December 2014 - Public Service and Outreach Newsletter
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Lawmakers explore 2014 legislative agenda during 29th Biennial Institute 
Members of the Georgia General Assembly convened in Athens Dec. 7­–9 for the 29th Biennial Institute for Georgia Legislators, coordinated by UGA’s Carl Vinson Institute of Government to help lawmakers prepare for the next legislative cycle....more.
Blueberry packager looks to SBDC for assistance
Blueberries have become Georgia’s leading fruit crop. Their production, at 96 million pounds this year, outpaces peaches and has a $1 billion impact on the economy. But what to do with all those berries?...more.
Keeping seafood safe for consumers
More than 30 people employed in the seafood industry in Georgia, Florida, Maryland and Tennessee gathered at the UGA Marine Extension Service (MAREX) station in Brunswick in November for federally mandated training in safe seafood handling...more.
Institute of Government finance courses extend UGA's reach
A financial training curriculum developed by the Carl Vinson Institute of Government has grown into a high-demand course for Georgia’s state and local governments, as well as for public and private finance professionals across the United States and around the world...more.
Gift to Botanical Garden honors board members 
State Botanical Garden of Georgia board members Charlotte Merry and Margaret Robinson were surprised at the November Board of Advisors meeting when their children, who are married to one another, announced a $200,000 donation to the Children’s Garden in their mothers’ honor...more.
Third annual Turkeypalooza distributes meals to seniors in Athens
Campus Kitchen at UGA, in partnership with the Athens Community Council on Aging (ACCA), prepared 1,400 Thanksgiving meals this year as part of the third annual Turkeypalooza...more.
Fanning unveils new youth curriculum  
The Fanning Institute for Leadership Development’s new Youth Leadership in Action curriculum — consisting of eight-modules designed for high school students in an experiential learning format — is now ready to be implemented in communities...more.
Clarke County 10th graders experience the arts at UGA
What began as a vision for a Clarke Central High School social studies teacher became reality on Nov. 10 and 11 as hundreds of Clarke County 10th graders visited UGA to explore the arts...more
Institute facilitates Georgia's first city-to-city consolidation in decades
Faculty with the Carl Vinson Institute of Government are facilitating Georgia’s first city-to-city consolidation in decades, helping leaders in McRae and Helena navigate the uncharted waters of merging two municipal governments. The consolidation takes effect Jan. 1, when the new city of McRae-Helena debuts in central Georgia’s Telfair County...more

What's Happening 

Faculty find common ground, collaborate after meeting on tour
Relationships formed between faculty members during UGA’s New Faculty Tour are resulting in unique cross-disciplinary collaborations that benefit students. Connie Frigo, an assistant professor of saxophone in the Hugh Hodgson School of Music, and Laura Katz, a business consultant with the Small Business Development Center, met on the 2013 tour...more.
Institute team invited to present economic development paper in Shanghai
The Carl Vinson Institute of Government teamed with Savannah Mayor Edna Jackson to present a report on the importance of historic preservation and cultural diversity to economic development at the Shanghai Administration Institute’s International Conference....more.

Upcoming events:

Dec. 11, 2014
Economic Development Training

April 13, 2015
Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon
Taking UGA Beyond the Arch for a Better Georgia
Office of the Vice President for Public Service and Outreach
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