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Habersham Co. joins Archway Partnership

Habersham County is the newest community to partner with UGA and the University System of Georgia through the Archway Partnership to enhance local community economic development.

“Habersham County is well situated for community-wide discussions and change that will enhance growth and quality of life,” said Mel Garber, Archway Partnership director. “I commend community leaders for their vision and commitment to a unified effort and involvement of the entire community in this process.”

“Community leaders in Habersham have laid the foundation for addressing community economic development through the Partnership for Growth,” said Matt Bishop, Archway Partnership’s operations coordinator. “We are excited about building on that foundation to prioritize community challenges and opportunities that can be linked to higher education resources.”

Founded in 2005, the Archway Partnership is an initiative to strengthen UGA’s land-grant mission by taking a grassroots approach in meeting locally identified community economic development needs. The partnership has worked with eight communities. In July 2011, Colquitt County officially became the Archway Partnership’s first “alumni” community, and on July 1, Glynn County became the second. Habersham County is the 10th community to form an Archway Partnership.