The first meeting of 2018 for the collaborative OneMacon committee was held on January 9th at the Charles H. Jones Advanced Technology Center to discuss the career and industrial opportunities that Central Georgia Technical College can offer to Central Georgia and its residents. Read More
The proposed Mill Hill: East Macon Arts Village project comes nearer to completion as the year comes to a close. The project, a neighborhood revitalization effort that seeks to develop an artist village, has raised $4.8 million to date. Read More
On Dec. 1 there was a miracle on Poplar. Seemingly with the click of a switch, 250,000 lights came to life, dancing in sync with holiday music, as hundreds of visitors strolled through the display. Read More
The Austin Smith Center for Community Development was recently awarded a $20,000 grant from Community Foundation of Central Georgia to support workforce development in Pleasant Hill through the GDOT mitigation plan. Read More
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.
For the third year in a row, Newtown Macon’s Developer’s Academy is attracting and teaching potential real estate developers what they need to know about investing, developing and making a business out of real estate properties, with the real-world classroom being Downtown Macon.
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.
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.