Archway marks 10th anniversary

May 28, 2015

The Moultrie Observer, May 27, 2015

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Speakers at the recent Archway Partnership Leadership Summit included, from left, Rob Gordon, director of The Archway Partnership at The University of Georgia; Dean Phillip Williams, dean & Georgia Power Professor at The University of Georgia College of Public Health; Dr. Marsha Davis, associate dean for Outreach and Engagement at The University of Georgia College of Public Health; Dr. Mel Garber, the first director of The Archway Partnership at The University of Georgia; and Emily Watson, marketing director for Colquitt Regional Medical Center.

MOULTRIE — During the Archway Leadership Summit on May 4, Colquitt County recently recognized the 10-year anniversary of the Archway Partnership with The University of Georgia. Colquitt County was the program’s pilot community in 2005.

The goal of the partnership is to allow The University of Georgia to enhance its land grant mission of teaching, research and service while addressing self-identified community priorities in selected locations across the state. The success of the relationship here has progressed the program and there are currently eight active Archway communities in the state, according to a press release from the Colquitt County Archway Partnership.
The Leadership Summit is an event where the Colquitt Regional Medical Center Authority, Board of Education, Colquitt County Commissioners, City of Moultrie, Development Authority, and the mayors and councilmen and -women of Berlin, Doerun, Ellenton, Funston, and Norman Park come together. Meeting in this way allows these groups to speak and collaborate on issues and opportunities that affect the entire county.
Upon graduating from the Archway Partnership in 2011, Colquitt County wanted to continue the relationship to The University of Georgia and maintain the connection to Athens and access to the colleges within the University. A new relationship was formed between Colquitt County and the UGA College of Public Health. As a result of this partnership, several grants have been placed in Colquitt County through The College of Public Health and the Extension Office.
The Leadership Summit focused on “Building on our Accomplishments — Celebrating and strengthening our community as we observe ten years of The Archway Partnership.” The speakers discussed various opportunities for Colquitt County such as leadership, workforce development, community engagement and public health; regardless of the topic being presented the underlying theme of the evening was collaboration. “The ability of various sectors within a community to come together in order to make an impact is key to the improvement of our county,” the Archway Partnership said in a press release about the event.

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