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Macon, Ga.– The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) announces that the Macon-Bibb County Industrial Authority (MBCIA) has been recognized as one of only 67 economic development organizations accredited as an Accredited Economic Development Organization (AEDO).

Accredited Economic Development Organization Logo“MBCIA displays the professionalism, commitment, and technical expertise that is deserving of this honor,” said IEDC President and CEO Jeff Finkle.

The AEDO program is a comprehensive peer review process that measures economic development organizations against commonly held standards in the profession. The program consists of two phases: a documentation review and an onsite visit. Each phase is designed to evaluate information about the structure, organization, funding, programs, and staff of the candidate economic development organization.

Earning the AEDO accreditation informs the community and future industry prospects that MBCIA has attained a measure of excellence assuring that their trust is well-placed and MBCIA will facilitate an environment for success. This accreditation reinforces MBCIA’s board and employee commitment to transparency and accountability to the citizens of Macon-Bibb County.

“The Authority has put processes in place over the last few years to build the trust of our community and organizations that make Macon-Bibb County their home,” says Robby Fountain, Chairman of the Macon-Bibb County Industrial Authority. “The hard work of the employees and board doesn’t stop here. Along with our strategic partners, the Authority will continue to work hard for our industries.”

Maintenance of the AEDO status is required every three years and is accomplished through documentation submission and/or onsite visits by a team of the AEDO subcommittee.

“We want Macon-Bibb County to be the number one place in all of Georgia to start and grow a business, and this recognition will help our county stand out as a serious contender,” says Macon-Bibb County Mayor Lester Miller. “It also shows we will put the work in to welcome them to our community and make it as easy as possible for them to grow here.”

About IEDC

The International Economic Development Council is the largest membership association serving economic and community development professionals in the world. With over 5,000 members nationwide and abroad, IEDC offers the economic development profession one source for information and professional development, one voice for the profession, and one force for advocacy. For more information on IEDC or the AEDO program, call Dana Crater at (910) 833.7020; fax (202) 223.4745; write to IEDC at 734 15th Street NW, Suite 900, Washington, DC 20005; email; or visit IEDC’s website at


The Macon-Bibb County Industrial Authority works with stakeholders on the local, state, and national levels to attract new business investment to Macon-Bibb County.  The Authority and strategic community partners create a business-friendly climate that results in an increased tax base for the county. Catalyzing job growth and strengthening corporate infrastructure at its various industrial parks are vital elements to its longstanding, successful economic development record. The Authority is an Accredited Economic Development Organization by the International Economic Development Council. To learn how we are #maconopportunities, visit us on the web at or follow us on social @mbciauthority.

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Macon-Bibb County Industrial Authority
Stephen Adams