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Macon-Bibb commission discusses challenges, goals
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Members of the Macon-Bibb commission and senior staff members met in Athens Friday afternoon for a two-day work session. The event was sponsored by The Knight Foundation.

The Carl Vinson Institute of Government is facilitating discussions throughout the weekend about challenges and goals for Macon-Bibb.

They opened up the session with questions designed to allow the commissioners and staff to get to know each other better. Then, the topics turned to things such as what the commission wants to see happen for Macon-Bibb over the next year. The goal is to use focused discussions to develop a strategic plan for the new government.

When asked what the biggest challenges will be for Macon-Bibb, several of the commissioners answered immediately, "budget."

Later in the afternoon, groups were formed and asked to talk about what commissioners and staff members expect from each other to help move the community forward. Answers included honesty, community-based thinking, civility, communication, and being open to new ideas.

When the group finished their conversations Friday, Mayor Robert Reichert said he feels encouraged.

"There's almost unanimity among the commissioners as to what we're looking to do, and that's good," says Reichert. "By the same token, the staff is her because they're trying to help build a better community and work with us."

Saturday, the Carl Vinson Institute scheduled presentations to teach the commission about the roles and responsibilities of constitutional officers and how the commission can work with them.

Reichert says The Knight Foundation also plans to sponsor three more work sessions throughout the year. He says they will take place in Macon and will range from a full day to an entire weekend.

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