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Economic Development & Community Engagement

The University of North Georgia (UNG) engages its communities and service areas, tackling societal challenges, creating great places to work and live, and advancing economic growth and prosperity.  UNG partners with community organizations, state and local governments, entrepreneurs, small businesses, major corporations, and economic development organizations.  Collaborative efforts focus on creating a shared vision for healthier and more engaged citizens, thriving economies, and other outcomes that lead to a better tomorrow.

Each year, the University System of Georgia publishes data on the economic impact its institutions have around the state of Georgia. The most current data shows that the University of North Georgia has an economic impact of $545 million and a regional employment impact of 5,590 jobs. Review the full report.

Dr. Edward L. Mienie, the first associate vice president for economic development and community engagement at the University of North Georgia (UNG), is working to strengthen the university’s relationships across the region and establish new partnerships.

“My vision is to promote the economic development of the region through engaging the communities the university serves. Through strategic partnerships and collaboration, I hope to coordinate our regional economic development agenda in a way that defines and implements initiatives, such as the Regional Education and Economic Development (REED) Initiative, consistent with regional needs and UNG’s strengths. Further, UNG has a critical role to play in enhancing our communities’ educational attainment and workforce readiness.”

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