What is the Archway Partnership?

The Archway Partnership is a unit of Public Service and Outreach at the University of Georgia. The Archway Partnership’s mission is to connect Georgia communities with higher education resources to address critical locally identified community and economic development needs. In fulfilling our mission we also assist University of Georgia faculty obtain important research opportunities and provide real-world learning experiences for students.

Why was the Archway Partnership formed?

The Archway Partnership was created to enhance the University of Georgia’s land-grant mission of teaching, research, and service while addressing self-identified community issues in geographically dispersed locations across the State of Georgia.

How does the Archway Partnership work?

Founded on the principles of collaboration and knowledge-based decision-making, the Archway Partnership empowers communities to address long-standing and critical self-identified community and economic development needs. Our Archway Partnership communities have addressed issues related to economic development, education, workforce development, leadership, health and welfare, overall quality of life, and more.

In each of our active communities, an Archway Professional works closely with an Executive Committee of local leaders to set priorities around complex locally identified needs and issues. As priorities are identified, the Archway Partnership connects the communities with appropriate University of Georgia and other higher education resources. While each community is different, the Archway Partnership Executive Committees typically include representatives from the local city and county governments, development authorities, chambers of commerce, local school system, healthcare providers, utilities, business and industry, media, community organizations, and non-profits, among others.

The key to the success of the Archway Partnership is the direct link that it provides for faculty and students to be active in addressing serious issues in communities across the state. Collaborative projects have utilized resources from each of the eight diverse University of Georgia Public Service and Outreach units, including the Carl Vinson Institute of Government, J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development, and Small Business Development Center, and faculty and students from all 17 University of Georgia Colleges and Schools. Archway Partnership has also connected communities with 14 of the 31 University System of Georgia institutions, 11 of the 24 technical colleges, and four private universities. Since 2005, over 900 students, nearly 200 faculty members, and hundreds of community leaders have participated in projects in Archway Partnership communities.

How many communities does the Archway Partnership serve?

The Archway Partnership is currently active in eight communities across the State of Georgia – Candler, Grady, Habersham, Hart, Pulaski, Spalding, Sumter, and Washington. We have four alumni communities – Clayton, Colquitt, Glynn, and Whitfield.

Why is it called the Archway Partnership?

Located at the northern edge of the University of Georgia’s North Campus, the Arch is a cast-iron representation of the Seal of the State of Georgia and contains three pillars representing the state motto of Georgia – Wisdom, Justice, and Moderation. The Arch is considered to be the gateway between the University of Georgia and the city of Athens and beyond.

The Arch is also the readily recognized symbol of the University’s of Georgia’s three-part mission of teaching, research, and public service excellence. Just as the Arch represents the connection between the university and the world, the Archway Partnership represents the connection between University of Georgia resources and the needs of Georgia communities and the embodiment of our three-part mission of teaching, research, and service.

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