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Authority Report July 2021

MACON, Ga. – The Macon-Bibb County Industrial Authority (MBCIA) held its July board meeting this afternoon. Key highlights from the meeting included details on June industry announcements, prospect activity, industry job opportunities, property management, and marketing activities.

Brightmark will invest $680,000 million into their second and largest facility. In addition, they project more than 100 jobs in engineering, maintenance, and operations to support the facility.


Click here learn more about this success story for Macon-Bibb County.

Dean Baldwin marked the official start of operations by receiving its first aircraft, a freighter, into the four hangar facility. The company broke ground in March 2020 at the start of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The facility has four hangars designed for aircraft painting, a material warehouse, administration building, air filtration systems and a water treatment processing plant.

See the progress of the build process in photos here.

Barbara Baldwin-McNulty, CEO, welcomes the first aircraft, a B767 freighter, as it rolls into the newly constructed aircraft painting facility at the Middle Georgia Regional airport in Macon, Georgia.

In June, the Industrial Authority invested into our future workforce with a sponsorship of the Bibb County School District’s Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support Team’s Back to School Bash.

This sponsorship provides community resources and decreases barriers to education.

The Executive Director’s Report showed that prospect activity is steady. There are currently 26 open projects with a potential investment of more than $500 million and more than 3,600 potential jobs.  

Stephen Adams, Executive Director, was featured in a Middle Georgia CEO video about working with existing industries in Macon and attracting new businesses to the region.

MBCIA engaged with more than 100 Industry partners last month and determined the top concerns for them currently are: hiring, roads, and trash.


Monthly videos featuring existing industry manager, Eleyce Coleman, are being produced in collaboration with the #maconopportunities campaign to address concerns and share relevant information with all industry partners.

This month’s video highlighted Coleman’s second part of a three-part series on Industry hiring. As a main concern of industries, she is using creative solutions and community partnerships to fulfill these needs.


For this installment, Eleyce met with Lynn Farmer, Director of MaconWorks.com at the Greater Macon Chamber of Commerce, to discuss hiring needs and how to close the workforce gaps by connecting them to local industries and employers.


The Industrial Authority also has a virtual job fair, located at mbcia.com/virtualjobfair, where all industry job links are available in one convenient location for those who need it.

The following Macon-Bibb Industries have open positions:

Amazon
Aspen
Coca-Cola
Dean Baldwin Painting
Diamond Plastics 
Embraer 
Freightliner
Geico
Gilmer Warehouse and Logistics
H&E Equipment Services 
Irving Tissue 
Kumho Tire 
L.H. Thomson 
Mr. Chips 
Pactiv
Tractor Supply
Tyson Foods
Yancey Bros. 

They had meetings with numerous other industry partners on the top-three issues mentioned earlier. 

The Project Manager’s Report highlighted the following site beatification activity:

Airport Industrial South:

Monumental signs completed”

Shovel-ready” updating for industry: 9 acres of land harvested, converting acreage to farmland for tenant and industries

Completion of wildflower seeding

Landscape enhancements

Allied Industrial South:Preparing newly available warehouse for tenant

In the marketing and public relations activities report, all social media platforms saw consistent results in reach, engagement, impressions, new followers, and page clicks than in previous months across all platforms.
Advertisements are currently running in Trade and Industry Magazine.


Earned media included Bloomberg, Business Wire, 13WMAZ, WGXA, Macon Telegraph, Valdosta Daily Times, Middle Georgia CEO, Area Development, 41NBC.


The meeting closed with an executive session.