For Habersham County, progress can be measured as we tally accomplishment of tasks. We can also measure progress through spirit of cooperation and positive reenforcement of the value of working together.
At the core of accomplishment in recent years is, first Habersham County Partnership for Growth, now its successor Habersham Archway Partnership.
Our government and business leaders gingerly stepped onto the path of mutual progress with Partnership for Growth. With Archway Partnership the first solid, tangible accomplishments are now evident. The town of Tallulah Falls can start putting itself on the map again, courtesy of a marketing plan produced by University of Georgia Archway Partnership graduate students in the Terry College of Business.
Similarly, the Habersham Airport Industrial Park is solid steps closer to real development, now that UGA School of Environment and Design graduate students, again another valuable resource arranged for courtesy of Archway Partnership, have produced a conceptual development master plan.
Habersham Archway is currently engaged in several countywide projects, for example, recently agreeing to examine feasibility of a cross-county Rails to Trails, as well as “city-centric” projects, for example, a downtown parking analysis for the city of Clarkesville and a trail study for the city of Demorest.
It’s paying for itself,” said Commission Chair Chad Henderson, after Archway presentation of the business park development plan.
What is also paying off is the cross-county cooperation knitting our community together.
July marks contract renewal time for Habersham Archway Partnership. After its fledgling year we can expect momentum to build and more accomplishments to be checked off the list.
Fulfilling our Habersham Archway Partnership mission requires the executive committee to raise its sights to broaden the work plan peppered with community-based projects.
In coming years the net must be cast widely across the county.
The Healthcare, Workforce Development and Economic Development subgroups must be energized and results-focused for the benefit of all Habersham County businesses and residents.