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EPA to Sign Memorandums of Understanding with Georgia College and State University, HHS and USDA Rural Development

Release Date: 11/14/2014
Contact Information: Dawn Harris Young, EPA, (404) 562-8421 (Direct), (404) 562-8400 (Main),

ATLANTA – On Monday, November 17th, 2014, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will enter into a new phase of collegial and federal agency cooperation with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the agency and Georgia College and State University (GC). The MOU is an agreement to participate in the EPA College/Underserved Community Partnership Program (CUPP) and build a cooperative working relationship in areas of mutual interest.

EPA will also sign a MOU with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Region 4 Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health and state directors from the U.S. Department of Agricultural, Rural Development (USDA RD) representing Alabama, Georgia South Carolina and Tennessee. The MOU is an agreement to support schools and communities participating in the CUPP Program.

The CUPP program benefits both the communities being served and the students involved in the program. Under-served communities are provided with the additional resources and diverse perspectives of a college-educated student body. Students in the program benefit from working collaboratively with City officials, community organizations, environmental professionals, and other stakeholders in solving existing problems and influencing change in actual communities. The program partnership truly establishes a new paradigm for uniting sustainability and economic development in rural and small communities.

WHO: Heather McTeer Toney, U.S. EPA Regional Administrator
Dr. Steve Dorman, President, Georgia College and State University

Quentin Robinson, State Director for Georgia, USDA Rural Development
Ronald Davis, State Director for Alabama, USDA Rural Development
Rear Admiral Clara Cobb, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, HHS
Mayor John Reid, City of Eatonton, GA

WHAT: Signing of MOU between Georgia College and University and EPA, and signing ceremony between EPA and HHS and USDA Rural Development

WHEN: Monday, Nov. 17, 2014, 11:00 am – 12:15 pm

WHERE: Georgia College and State University
Parks Hall room 301
Milledgeville, GA

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