University of Georgia
A founding partner of the EDF, the University of Georgia is one of Athens-Clarke County’s greatest resources. Not only does the University provide thousands of students an education every year, but it also benefits several businesses and industries.
UGA offers both community-based and technology-based economic development resources with the ultimate goal of creating vibrant and thriving communities to make Georgia a better place to live. The Office of Economic Development aligns the intellectual and physical resources of UGA with Georgia's economic development needs. The office also offers assistance to communities to better prepare them to attract the job force of today while planning for the opportunities of tomorrow.
The Office of the Vice President for Research has partnerships and collaborations in place within the university and with other universities, private businesses and government entities to share knowledge, increase innovation, and deliver the products of its research to the marketplace.
The University of Georgia's Small Business Development Center also works with new and existing companies, small businesses, and entrepreneurs to provide business assistance, advice, and incubation services. These services are tailored to technology-based entrepreneurship, new venture formation, and assistance with specific business issues.
A highly-educated workforce is the most powerful economic development resource. UGA alumni living in Georgia make a considerable economic footprint, with an estimated annual salary impact of more than $10 billion. As a comprehensive land-grant and sea-grant institution, the University offers baccalaureate, master's, doctoral, and professional degrees in a wide variety of subjects in order to prepare the next generation of business and community leaders for Athens-Clarke County and beyond.