2022 National Award for Community Engagement

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Washington County awarded UGA Connected Resilient Community designation

Washington County has earned UGA’s Connected Resilient Community designation after working alongside University of Georgia partners to complete multiple projects designed to make them more attractive to economic development. Washington County was awarded the CRC designation during the 32nd Annual… Full story

Two more rural Georgia counties complete projects to qualify as UGA Connected Resilient Communities

Leaders in Washington County installed electric vehicle charging stations to lure travelers into the rural downtown to eat and shop while their cars recharged. About 100 miles north, Hart County rebranded its education foundation and developed a marketing plan to… Full story

Healthcare project earns Washington County a CRC silver medal

An interdisciplinary project in Washington County designed to help residents improve their health and wellness earned the community a silver medal, the first step toward a full UGA Connected Resilient Community designation. Several UGA schools and colleges, including Public Health,… Full story

Rural Georgians often lack care for dementia. UGA aims to change that.

The Archway Partnership is collaborating with two of UGA’s academic colleges to help residents in rural Georgia communities better understand Alzheimers disease and other forms of dementia. Faculty from the College of Public Health’s Institute of Gerontology and from Extension,… Full story

Three Archway communities selected for rural grant program

UGA gets federal grant to help communities advance economic development A grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture will allow UGA Public Service and Outreach units to equip rural Georgia communities with the tools, resources and knowledge to chart a… Full story

College of Engineering Students Showcase Archway Partnership Projects

UGA College of Engineering students completed capstone design projects in five Archway Partnership counties, putting their academic education into action and providing a valuable service to rural Georgia communities. The students worked alongside industry and community partners in Grady, Hart,… Full story

Annual tour introduces new UGA faculty to the state’s diverse economy

About 40 new University of Georgia faculty members on Monday kicked off a five-day tour of the state that will showcase agriculture and agritourism, industry, innovation, the Georgia coast and its rural communities. From Aug. 6-10, the tour will visit… Full story

Archway Partnership and Terry College of Business partner to serve communities, provide opportunities to students

Michael Veal adjusts his hard hat. It’s not every Saturday the Terry College of Business student ventures into a kaolin mine, one of the giant valleys throughout Washington County. More than a field trip, this is an opportunity for Veal, along with nine… Full story

UGA Extension, Mercer University partner to recruit future doctors for rural Georgia

This is part of a series of stories about UGA and economic development in rural Georgia. Jean Sumner is a third-generation rural doctor. As a child, she watched her grandfather and father care for the residents of Washington County, Ga. She followed… Full story

UGA Students Assist in Creating “Highway 15 Coalition”

What began as a casual conversation in Washington County amongst local partners discussing economic development, tourism, and regional transportation developed into a multi-county collaboration of communities along Georgia Highway 15 to form the “Highway 15 Coalition.” The goal of the… Full story