Archway Summit

2019 Archway Summit

The Archway Partnership held its 2019 summit at the UGA Center for Continuing Education & Hotel in March. Representatives from Archway communities came together to share stories, collaborate and hear from experts at the University of Georgia.

Attendees attended workshops from the Carl Vinson Institute of Government, the J.W. Fanning Institute of Leadership and the Terry College of Business, as well as roundtable discussions on intergovernmental relations, workforce development and health and wellness. They also heard updates on community and economic development, the impact of the census on government funding and the needs of rural students and their post-secondary opportunities.

Archway Director Rob Gordon speaks to attendees

“The summit was a great opportunity for members of our communities to come together and learn about the latest programs going on in the Archway Partnership. It also facilitates collaboration between our members and how other communities have overcome hurdles or discovered particular strategies,” said Archway director Rob Gordon.

Representatives from Georgia Power were on hand during the opening luncheon to present a check for $25,000 to assist the Thomson-McDuffie Archway Partnership in the development of the Renaissance Strategic Visioning and Planning program. The RSVP program is run by the Vinson Institute to help revitalize downtowns across Georgia. RSVP has already done work in Bainbridge, Cairo and Gainesville, among others, and Thomson was excited at their acceptance into the program.

Representatives from Georgia Power joined officials from Thomson to present a check to fund participation in the RSVP program

The workshop from Vinson included information about the RSVP program, as well as community branding, design and place-making. Matt Bishop, director of Fanning, discussed community leadership programs and the impact they are having across Georgia.

These, and all the sessions during the summit, offered participants the opportunity to interact directly with faculty and other experts, asking questions during the meeting and presenting their successes.

Community members now travel back to their home counties, armed with fresh ideas and awareness of all that the Archway Partnership and the University of Georgia can offer.

For more pictures from this year’s summit, see here.