Committed to Georgia
The University of Georgia’s main campus is in Athens, but programs such the Archway Partnership extend our reach and resources across the state.
The Archway Partnership applies the expertise and energy of our faculty, staff and students to community-identified needs. Since the program was founded in 2005, more than 900 students, nearly 200 faculty members, and hundreds of community leaders have participated in projects that address issues ranging from economic development to education, workforce development, and quality of life.
In the Archway Partnership community of Pulaski County, for example, the city of Hawkinsville has been working with the University’s Carl Vinson Institute of Government to develop a new strategic plan for economic development that builds upon the city’s successes in attracting and retaining companies. In Hart County, graduate students from the College of Environment and Design and the department of geography are helping the town of Bowersville plan for the creation of a 17-acre park. Terry College of Business students are evaluating the potential for a museum that highlights the role kaolin plays in the history and economy of Washington County, while Candler County is implementing an apprenticeship program at two high schools after a study conducted by the Archway Partnership showed unmet demand for skilled workers.
Two Archway Partnership communities—Spalding County and Hart County—are piloting a new program known as CyberArch that is working with small businesses, nonprofits and government to promote cybersecurity. A series of community listening sessions that were attended by more than 50 people identified the need for programming aimed at raising awareness of cyber threats. In response, the CyberArch team is developing programming that draws on the expertise of the University’s Georgia Informatics Institutes for Research and Education and the University’s Institute for Cybersecurity and Privacy. The Georgia Center for Continuing Education will assist with curriculum development and also will develop marketing strategies that target two of the most vulnerable populations, youth and seniors. The University’s Small Business Development Center has delivered its CyberStrengths program in both Archway Partnership communities, and additional trainings are scheduled in partnership with their respective chambers of commerce.
The University of Georgia’s service mission continues to evolve to meet the changing needs of our state, but service will always be an integral part of our mission. We are Georgia’s flagship land-grant institution, and we are deeply committed to our state.