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AMERICUS, Ga. (Jan. 5, 2017) – -- Georgia Southwestern State University (GSW) and Americus/Sumter County were recently highlighted in the Georgia Trend publication. In the feature titled “Made in Americus,” GSW and Americus are lauded for their efforts in educating an innovative workforce and growing an entrepreneurial economy.

Recognized as one of the top employers in Sumter County with Magnolia Manor, Phoebe Sumter, Container Marketing Inc., and Eaton Cooper Lighting, the article captures the economic impact of GSW and the community-minded spirit GSW and Americus encapsulate.

With a near-record enrollment for the 2016-17 academic year, and an $80.4-million economic impact on the region, GSW is focusing its efforts on enrollment and continuing economic development.

“We’re making sure we’re positioning this university to be an economic driver in our community,” said GSW interim president Charles Patterson, as noted in the article.

 “I want to make sure we’re at the table when [the Chamber] is recruiting companies and when looking at the workforce needs of the companies that are already here,” he added.

Also mentioned in the article is Georgia Southwestern’s effort to increase their presence in the community by appointing Jill Hohnecker as director of community and student engagement. She will be working to bridge the community and university together even more.

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Chuck Wells (pictured above), GSW professor and co-owner of Mobile Glass Blowing in Americus, is another example of connecting the university and community. With his experience in glass blowing, Wells and his business partner Phil Vinson developed the company to provide transportable studios to a variety of audiences. Wells’ students are also able to gain real world experience from this venture.

With new partnerships with the City of Americus, such as the free bicycle program and First Friday, Georgia Southwestern students have more opportunities to head downtown and make an impact on the community through shopping, dining and special events.  

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Georgia Trend, the only statewide business publication in the market, is published once a month with two extra issues (Business Georgia and Small Business Guide). It is delivered to more than 50,000 subscribers. Business, political and economic development leaders have relied on Georgia Trend for 30 years. Georgia Trend has won numerous national and regional awards for journalistic excellence, including the prestigious Green Eyeshade Award, as well as awards from the the Magazine Association of the Southeast (MAGS) and Alliance of Area Business Publications (AABP).




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