Building and Revitalizing Communities

From the metropolitan corridors of Atlanta to the briny shores of the coast, and from the fields and forests of the agricultural south to the rugged mountains rising in the north – UGA supports Georgia’s communities and businesses, extends Georgia’s traditional and emerging industries, opens the way to new products and markets, and enhances productivity in all of the state’s regions.


Community Leadership Training

The J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development offers high quality leadership programming for leaders at all levels and of all ages. Fanning’s community leadership development programs are designed to strengthen community leadership capacity as local leaders work to address their own community issues.

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Beyond the Arch

Through the Archway Partnership, communities access academic and service resources from higher education to address critical local issues, such as job creation, infrastructure needs, and education.

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Downtown Revitalization

The Carl Vinson Institute of Government and the Downtown Development Authority, working in partnership with the Georgia Department of Community Affairs and the Georgia Municipal Association, offer technical assistance and resources to communities to develop sustainable and prosperous downtowns.

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Helping Coastal Communities

The Marine Extension Service and Georgia Sea Grant work with coastal governments to help communities develop and use land in an economically sustainable way, utilizing the latest technology and scientific information.

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Cooperative Extension Service

Specialists from the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and the College of Family and Consumer Sciences extend lifelong learning to the people of Georgia through unbiased, research-based education in agriculture, the environment, communities, youth, and families.

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Community Economic Impact

The Carl Vinson Institute of Government provides economic impact analyses to help communities determine the value of business attraction, retention, and expansion in their area and allow them to make more informed decisions about policies that promote business growth.

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Lifelong Learning

The Georgia Center for Continuing Education offers innovative lifelong learning opportunities through its continuing education programs. Ongoing classroom and online educational programs enable individuals and organizations to gain the new skills and knowledge needed for a highly competitive economy.