Key highlights from the MBCIA June meeting included details on community partnerships to enhance the industry pipeline, prospect activity, a farewell to two long-time board members, welcoming a new board member, industry job opportunities, property management, and marketing activities.
We said farewell to two board members: Walt Miller and Tony Rojas. During Walt’s tenure that began in 2014, he helped secure $2,800,606,000 and during Tony’s tenure that began in 2013, he helped secure $2,850,606,000 in private new investments for Macon-Bibb County.
We welcomed Ember Bishop Bentley as our newest member to the board.
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.
In May, Executive Director, Stephen Adams, sat on the panel for the 2021 GEDA Spring Workshop to discuss a project for Irving Tissue.
MBCIA was integral to the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Central Georgia Technical College and Coca-Cola. This MOU will create a pathway that helps create “college and career ready” graduates.
MBCIA engaged with more than 100 Industry partners last month and determined the top concerns for them currently are: COVID-19 testing and vaccines, Public Works (solid waste and beautification), and hiring.
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 Eleyce’s first 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.
This installment highlighted a job fair for graduating seniors in mid-May.
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:
- Elliott Machine Shop – CNC & Machinist
- L&G Technology – Mechanic & Admin
Hiring Multiple Positions:
- Dean Baldwin Painting
- Diamond Plastics
- Gilmer Warehouse and Logistics
- H&E Equipment Services
- Irving Tissue
- Kumho Tire
- L.H. Thomson
- Mr. Chips
- Tractor Supply
- Tyson Foods
- Yancey Bros.
Project Manager’s Report
The Project Manager’s Report highlighted the following site beatification activity:
- Sign updates
Airport Industrial South
- Wildflower seeding and growth
- New bed and juniper removal
- Signs and redone ditch
- Rip-rap of ditch
Marketing & Public Relations Report
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 41NBC’s virtual job fair.
The meeting closed with an executive session.