Collaborating During Tough Economic Times

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Northwest Conference participants in sessionGeorgia Family Connection collaborative organizations from the northwest region recently got together to host the Northwest Georgia Mini-Conference at the Burress Institute at Kennesaw State University. The daylong summit brought together more than 30 Family Connection coordinators to reunite with their peers, share best practices and new ideas, and encourage one another to remain committed to their work on behalf of the children and families in their counties during these difficult economic times.

“I appreciate how you have relentlessly pursued the mission of improving conditions for children and families throughout Georgia,” said Gaye Smith, Georgia Family Connection Partnership (GaFCP) executive director. “We at the Partnership continue to support you and the vital work you accomplish every day.”

The conference included sessions on how to promote your collaborative, sustainability, and continuing education on collaboration.

“The success of the Northwest Georgia mini conference attests to the truth that collaboration yields the greatest results,” said Rebecca Page, coordinator of DADE FIRST-Family Connection. “Region 3, the conference host, included the chairs from regions 1 and 4 in the planning process. We discussed all the ideas on the table and reached a consensus. The result was maximized effectiveness of the presentations, efficient use of time, and adequate opportunity for networking among peers.”

Because Georgia Family Connection has 20 years of experience in community collaboration, collaborative coordinators from the region led all the sessions, allowing local leaders to share best practices and results with their peers.

“The Northwest Georgia Region took it upon itself to convene because we understand the necessity of coming together to motivate and learn from one another,” said Page. “By the end of the conference the room was filled with an overwhelming sense of renewed spirit and new collective knowledge to help our collaborative organizations continue to move families toward stability and self-sufficiency in their communities.”

Ashley Mitchell
GaFCP Policy and Communications

William Valladares
GaFCP Communications Manager

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