Archway Partnership facilitates Griffin-Spalding Intergovernmental Mini Retreat

September 19, 2016

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Elected and appointed officials from across Griffin+Spalding County gathered Aug. 29, in Griffin, Ga. to foster cooperation and understanding on shared topics of vital concern to the growth and development of the community.  The Intergovernmental Mini Retreat was hosted this year by Spalding County and facilitated by the Griffin-Spalding Archway Partnership.

Community stakeholders reported on assigned goals from the February 2016 intergovernmental retreat, in which participants toured downtown Carrollton and, viewed the community’s aquatic center, amphitheater, cultural arts center, and hotel/conference center.

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“The mini-retreat was a great way to keep the lines of communication open between our government and community groups.  It also provided an opportunity to measure our progress and refine our work plan,” said Chuck Copeland, co-chair of the Griffin-Spalding Archway Partnership Executive Committee.

Griffin-Spalding Archway Partnership presented an update to the group regarding the Partnership’s work plan priorities: Community Health and Wellness, Education for a Quality Workforce, Community Development to Enhance the Quality of Life, Community Image and Communication, and Intergovernmental Collaboration.  Attendees voiced opinions on the five priority areas and discussed what had been accomplished the last 12 months.

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Archway Partnership, a unit of public service and outreach at the University of Georgia (UGA), connects Georgia communities to the full range of higher education resources available at UGA to address critical community-identified needs.

Griffin-Spalding is the twelfth community in the state to become an Archway community.  Other Archway Partnership communities include Candler, Grady, Habersham, Hart, Sumter, Pulaski and Washington counties. The community drives the Archway Partnership process through an Executive Committee of community leaders and local organizations.  The funding partners for the Griffin-Spalding Archway Partnership include the City of Griffin, Spalding County, the Griffin-Spalding County School System, and UGA’s Office of Vice President for Public Service and Outreach.

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