We Know Georgia. The University of Georgia's Public Service and Outreach programs improve people's lives by helping create jobs and prosperity, developing leaders and addressing the state's most critical isues.


As the state’s flagship land-grant and sea-grant institution, UGA’s impact can be felt in all 159 counties in Georgia. UGA is driving economic development, creating innovative technology, preparing leaders, empowering and training students, creating sustainability, and helping entrepreneurs and small businesses thrive. 

The “We Know Georgia” campaign showcases how UGA is using its expertise and resources to spur economic prosperity across the state and uphold its commitment to Georgia. We’ll share stories of resiliency, entrepreneurship, sustainability and economic prosperity to show how UGA works with communities to make life better for Georgians.



We Know Georgia: Homerville mural

UGA supports $2M increase in downtown’s value

Twenty years ago, Homerville lost an entire row of historic buildings to the widening of U.S. 441. In the ensuing years, businesses closed, buildings were abandoned, and heartbroken residents wondered what the future would hold for their small but close-knit community in southeastern Georgia.


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UGA partnership with Department of Defense gets $5 million boost

The University of Georgia has received $5 million in federal funding for its work with the state’s defense installations and nearby communities. The funding will benefit the Defense Community Resilience Program (DCRP).

PROPEL Rural Scholars

UGA PROPEL Rural Scholars program provides experiential learning for UGA students

UGA undergraduate students have the opportunity to engage in work through PROPEL through the two-semester PROPEL Rural Scholars program, an experiential learning opportunity that equips future leaders with knowledge and experience that will empower them to take roles in economic development, community development and civic leadership.

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Rural communities mark progress through PROPEL

The University of Georgia Carl Vinson Institute of Government celebrated the successes of communities participating in its PROPEL (Planning Rural Opportunities for Prosperity and Economic Leadership) program at a recent workshop in Athens.

Members from Appling and Pulaski counties and the Lower Chattahoochee Council of Governments (Clay, Quitman, Randolph, and Stewart counties) gathered at the UGA Special Collections Libraries to share updates.

Garrison Taylor, Grad Student of the Year, stands with Director Rob Gordon and her nominator, Clark Stancil

UGA student leaves lasting impact on communities

When Garrison Taylor graduated with a master’s degree in landscape architecture from the University of Georgia, she left with an amazing portfolio and the knowledge that her vision has made a positive economic impact on communities across Georgia. As a graduate assistant with the UGA Carl Vinson Institute of Government, Taylor helped create designs for projects that have received more than $3 million in grants to improve small towns and rural communities. In April, she was named the inaugural UGA Graduate Student Employee of the Year, an award determined by a 10-member committee of faculty, staff and students from across campus.

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UGA PROPEL program expands to three new rural Georgia counties

The University of Georgia Carl Vinson Institute of Government has expanded its award-winning rural development program to three additional Georgia counties. Crisp, Emanuel, and Marion counties are the newest PROPEL communities.