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Vinson Institute training helped prepare Harris County leaders for March tornado

There was no storm on the horizon the day that Harris County Commissioner Harry Lange took a disaster preparedness class with the Carl Vinson Institute of Government. But five months later, when a tornado churned through his west Georgia community,… Full story

Worth County home health and medical transport company owner gets financing and realizes growth with SBDC assistance

  Sylvester entrepreneur Gwendolyn McDaniel would often call Karen Rackley for information or contacts to support her new businesses in home health care and non-emergency medical transportation (NEMT) services. Rackley, the top executive for the Sylvester-Worth County Chamber of Commerce… Full story

UGA works with Envision Athens on planning

Wesley Chenoweth felt alone when he was starting his business. “As a startup, minority-owned business in Athens, I felt lost,” he said. “I didn’t know where to start or if I’d ever be able to grow my business like the… Full story

UGA Leadership Program Helps Boost Women into Top Roles in Rural Georgia Community

  One of the first priorities of the Pulaski County Archway Partnership was to identify new and emerging leaders in the community. Today, just nine years after the Pulaski Tomorrow Leadership Program began, women are holding top leadership positions in… Full story

Certificate in Native Plants Takes Root in Tifton

  South Georgia residents can now earn a Certificate in Native Plants from UGA’s State Botanical Garden of Georgia without making a four-hour drive to Athens. Beginning this year, classes in the Certificate in Native Plants, established at UGA in… Full story

UGA and Georgia Power partner on guide to enhance workforce development efforts

  A new guide from the University of Georgia’s Carl Vinson Institute of Government will help schools and businesses throughout Georgia connect to provide on-the-job learning experiences for students. The free booklet, “Creating and Replicating High-Quality Experiential Learning Opportunities,” helps… Full story

Gov.-elect Kemp addresses lawmakers at 2018 Biennial Institute

  Gov.-elect Brian Kemp emphasized continuity and hard work to maintain Georgia’s prosperity in his luncheon address Tuesday to conclude the 31st Biennial Institute for Georgia Legislators. Members of the Georgia General Assembly convened at the University of Georgia Dec…. Full story

Certification Leads to Larger Orders, Greater Growth for Macon Fabrication Shop

When Stan Greene was ready to retire from his business, Greene Machine and Manufacturing in Macon, he asked Larry Collins, with whom he had worked for about 20 years, if he would be interested in purchasing the business.  Before making… Full story

Institute of Government helping rural Georgia address healthcare needs

The Carl Vinson Institute of Government has launched two regional partnerships in south Georgia to address the growing need for healthcare workers in rural communities. WorkSource Southern Georgia, which includes 18 counties, and WorkSource Southwest Georgia, with 14 counties, bring… Full story

UGA studies potential partnerships with industry to engage more students in STEM fields

  Some of Avalon Kandrac’s most enlightening moments as an undergraduate in the College of Engineering are outside the classroom. Meeting professional engineers and working as an intern helps her better understand the academic lessons, which can be a challenge,… Full story

Summer service project benefits rural Georgia communities and UGA students

UGA students are getting hands-on experience and helping preserve history in rural Georgia through a service-learning program in the College of Environment and Design. Called Findit, the program sends graduate students studying historic preservation, environment, planning and design, and landscape… Full story

Governor honors UGA’s Certified Public Manager graduates

Leaders strengthen supervisory skills in courses presented by Carl Vinson Institute of Government Gov. Nathan Deal knows that effective government stewardship helps Georgia remain America’s top state for doing business. Deal emphasized his commitment to good governance in his address… Full story

Hands-on course prepares UGA Extension agents to share health benefits of Georgia seafood

Barbara Worley grew up on the coast of North Carolina and considers herself an oyster connoisseur. La Keshia Levi, on the other hand, shudders at the thought of eating an oyster. But after attending a two-day Ocean to Table workshop,… Full story

UGA uncorks north Georgia’s ripening wine industry

Georgia’s wine industry is growing, bolstering the North Georgia economy by increasing the number of tourists to the area as well as attracting side businesses attracted by the wineries, University of Georgia faculty told members of the Georgia House Rural… Full story

UGA works to tackle Georgia’s opioid abuse crisis

Statewide efforts to thwart the opioid epidemic that is ravaging Georgia communities got a boost recently at three conferences that brought together public and private sector leaders to learn more about the problem and how to address it. The conferences, coordinated… Full story

Brazil Ministry of Finance approves training program with Institute of Government

The Carl Vinson Institute of Government is delivering a training program for the Brazil Ministry of Finance. This is the first time the Institute has provided professional development training for a South American government agency. The ministry’s School of Public… Full story

Institute of Government and Archway Partnership prepare new guide for Habersham-area business permits

The Carl Vinson Institute of Government, in collaboration with the Archway Partnership of Habersham County, prepared an interactive online guide to help new and existing businesses obtain the proper licenses and permits. The “Entrepreneur’s Permitting Guide to Local Governments in… Full story

Workshops give UGA students edge in job market

Students in UGA’s top ranked MPA program are now getting lessons in an area that employers say they need: soft skills. Full story