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FEATURE UGA’s Archway Partnership: Empowerment for Georgia’s Communities By Laura A. Hernandez >> Archway communities tend to be better connected, more ambitious and increasingly empowered, with stakeholders from every part of the community joining a team working to enhance the quality of life in their area. 14 Just as the Athens Arch at the University of Georgia (UGA) ushers students into a world of new knowledge and possibility, the Archway Partnership provides a similar portal for the empowerment of counties throughout the State of Georgia. In the short eight years since its inception, the Archway program has facilitated problem-solving and community collaboration across diverse regions and in a variety of functional areas, while creating a real win-win for counties and higher education. As a land-grant institution tasked by the 1862 Morrill Act to make practical contributions to the people of Georgia in exchange for federal land, UGA actively seeks to use its resources for the benefit of the entire state. In January 2005, leaders from the UGA Office of the Vice President for Public Service and Outreach and UGA Cooperative Extension, two organizations focused on the outreach mission for the University, brainstormed on the topic of how to best meet this mandate. “We wanted a mechanism that was grounded in particular communities, wherein the university could help define and respond to that community’s critical challenges and priorities,” said Dr. Mel Garber, Director of the Archway Partnership. The goal for the effort would be twofold: contribute to community economic development and enhance undergraduate and graduate education. Out of this discussion, the Archway Partnership, a unit of UGA Public Service and Outreach, was born. The first Archway Partnership program was piloted in 2005 in Colquitt County. Since then, the program has grown to advance strategic collaborative projects in a total of 11 diverse Georgia counties, or “portal” communities. It continues to expand its mission, succeeding through clarity of purpose and genuine concern for each community with which it partners. Archway communities come to be better connected, more ambitious and increasingly empowered, with stakeholders from every part of the community joining a team working to enhance the quality of life in their area. Commissioner T.D. David, of Archway portal Grady GEORGIA COUNTY GOVERNMENT Learn More Interested in considering an Archway partnership for your county? Start the conversation by visiting or calling Archway’s office at 706-542-1098. County, said, “In our community, people are participating, and better yet, they’re anticipating. You can see the success of our Archway partnership in the mindset of the people, in the potential we now see in ourselves that we never saw before.” The quilt trail can be seen as Hart County’s public arts project. Archway teamed up with a group of citizens to help start the prospective tourism booster. Photo courtesy Lauren Peeples of the Hartwell Sun.

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Georgia County Government - Fall 2013

President’s Message
Director’s Desk
UGA’s Archway Partnership: Empowerment for Georgia’s Communities
Oglethorpe County: Focusing on the Benefi ts of Protecting Rural Roots
Eliminating Risks: LGRMS Celebrates 25 Years
Where Do We Stand? One Year after Georgia’s Criminal Justice Reform
Understanding the Impacts of Juvenile Justice Reform
New Jail Facilities: Counties Focus on New Technology and Capacity to Expand
2013 Legislative Service Award Recipients
Hospital Survival: Informed County Commissioners Can Preserve Local Health Care
Federal New: More Gridlock and Uncertainty May Be Expected in Washington for FY 2014
Slice by Slice: Students Learn About the Signifi cance of Agriculture on Pizza Farms
Talking Trees with Georgia’s County Commissioners
Partner News: Value at the Heart of the Unique Gas South-ACCG Partnership
Commercial Swimming Pool Renovations Do’s and Don’ts
Counties & The Law: The Supreme Court, the Voting Rights Act and Georgia Counties
Legal News: Bidding in Georgia: What to Do When the Lowest
Conference Preview: Legislative Leadership
News & Notes
Index of Advertisers

Georgia County Government - Fall 2013