It was great to see many community members back in Athens for this year’s Archway Summit held at the Georgia Center for Continuing Education and Hotel on UGA’s campus. Community members from each of our Archway communities came together for networking, sharing successful community projects and to hear from some of our fellow Public Service and Outreach units about the work they are doing.

“The folks on our executive committee were glad to be back to a “live” summit. The quality of the content was excellent, and it was inspiring to see the projects from other Archway communities,” said Don Powers, chairman of the Thomson-McDuffie Archway executive committee.

The summit focused on the issues facing communities across the state and the sharing of best practices to address workforce development, rural healthcare issues and environmental challenges. We welcomed partners from the Carl Vinson Institute of Government, College of Environment and Design, College of Pharmacy, College of Public Health, Cooperative Extension and the State Botanical Garden of Georgia to share their innovative partnerships in Archway communities.

“The Archway summit was a great opportunity to learn more about ways to partner with UGA students and schools of study. I found it inspiring and created several sparks of thought about ideas that we could use in my community,” said Carmen Caldwell, Griffin+Spalding executive committee member. “There’s really great work going on in big and small ways, and much of it started with a spark of possibility in conversation followed by deliberate connection. I really enjoyed all of the sessions, but the botanical garden sticks out most. I think because it was something we haven’t explored before.”

We are so grateful we were able to put the event on this year and have so many community members join us again in Athens. Archway is led by our great faculty, but our work would not be possible without dedicated community volunteers and leaders. Every year, hundreds of residents join us in our mission to expand the work of the University of Georgia directly into our communities, and we are so thankful for their assistance.