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New university faculty to take tour of 13 cities, 43 counties

About 40 new UGA faculty members will get a whirlwind tour of the state this week so that they can better understand the geography, demographics, diversity, economy, history and culture of Georgia.

On Aug. 10, following remarks from UGA President Jere W. Morehead at the Georgia Center, the group will travel to Gainesville for its first stop at Jaemor Farms to learn about agribusiness in north Georgia and the growing agritourism industry across the state.

The group will spend five days touring some of the key economic generators in Georgia, including Shaw Industries in Cartersville, the Robins Air Force Base in Warner Robins, the CSX Rice Yard in Waycross, Gulfstream Aerospace in Savannah and the Georgia Ports Authority in Garden City.

They also will tour the state Capitol and the Martin Luther King Jr. National Park Service Visitors Center in Atlanta, and the town of Senoia, which is home to Raleigh Studios, where The Walking Dead is filmed.

“Every year we do this we help expand the capacity for our faculty to reach out and engage with the state through their research and service,” said Jennifer Frum, vice president for public service and outreach. “They come back to campus and think of ways to put their expertise to use to help Georgia’s communities grow and prosper.”

The 2015 New Faculty Tour begins Aug. 10 and concludes Aug. 14.

For more information on the tour, see