2015 Highlights & Year-In-Review
- Facilitated strategic planning retreat with community partners.
- Relocation of headquarters to Downtown Macon.
- Strengthened our intergovernmental partnership with the Macon Water Authority.
- Increased brand awareness and digital presence to attract new industry and interest in strategic assets.
- Fostered regional collaboration through the MBCIA’s custom Local Vendor Program.
- Hosted first Annual Local Contractor, Vendor, and Small Business Appreciation Luncheon.
- BIG PARTNERSHIP ANNOUNCEMENT COMING IN JANUARY 2016!
- Industrial Highway: acquisition of 116.72 acres.
- Mid City Square: acquisition of 3 parcels of land with the Land Bank Authority.
- MBCIA Headquarters: acquired 11,171 sq. ft. of office space at 439 Mulberry Street.
- Revitalization strategy launched with the purchases of the Cassidy property in August and the Schofield Building in September.
- Kumho Tire hired 260 people.
- First batch of cucumbers delivered for processing to Mr. Chips.
- Ongoing job training by Quick Start and on-the-job training happening at Kumho Tire.
- Partnership with Macon-Bibb’s Small Business Administration Office.
- First Quality Announcement to bring 200+ jobs to Middle Georgia.
- Boeing Announcement to retain its plant operations and to reinvest in new job opportunities for commercial fuselage parts production in Middle Georgia.
- Kumho Tire construction site nearing 95% (2016 Certificate of Occupancy expected in weeks).
- Launched social media presence on all industry standard platforms.
- Launched our first content-rich email campaign and eNewsletter entitled “The Authority”.
- Attended Poverty In Action Summit at Mercer University.
- Presented a $26,000.00 check to the Bibb County School District’s “The Leader In Me” program currently being piloted at Burdell-Hunt Magnet and Sonny Carter Elementary schools.
- Hosted first Annual Open House.
Innovation & Higher Education Initiatives
- Partnered with Middle Georgia State University’s Aviation Program and the Macon Downtown Airport in East Macon.
- Partnered with Mercer University to launch Middle Georgia’s first “Innovation Incubator” known as the Mercer Innovation Center.
- Established five co-working spaces to support local high growth entrepreneurship and innovation.
- Toured the Atlanta Tech Village with community partners to initiate discourse about the knowledge economy and attracting/keeping new talent in Macon-Bibb.