Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Archway Partnership?
The Archway Partnership connects counties facing significant issues related to economic development to the knowledge, expertise and other resources at the University of Georgia. The community determines the needs and Archway facilitates identification of faculty and students with expertise and similar interest.
Why was the Archway Partnership started?
Part of UGA’s mission as a land-grant institution is to serve the people of the state. UGA’s Office of the Vice President for Public Service and Outreach and Cooperative Extension are charged with full-filling that mission for the university as a whole.
In 2004, both units evaluated how they deliver services and how they could improve their capacity to address Georgia’s community and economic development needs. What emerged was the idea of establishing an Archway county that would give citizens better access to all UGA’s resources.
How does it work?
Community leaders and citizens meet with UGA representatives and other partners to identify problems and see where UGA can help. A UGA faculty member knowledgeable in community and economic development staffs the Archway county’s office, the host county provides office space and teleconferencing support, and the local communities contribute funding and organizational support to establish and operate the Archway Partnership.
Who does it serve?
The Archway serves individuals, community organizations, business and industry, public-private partnerships, and government entities.
The Archway Partnership is a collaborative partnership among:
- UGA’s Public Service & Outreach units, Cooperative Extension, schools, colleges, institutes, other entities; and
- Host communities, including local entities such as:
- Development authorities;
- Chambers of commerce;
- City and county governments;
- School systems;
- Healthcare providers; and
- Other community organizations.
The Archway also collaborates with state agencies and departments that play a key role in community and economic development activities, including:
- Georgia Department of Community Affairs;
- Georgia Department of Economic Development;
- Georgia Department of Labor;
- Georgia Department of Human Resources;
- Georgia Department of Technical & Adult Education; and
- Other state agencies and departments.
Will the Archway duplicate services offered by other state agencies or entities?
No. Archway Partnership activities are designed to involve and include key partners, not to compete with or duplicate services offered by state agencies or other entities. UGA collaborates with state agencies and entities to coordinate efforts and services.
Why is it called the Archway Partnership?
The Arch is a readily recognized symbol of UGA’s teaching, research, and public service excellence. In establishing a portal for connectivity between UGA resources and the needs of Georgia citizens, the Arch represents a strong visual symbol for effective, efficient, and ready access to UGA resources. Partnership recognizes that it is an equal partnership between higher education and the community.