GC has $235 million impact on local economy

Talking points:

  • Georgia College increased its impact on the regional economy to more than $235 million for fiscal year 2015, according to a study commissioned by the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia. The economic impact of the university extended to Baldwin, Hancock, Putnam, Wilkinson, Jones and Washington counties.
  • Quote: “There are several ways that the university impacts the economy,” said Johnny Grant, director of economic development and external relations at Georgia College. “The more than 800 jobs on campus and the payroll associated with them is extremely important. In addition, it is estimated that almost 2,000 jobs are created off campus by the products and services Georgia College’s employees and students purchase each year.”
  • Economic impact is measured by the initial spending of the institution for operations and personnel as well as student spending. The total economic impact includes the effect of initial spending and the secondary or indirect and induced spending that occurs when initial expenditures are re-spent.
  • The Selig Center for Economic Growth at the University of Georgia’s Terry College of Business analyzed data collected between July 1, 2014 and June 30, 2015 to determine economic impact.

Students create signage for Andalusia Farm

Talking points:

  • The Georgia College Department of Theatre and Dance reached out to the community this recently to help local Andalusia Farm, the final home of Flannery O’Connor, update its look at its 441 entrance.
  • The new signs were designed, built, painted and installed by a collection of Georgia College faculty, staff and students with the help of Andalusia staff and community members.

Lockerly Arboretum Volunteer Appreciation

GC students from the Grassmann Ceramic studio team “CeramiCart – Art in Action” recently brewed teas and coffee for all at Lockerly Arboretum and offered a moment to muse amongst the cultivated shrubs, herbs, flowers and trees. Shared experience and community partnership were at the heart of their efforts. It’s great to see students fully engaged in an academic project and see how they will make every effort to extend themselves physically and conceptually. Knowing that they are doing something unique or special for others provides an impetus to practice kindness. Providing free beverages isn’t that interesting, but providing experiences with carefully considered elements is altogether something else: it is crafting experience through art and that’s pretty special.

Participants included students: Tamara Green, Bethany Hull, Abigail LeRoy, Grady Boyle, Nikita Harajani, Emily Eubanks, Savannah Cottle, Daniel Woffington and Tyler Reynolds.