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UGA Archway helps launch high school welding program to build local workforce

Students at Thomson High School now have an on-site training program designed to help them prepare for available jobs when they graduate and meet a growing workforce need in the community. Twenty-seven students already have enrolled in the new welding… Full story

Walton County high school honored at Fanning Institute leadership conference

Walnut Grove High School in Loganville, Georgia, was honored by UGA with the 2020 Innovations in Community Leadership Award for its success in implementing a leadership curriculum that has led to higher graduation rates and greater student engagement. The award… Full story

UGA receives $50,000 grant from AT&T to address flooding in Athens-Clarke County

A grant from AT&T will help an interdisciplinary team of UGA faculty assess long-term flood frequency and severity for Athens-Clarke County in order to better plan for future development and infrastructure investments. Paul Chambers Jr., regional director of external affairs… Full story

Georgia’s First Lady helps State Botanical Garden promote native plants and pollinators

State Botanical Garden Director Jenny Cruse-Sanders and members of the garden staff were guests at the 2020 Legislative Spouses Luncheon at the Governor’s Mansion, where they talked about the importance of native Georgia plants, a topic dear to the heart… Full story

After helping UGA’s Small Business Development Center for years, accountant turns to the center for assistance

Augusta accountant Lisa Mayo knows the UGA Small Business Development Center well. She frequently serves as a tax panelist and QuickBooks expert for SBDC StartSMART™ courses. So, when Mayo, a CPA (certified public accountant) and CVA (certified valuation analyst), had… Full story

Marine Extension & Georgia Sea Grant’s Karlsson honored with PSO Employee Spotlight Award

Sara Karlsson, the administrative financial director at UGA’s Marine Extension & Georgia Sea Grant, became the third winner of the Public Service and Outreach Employee Spotlight Award on January 30 with a surprise appearance by PSO Vice President Jennifer Frum…. Full story

State Botanical Garden development reaches new heights with topping-out ceremony

The Center for Art and Nature at the State Botanical Garden moved a step closer to reality as donors and University of Georgia staff held a ceremonial “topping out” of the facility last week. Deen Day Sanders, who gave her… Full story

Fanning Institute to host fifth annual leadership conference at UGA this week

A native of southeast Georgia, Lynda Brannen Williamson spent her life working to improve the Statesboro community as a civic leader, a legacy that continued after her passing with the creation of the Lynda Brannen Williamson Foundation in 2014, and… Full story

Carnegie Foundation reaffirms UGA as community engaged university

The University of Georgia has been recognized for excellence in public service and outreach, being designated as a community engaged institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching for a second time. The classification was first awarded to… Full story

UGA study could help reduce rural incarceration rates

An interdisciplinary team at the University of Georgia was awarded a grant by the Vera Institute of Justice to address increasing incarceration rates in rural communities and the impact of jailing people who are mentally ill or substance abusers. The… Full story

SBDC Contractor Academy supports local businesses

Food may be the love language of the Classic City. From staples to newly established restaurants, Athens is never short on good eats. So, in a town with a lively food scene, how can a small business stand out? For Rashe… Full story

Fueling Growth: The Right Ingredients Lead to Healthy Growth for Augusta Meal Prep Business

Former firefighter and nurse Onnie Sanford never intended to start her own business. However, a strong desire to recover her fitness and energy after childbirth put her on that path. Sanford now owns and runs Paleo Num Yums, an Augusta… Full story

Fifth annual UGA Day of Service benefits local nonprofits and agencies

More than 200 UGA Public Service and Outreach employees planted flowers, organized books, walked dogs and reconstructed a middle school garden in Athens-Clarke County as a part of the 2019 PSO Day of Service. It was the fifth Day of… Full story

SBDC employee receives PSO Employee Spotlight Award

Carolina Ramon, director of the Office of Minority Business Development for the UGA Small Business Development Center, was presented with the second Public Service and Outreach Employee Spotlight Award on Dec. 6. Ramon was surprised with the award by PSO… Full story

Leadership institute helps Macon businesses grow

An entrepreneurial leadership curriculum developed by the University of Georgia is helping several Macon business owners lead their businesses to new heights. In 2018, NewTown Macon—a nonprofit organization focused on economic and cultural development in downtown Macon—contacted the UGA J.W…. Full story

AT&T Foundation contribution to support Embark Georgia network

A $25,000 contribution from the AT&T Foundation will help the University of Georgia increase college access and retention for youth who have experienced foster care or homelessness. Embark Georgia, founded and run by UGA’s J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development,… Full story

Students spend fall break helping communities recover

IMPACT Service Break students used their fall break to serve their fellow Georgians who are recovering from back-to-back natural disasters. During the Nov. 1-3 weekend, students traveled to Cairo, Georgia, less than an hour north of Tallahassee with a population… Full story

Relationship with SBDC paid off for contractor when the U.S. economy went south

Guiomar Obregon’s company was struggling during the Great Recession. Loans were coming due, business was down. Fortunately, she had already tapped into the expertise of the UGA Small Business Development Center when she launched Precision 2000 (P2K) two decades ago,… Full story