The Georgia Partnership established regional initiatives in the form of Rural Learning Networks (RLNs) to disseminate and amplify best practices in addressing issues concerning educational attainment and economic development, especially in Georgia’s hardest to reach communities. These networks engage local leaders from education, business and the community to help build local capacity and partnerships to address opportunities and challenges, especially in rural Georgia. This work seeks to provide a shared-learning network for community leaders to learn from each other and raise awareness of best-practice work already happening across the state of Georgia.
The RLNs have regular virtual meetings that allow participation from across the state. Examples of discussion topics include Pathways To and Through Post-Secondary in a COVID world, Rural Broadband, Racial Equity, Mental Health Challenges and Supports, etc. Joining a network gives you access to these ongoing conversations as well as to notes, resources, and relevant opportunities or information. RLN members are often tapped for opportunities that come to the Georgia Partnership, such as access to statewide policy initiatives, information about grants or events, and connections with journalists, podcasts, or organizations focused on the needs and realities of rural Georgia. In the midst of COVID-19, the RLNs are providing valuable insight into the impact of the pandemic on local systems, which the Georgia Partnership relies on to inform and support statewide policy platforms such as EdQuest and the Top Ten Issues to Watch.
The map below reflects the geographical composition of our regional networks. Within each network are members from multiple sectors, including early childhood, K-12, higher education, chambers of commerce, economic development, nonprofits, and other local leaders who represent entities with multi-county or regional service areas. To prevent confusion and overlapping networks, the map reflects the 75+ members’ home office location, rather than their entire service delivery area.