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Burke County Archway Partnership announces priorities, work plan

After two community town halls, more than 100 community surveys and several focus groups, the Burke County UGA Archway Partnership executive committee is announcing its community priorities are housing, workforce development, and intergovernmental collaboration and communication. These priorities were not… Full story

UGA names Thomson-McDuffie County the state’s first Connected Resilient Community

Thomson-McDuffie County, Ga., is the inaugural recipient of UGA’s Connected Resilient Community (CRC) designation, which recognizes Georgia communities that partner with university experts to increase economic development potential. McDuffie County has been a UGA Archway Partnership community since 2017 and,… Full story

New UGA program to increase community resilience across Georgia

A new University of Georgia initiative will partner UGA faculty and students with communities throughout the state to develop customized plans that will better position the communities to successfully address future challenges. The overarching goal of the program, called Connected… 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

Colquitt County: Where Life Grows

Drawing from Colquitt County’s roots in agriculture and quality of life, residents there chose “Where Life Grows” as their community’s slogan after a branding process facilitated by the UGA Archway Partnership and Carl Vinson Institute of Government. Hundreds of county… Full story

Taylor Regional Hospital rebounds and expands with UGA partnership

Without assistance from the University of Georgia, Taylor Regional Hospital in Hawkinsville might have closed six years ago. Instead, earlier this month, community leaders broke ground on a project to include emergency room expansion, a new lobby and state of… Full story

Burke County becomes Archway Partnership’s newest community

Burke County is the University of Georgia’s newest Archway Partnership community, making it the 14th county across Georgia to participate in the unique community development initiative. “Our entire Archway team is excited to begin work with Burke County. We look… Full story

Winners announced for Colquitt County “Baby Book”

The Youth Development and Education committee, formed by the University of Georgia Colquitt County Archway Partnership, is announcing the winners of the Colquitt County ABC picture/baby book photo contest. Congratulations to the winners – Lea Barrow, Justin Cox, Tommie Beth… Full story

Archway launches new group to look at broadband internet

The covid-19 pandemic brought to light the need to expand high-speed internet into our rural community for education, health care, business and working from home. To address this priority, the Grady County Archway Partnership has just launched a new Broadband… Full story