to help Georgia communities — specifically smaller communities — better care for their bridges. Nguyen is the… Full story

New hydrophones will let UGA Aquarium visitors experience the fascinating world of underwater sounds

Imagine hearing the sounds the dolphins make as they glide through the water, or the mating call of the oyster toadfish. Visitors to the UGA Marine Education Center and Aquarium on Skidaway Island will be able to experience the underwater… Full story

UGA, Georgia Department of Agriculture offer tips to help agribusinesses market their products

Nearly 200 people from across the state tuned in Wednesday for a free digital marketing webinar for agribusiness owners looking for alternate ways to sell their products. The webinar on June 17 was hosted by the UGA Small Business Development… Full story

Vinson Institute faculty member awarded PSO Employee Spotlight

A routine Zoom meeting turned into a surprise celebration for John Hulsey, a faculty member in the Carl Vinson Institute of Government, who was selected for the most recent Public Service and Outreach Employee Spotlight award. PSO Vice President Jennifer… Full story

UGA online leadership program equips public health leaders for COVID-19 response

COVID-19 was not on their radar in October 2019 when 28 emerging public health leaders from across the southeast began a leadership skills program created by the University of Georgia. Within months, however, the first fellows in the Public Health… Full story

UGA offers COVID-19 resources throughout Georgia

From helping local governments navigate their changing financials to providing online assistance to small businesses in applying for federal loans to providing meals for food insecure Georgians, University of Georgia’s Public Service and Outreach is working throughout the state to… Full story

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Vinson Institute webinars offered free to Georgia communities

A series of free webinars designed to help Georgia communities plan their recovery from the coronavirus pandemic will be offered by the University of Georgia Carl Vinson Institute of Government. The Navigating Fiscal Crisis webinars will help local government officials and economic… Full story