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Bowden Golf Course listed in National Register of Historic Places

The Charles L. Bowden Golf Course, located on Millerfield Road in Macon, Bibb County, Georgia, was listed in the National Register of Historic Places on February 23, 2015. The nomination was sponsored by the City of Macon and the Macon Golf for Kids program.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission events continue

In December, Macon-Bibb County’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission announced a series of events to celebrate and remember the life and impact of the civil rights leaders. The next sponsored event is an Interdenominational Church Service at New Fellowship Baptist Church. A full calendar of events has been posted online, and it is updated to reflect new events that are added.

Events have included the annual March to Government Center, tours at the Tubman African American Museum, the Beloved Community Symposium, a performance by world-renowned violinist Robert McDuffie at Beulahland Baptist Church (more information below), and more.

Members of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission are: Commissioner Elaine Lucas, Commissioner Larry Schlesinger, Sam Henderson, Reverend Dr. Henry Ficklin, Dominique Johnson, Reverend Evans Brown, June O’Neal, Dr. Any Ambrose, Mike Gardner, and Tony Lowden

SPLOST Advisory Committee presented project updates

On Monday, February 9, the SPLOST Advisory Committee met to hear an update on current and future projects funded by the voter-approved penny sales tax. An update was provided on specific projects – such as the Animal Welfare Center, recreation center upgrades, the Second Street Corridor, and fire stations – by SPLOST Project Manager Clay Murphey. For the recreation centers, Murphey talked about the need to have meetings with staff and the community to determine what is needed and wanted in those area. County Manager Dale Walker also discussed the most recent financial statements; though collections are still under projections about 5%, Macon-Bibb is closely monitoring it to make sure spending matches revenue. 

State of the Community hosted by Chamber

At an event hosted by the Greater Macon Chamber of Commerce’s Government Affairs Committee, Mayor Robert Reichert and Mayor Pro Tem Bert Bivins presented a State of the Community to about 300 business leaders. To watch the speeches and State of the Community video, click here.

Macon-Bibb delegation attends HOPE Global Forum

This year’s HOPE Global Forum was held in Atlanta from January 15-17, and a twelve-member delegation from Macon-Bibb County and the community were given the chance to attend as a Co-Convening Partner, hear from the speakers, and meet organizers of the event and programs. The delegation heard from experts on financial empowerment for those in the lowest income brackets, make connections with organizations that could help Macon-Bibb County enhance its work in this area, and meet with leaders from the public and private sector working to address financial literacy.

Macon-Bibb budget receives national award

In January, Macon-Bibb County was notified that the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) had selected it to receive the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for its Fiscal Year 2015 budget. In order to receive the award, Macon-Bibb’s budget document had to serve as a policy document, a financial plan, an operations guide, and a communications device, and then it had to be rated as proficient in each of those areas. For more information and to view the budget, click here.

First Macon-Bibb Audit "Impressive"

At the Macon-Bibb County Commission Operations & Finance Committee Meeting on Tuesday, January 16, the results of the Fiscal Year 2014 Audit were presented. This audit covered the first six months of the newly, consolidated government, from January 1 – June 30, 2014. The full audit can be read by clicking here.