MACON, Ga. – The Macon-Bibb County Industrial Authority (MBCIA) held its September board meeting Monday afternoon. Key highlights from the meeting included details on a major accreditation process, property management improvements, prospect activity, industry job opportunities, and marketing activities.
MBCIA was recognized as one of 67 economic development organizations by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) as an Accredited Economic Development Organization (AEDO).
The accreditation process was a holistic, peer-reviewed process that measured MBCIA against industry standards via a documentation review and an onsite visit.Becoming an Accredited Economic Development Organization shows the dedication and commitment of the MBCIA team and strategic partners to make Macon-Bibb County a competitive and successful environment for new and existing industry.
Gary Wilson, Project Manager, has been working hard to develop sites to become Georgia Ready for Accelerated Development (GRAD) certified. This helps create shovel-ready land that industry can immediately utilize when they choose Macon-Bibb County.
MBCIA currently has one GRAD-certified industrial park– Airport East Industrial Park. This means MBCIA can provide the site history, topography maps, site plans, wetland reports, utilities capabilities and locations, road integrity, and emergency response reaction to the site.
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.
Steady prospect and realized activity has helped make Georgia the No. 1 state for business and contribute to the record-breaking growth in jobs and investment in Fiscal Year 2021.
MBCIA received a clean audit during the 2021 financial audit process. Mayor Lester Miller moved to approve the audit results, Dwight Jones seconded, passing the motion and adopting the results. David Paschal “Pat” Muse, Jr. from McNair, McLemore, Middlebrooks & Co., LLC oversaw the annual financial audit.
MBCIA is looking for ways to combat our industry’s top concern– hiring. We have partnered with the Greater Macon Chamber of Commerce via Macon Works to put together a comprehensive resource of available industry job links, easy-to-use courses, podcasts, and career-building opportunities.
Eleyce Coleman, Existing Industry Manager, met with Lester Miller, Mayor of Macon-Bibb County to discuss how the county serves and promotes growth for new and existing industries. To watch the video, click here.
The following Macon-Bibb Industries have open positions:
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
- Star Snacks
- Tractor Supply
- Tyson Foods
- Yancey Bros.
The Project Manager’s Report highlighted the following site beatification activity:
- Clear cut 9 acres on Sardis Church Road
- Removal of old houses on two tracts
In the marketing and public relations activities report, all social media platforms saw consistency or growth in reach, engagement, impressions, new followers, and page clicks than in previous months across all platforms.
Updates were given on website, branding, and brand guideline improvements.
Advertisements are currently running in Trade and Industry Magazine.
Earned media included WGXA, WMAZ, and GPB.
The meeting closed with an executive session.