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UGA academic, outreach faculty get funding to address rural issues

Eight University of Georgia faculty teams were awarded grants for projects proposed during the second year of the Rural Engagement Workshop for Academic Faculty. The goal of the program, launched by Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Jack… Full story

UGA’s Archway Partnership wins regional award for outreach

The program now sets its sights on national award The University of Georgia is the regional winner of the 2022 W.K. Kellogg Foundation Community Engagement Scholarship Award for its Archway Partnership outreach program. The program takes UGA faculty and students… Full story

UGA new faculty get a tour of the state

After a two-year hiatus, the University of Georgia New Faculty Tour returned this year with 26 new employees spending four days traveling across Georgia and learning about the state’s economic, geographic, social and cultural diversity. The tour passed through 13 cities… Full story

McDuffie County expands leadership pipeline with UGA support

Census data on Thomson-McDuffie County caught Elizabeth Brown’s attention. Fifty-nine percent of households in the community were run by single parents. “As a social worker, I know the importance of ensuring those children and parents have support to ensure positive… Full story

UGA student-designed park comes to life for Hart County Archway Partnership

When Hartwell residents turned out in May to install plants at the site of a new downtown park, UGA alumna Elizabeth Crimmins was right there alongside them in the dirt. Crimmins, a student from Chattanooga who earned her Master of… Full story

Boosting rural Georgia

Support from UGA Foundation benefits students and communities A generous $500,000 gift from the University of Georgia Foundation board of trustees to support rural economic development will enable UGA to reach even more communities and provide experiential learning opportunities to… Full story

Charting a Brighter Future

Innovative UGA program gives rural communities the tools to prosper and thrive Walking around downtown Baxley, Georgia, Keri Orvin shares some of the community’s ideas for the mostly vacant storefronts: An outdoor café in a breezy alleyway, a welcome center… Full story

UGA names Thomson-McDuffie County the state’s first Connected Resilient Community

Thomson-McDuffie County, Ga., is the inaugural recipient of UGA’s Connected Resilient Community (CRC) designation, which recognizes Georgia communities that partner with university experts to increase economic development potential. McDuffie County has been a UGA Archway Partnership community since 2017 and, in… Full story

Tour helps UGA employees better understand the university’s land-grant mission

From murals on the sides of downtown buildings to the college and career academy to a designer wedding dress shop, the influence and impact of the University of Georgia is evident in Hart County. In February, a group of UGA… Full story

New UGA program to increase community resilience across Georgia

A new University of Georgia initiative will partner UGA faculty and students with communities throughout the state to develop customized plans that will better position the communities to successfully address future challenges. The overarching goal of the program, called Connected… Full story

UGA helps Colquitt County develop future leaders

In the fall of 2018, Colquitt County eighth-grader Jayden Smith wasn’t sure about giving up his Saturdays to participate in a new program called Leadership Legends, presented by the University of Georgia. Three years later, he is glad he did…. Full story

UGA gets federal grant to help communities advance economic development

A grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture will allow UGA Public Service and Outreach units to equip rural Georgia communities with the tools, resources and knowledge to chart a strategy for economic recovery and long-term resiliency. UGA Public Service… Full story

In 2015, Pulaski County’s hospital faced bankruptcy. Then UGA stepped in.

Without assistance from the University of Georgia, Taylor Regional Hospital in Hawkinsville might have closed six years ago. Instead, earlier this month, community leaders broke ground on a project to include emergency room expansion, a new lobby and state of… Full story

Healthcare, infrastructure and education are among the topics UGA academic experts will explore alongside outreach faculty in rural Georgia

Eight individual or teams of UGA academic faculty members were awarded seed grants to conduct research in rural communities alongside faculty from Public Service and Outreach and Cooperative Extension. The faculty members were among 20 that attended the inaugural Rural… Full story

With the help of UGA students, rural southwest Georgia community embraces transit to protect local economy

When most people think of public transportation they envision populous, metropolitan areas. Not Moultrie, Georgia. But when local residents started missing doctor’s appointments, were routinely late for work and many had to depend on other people to get where they… Full story

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 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

New leaders tapped for UGA’s Institute of Government and Archway Partnership

New directors will take the reins of UGA Public Service and Outreach programs in January, following the retirements of two longtime public service professionals. Rob Gordon, current director of the UGA Archway Partnership, will become director of the Carl Vinson… Full story