Education has been identified as a top priority for Hart County Archway Partnership’s efforts because it is a cornerstone for economic development. Archway has partnered with Hart County Schools to support implementation of Bring Your Own Technology, championing for the Hart County College & Career Academy, school gardening, and exposing students to higher education opportunities.
Community Leadership Development
The Chamber of Commerce and the Hart County Archway Partnership have worked together, with the support of a number of community partners and the UGA J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development, to develop Leadership Hart and Leadership Hart Youth. 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.
Hart County Archway Partnership tourism-related efforts are in partnership with the Hart County Chamber of Commerce and Hartwell Downtown Development Authority to promote the variety of attractions, assets, and events within Hart County and on Lake Hartwell. Historical tourism efforts have included a downtown Hartwell walking tour, development of the Hart County Quilt Trail, a Hart County driving tour, and supporting efforts to redevelop historical downtown assets.
Planning and Visioning
This community priority encompasses a number of projects related to long-term and strategic planning for Hart County. These include developing the first ever long-term plan for the Hart County Fire Department, facilitating a county-wide recreation strategic planning process, and assisting the Hart County Industrial Building Authority with visioning for Gateway Industrial Park and connecting business and industry with higher education resources. The Hart County Archway Partnership has facilitated efforts to develop designs and secure funding for multipurpose trails and for Where We Play, an accessible playground that will soon begin construction.