2015 Highlights & Year-In-Review

Economic Development

  • 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.

Strategic Assets

  • 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.

Job Creation

  • 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).

Community Engagement

  • 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.