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College Hill Gets $2.3 Million Grant to "JumpStart" Jobs
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A $2.3 million grant is aimed at bringing jobs to Macon's College Hill neighborhood.

The College Hill Alliance announced Friday that they received that grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation to focus on creating jobs.

This is the second grant they received from the Miami-based organization.

In 2009, they received $2 million grant to bring new life to College Hill, the neighborhood between Mercer University and Macon's downtown.

The College Hill Alliance will work with JumpStart America, a nonprofit based in Ohio.

The goal is to create what they call an "innovation corridor" to attract talent and keep Macon's college graduates in town.

Mercer University President William Underwood said, "This grant's focus is on promoting economic prosperity in the College Hill Corridor, so we're very excited about it. Altogether, the Knight Foundation has put more than $12 million in the last two or three years so it's an exciting day for us."

The alliance says JumpStart will do research on knowledge-based industries that might come to Macon.

Then they'll help the alliance come up with a plan to get new businesses off the ground and help expand existing businesses.

Some of that grant money will go for business recruitment and for more physical changes in the College Hill corridor.

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