Pierce serves as panelist at Archway Summit

March 17, 2017

The University of Georgia (UGA) Archway Partnership Summit, held February 22-23 in Athens, provided a setting for community members from across Archway Partnership communities to come together to discuss a range of topics including workforce development, community leadership, and community imaging and branding. Local Kim Pierce, Leadership Hart and Leadership Hart Youth Co-Chair, served as an expert panelist during the community leadership discussion.

Pierce offered a valuable perspective about Hart’s programs and she sees an even brighter future for leadership development in Hart County. “It’s our aspiration to design both the Leadership Hart and Leadership Hart Youth programs so that community members see the value in participating. We want to make Leadership Hart and Leadership Hart Youth household names in the community,” said Pierce.

PierceThe Hart Chamber of Commerce and the Hart Archway Partnership have worked together, with support from a number of community partners and the UGA J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development, to develop Leadership Hart and Leadership Hart Youth. Lead locally by Kim Pierce and Kristie Rucker, the goal of both programs is to foster economic development in Hart County by identifying and continually developing leaders who reflect community demographics and have the necessary skills to lead the community by serving in elected offices, boards of directors, authorities, and other volunteer and advisory roles.

The program intentionally crafts curriculum and class experiences in a manner that empowers graduates to seek community leadership roles upon graduation. Class sessions help participants build key leadership skills such as communicating effectively, navigating difficult conversations, making group decisions, collaborating across agencies, and leading communities through change.

“We are eager to meet the next Leadership Hart participants who will lead our community through changes in years to come,” Pierce adds. “Businesses, organizations, and current community leaders are encouraged to nominate individuals who they feel would benefit from this program.”

The Archway Partnership, a unit of Public Service and Outreach at UGA, connects Georgia communities to the full range of higher education resources available at the University to address critical community-identified needs. Since 2008, UGA students and faculty representing a range of schools, colleges and specialties, have worked on nearly 150 projects directly benefiting the community. The process is driven locally by an Executive Committee of stakeholders comprised of representatives from the City of Hartwell, Hart County Board of Commissioners, Hart County Board of Education, Hart County Chamber of Commerce, Hart County Industrial Building Authority, Hart Telephone Company, and Hart Electric Membership Corporation. The group works directly with the local Archway Professional, Anna Strickland, who provides direct access to the knowledge, research, and other resources available from the University of Georgia.

For more information about the Leadership Hart and Leadership Hart Youth Programs, please contact the Hart County Chamber of Commerce by calling (706) 376-8590 or by e-mailing hartchamber@hartcom.net. The 2017 Leadership Hart Class nominations can be e-mailed to Kim Pierce at kimberlyhpierce@gmail.com.

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