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Historic Macon’s Revitalization Efforts Making Proven Economic Impact

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Guest Blog Post by Lauren E. Mauldin, Historic Macon Loan Fund Manager

 

Since 2008, Historic Macon has focused our revitalization efforts in Beall’s Hill. To date, we’ve completed over 38 historic rehabilitations and new construction projects in Beall’s Hill, and invested nearly $6 million into the neighborhood. After executing our approach to neighborhood revitalization – one neighborhood at a time, street by street, block by block, and house by house – for over 30 years, we at Historic Macon Foundation recognized our revitalization work in Beall’s Hill made a significant economic impact in the community.

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Tourism: Macon’s Economic Engine that Keeps Growing

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Guest Blog Post by Valerie Bradley, Vice President of Marketing at the Macon-Bibb Convention & Visitors Bureau

 

Tourism is a powerful jobs and economic development generator in Macon. The direct economic impact of Macon’s successful tourism efforts increases every year. According to the U.S. Travel Association, in 2015, Macon-Bibb County tourism pumped $347 million in direct tourist spending into the local economy, generated over 3,400 jobs, produced $9.71 million in local tax revenue and created $14.79 million in state tax revenue. Bibb County is ranked 10th out of 159 Georgia counties for 2014 tourism expenditures and as a result of tourism efforts, each Bibb County household received $350.34 in tax relief.

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Career Academy Creating a Fast-Tracked Workforce

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When it comes to the Bibb County School District’s strategic plan, the goals of “Student Achievement” and “Student and Stakeholder Engagement” are in full force at Hutchings College and Career Academy. There, students are receiving a career-ready education – intertwined with local work-based learning opportunities with community partners – that will follow students long after graduation.

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