A community re-branding project led by the City of Blairsville, Union County, Blairsville-Union County Chamber of Commerce, and the Union County Development Authority and guided by UGA’s Carl Vinson Institute of Government determined a focus to not only highlight their existing assets, but also to draw entrepreneurs, small business, and young families to Union County. Because of their strong county partnerships and collaborations, Blairsville-Union County received the Four for the Future award by Georgia Trend Magazine and the Georgia Public Service and Outreach program.
“The public-private partnerships recognized this year exemplify the land- and sea-grant mission of the University of Georgia,” says Jennifer Frum, UGA vice president for public service and outreach. “These four communities have tapped into the vast resources of the university to address critical challenges and position themselves to attract industry and jobs that will lead to a more prosperous future for the state of Georgia.”
Last Monday, Union County Sole Commissioner Lamar Paris, Blairsville Mayor Jim Conley and Blairsville-Union County Chamber of Commerce Tourism Director Tobie Chandler accepted the award for the entire re-branding team. Read the entire Georgia Trend article