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Rick Story hired as Habersham Archway Professional

Athens, Ga. – The University of Georgia announced this week that Rick Story would be the new Archway Professional in Habersham County effective Dec. 1. In his position, Story will serve as liaison between Habersham County and the university, according to UGA Archway Partnership Director Mel Garber.

Prior to joining Archway, Story served as director of operations for FrogueClark, LLC, a government relations consulting firm, and as director of executive appointments for Governor Nathan Deal. Story brings to his new position a combination of public administration, communications and business experience. Highlights from Story’s career include serving as special assistant to Reverend Billy Graham and district director for then-Congressman Nathan Deal. Story earned his bachelor’s degree in marketing from West Georgia University in Carrollton. He will be located at the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension office in Clarkesville.

The Archway Partnership, a public service and outreach unit of UGA, connects Georgia counties to a full range of university resources. It is a partnership between communities and UGA where university faculty and students help address local community needs. The community drives the process through an executive committee and steering committee of local citizens and community leaders. Partner counties have access to the knowledge, research, and other resources produced by the University.

Habersham County Government, the cities of Alto, Baldwin, Clarkesville, Cornelia, Demorest, Mt. Airy and Tallulah Falls, Habersham County Development Authority, Habersham Chamber of Commerce, Habersham Board of Education, Habersham Medical Center, Piedmont College, and Northeast Georgia Technical College have committed to partnering with UGA’s Office of the Vice President for Public Service and Outreach and Cooperative Extension to make Habersham County an Archway community.

The pilot Archway project began in 2005, and now includes eight communities across Georgia: Habersham, Washington, Clayton, Hart, Sumter, Pulaski, Whitfield and Grady Counties.

About the Archway Partnership
A Public Service and Outreach unit of the University of Georgia, the Archway Partnership is an initiative that connects communities in Georgia with university resources to address the state’s most critical community economic development needs.