2022 National Award for Community Engagement

Connected Resilient Communities

A new certification from UGA that recognizes resilient communities throughout the state

The Connected Resilient Communities designation, facilitated by the UGA Archway Partnership, will help communities tap into the resources and expertise at the University of Georgia to address local challenges and become more attractive to economic development.

Selected counties and municipalities will develop a resiliency plan by engaging community residents, analyzing local data, and completing three projects on a scorecard with 10 categories and more than 70 programs in which UGA faculty and students have expertise. Please review the FAQ page for more detailed information.

“Most of the people in Georgia have never been to Athens. They know about the University of Georgia because they see it in their communities.”

– Jere W. Morehead, President, University of Georgia

Communities will be recognized at the completion of each project. Upon completion of all three projects, the community will receive the CRC designation.

An Archway Partnership faculty member will help communities connect with other UGA faculty and students. Communities should expect to spend four to six months on each project, or 12 to 18 months to complete the CRC designation.


Success Stories


Washington County project helps to improve healthcare – Several UGA schools and colleges, including Public Health, Pharmacy and Education, and local partners Oconee Fall Line Technical College and Washington County Regional Medical Center joined together to share and collect information on improving awareness and treatment for chronic issues.

Hart County earns UGA’s Connected Resilient Community designation after completion of three projects, the Regional Agricultural Expo, branding project, and work on the revitalization of downtown Hartwell. The projects showcase Hart’s dedication to tackling their community-identified priorities.

Renaissance taking shape in Hawkinsville with help from UGA – Committed community members and support from UGA programs are helping to revitalize downtown Hawkinsville.

UGA Institute of Government strategic planning boosts workforce development in GeorgiaThe University of Georgia has helped guide workforce development and education planning in a number of Georgia communities, including Cherokee County.