Macon Named Finalist for Friendliest Town in America | Arts & Culture
The Finalists for Rand McNally’s Best of the Road contest were announced Thursday, and Macon finished in the Top Five for Friendliest City in America. Macon made it to the top five because of votes cast online after a social media push from the City and many local organizations and individuals.
“Once again, our community used social media to let the country know what a great place Macon is to live, work, and play,” says Macon Mayor Robert Reichert. “First, they showed support for improving the Second Street Corridor by winning the Paint What Matters contest and have now let the country know what great people live here. This speaks volumes for the type of community we are in Macon: friendly, active, and supportive.”
The City and partners must now produce and submit a video or photo tour and an essay that is original and creative that persuades the judges why Macon is the Friendliest town in America. Judges will also continue to monitor online social activity, both the persuasiveness and volume of content. Winners of the contest will be announced on October 7, 2013.
To continue supporting and letting the country know about Macon, go online and use social media to show our friendliness.
- Post photos and reviews showing why Macon is the friendliest town in America to our page at www.bestoftheroad.com/town/macon-ga/3168;
- ‘Like’ Best of the Road on Facebook (www.facebook.com/bestoftheroad) and post photographs and reviews about the friendliness of Macon; and
- Post photos Twitter, and Instagram, and Pinterest with the tag #bestoftheroad.
“This is an amazing opportunity for Macon to shine because we all know the great people that live here and can now show that to America,” says Monica Smith, President and CEO of the Macon-Bibb County Convention and Visitors Bureau. “This contest is talked about and highly regarded by CVB’s and tourist associations across the country.”
One prize package will be awarded to each Winning Contestant Town in each of the six categories consisting of the following:
- A trial license to Rand McNally’s Best Town Travels, Rand McNally’s digital travel planning guide custom developed for CVB/DMO websites and as an iPhone app.
- An editorial feature within the annual Rand McNally Road Atlas plus 50,000 media impressions on maps.randmcnally.com promoting your town.
- Special coverage on bestoftheroad.com and inclusion as a point of interest in the Rand McNally RV GPS and Good Sam Trip Planner.
According to Rand McNally, “this category is all about people, and, according to contest voters the folks in these towns go the distance to take care of one another and make visitors feel immediately at home. They’re also dedicated to community service projects that ensure a great quality of life and celebrate civic pride and history.” Towns in the friendly category will be judged using the criteria of: “Local residents treat each other with care and concern, and visitors are treated as local resident. A community that gives back and takes care of its own, while welcoming new faces with conversation and genuine interest, transforming first time visits to feel like a homecoming.”
About the Paint What Matters Contest
In July, Macon was selected as one of twenty 2013 Main Street Matters communities through a competition with Benjamin Moore. The city will receive a revitalization package including exterior painting and other improvements in a 1-2 block area. The area selected is on Second Street between Cherry and Poplar Streets. A team from Benjamin Moore has visited with city officials and will be working with Main Street Macon to coordinate the revitalization project which will occur in early 2014.