The Georgia Partnership also offers to work with communities to help them establish a plan to improve their schools. One community, after hearing the briefing, decided to form their own Economics of Education Committee that would focus on improving and supporting education. Led by the local Elbert County Chamber of Commerce and the Community Partnership of Elbert County, citizens representing business, education, government and civic organizations, met to develop an Action Plan to guide their work. Since that early work, the Georgia Partnership has worked with several communities - Troup, Forsyth, Bulloch, Henry Counties - to engage stakeholders and increase their awareness, advocacy, and support of school improvement efforts.
The department has identified three thematic areas to guide our scholarship. "Agricultural and food systems" focuses on the interconnections among producers, distributors, regulators and consumers in a variety of issues related to food choices, markets, pollution and health. “Environment and natural resources” addresses the human impact on fundamental natural assets, such as land, water and air, tackling the challenges that growing populations create for economic efficiency, social equity and environmental sustainability. “Human, community and regional development” focuses on community resilience through civic engagement, leadership and entrepreneurship to support sustainable communities and regional economies. These three themes utilize the respective strengths of each of the three core disciplines while providing an overall collaborative framework for research scholarship, teaching and outreach.