Developing leadership to prepare thriving, resilient communities.

Addressing challenges in South Georgia requires leaders who are ready to engage with each other to maximize the resources each community brings to the table.

Efforts include:

  • South Georgia LEADS and other community-based programs are working with the UGA Fanning Institute to develop hundreds of leaders ready to work within their communities and across county lines to build a stronger region.
  • The UGA Carl Vinson Institute of Government, through the PROPEL Rural Scholars program, is supporting economic development and helping students understand the challenges of rural communities.
  • UGA Archway Partnership supported efforts in Moultrie to help police respond effectively to situations involving mental health issues.

Impact on the South Region

A child picking blueberries from a blueberry bush.


The Rise of the Georgia Blueberry

From native wild bushes to a $350 million annual industry. How the University of Georgia helped the state become one of the top producers of blueberries.

Baxley Community


A Southern Revival, Rooted in Community

Baxley, like many small towns across America, saw fewer people working, shopping and living downtown as people and industries migrated to more urban areas. To bring that energy back, Appling County looked to fuel change from within, using its existing resources.

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