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White House initiative expands access to internet

Several organizations are working together as part of the White House’s ConnectHome initiative to make sure children living in public housing have the tools they need to succeed, including fast internet and a working device, whether it’s a laptop or tablet. Macon-Bibb is one of only 28 communities nationwide that that were selected to participate, and partners came together in February to learn how the program was going and how they can be more involved.

Click here to watch a MaconBibbTV feature on the meeting.

For more about the initiative and how you can sign up, click here.

 

 

Macon-Bibb celebrates Arbor Day by planting 1,000th tree in four years

Macon-Bibb County now celebrating 3 decades as an official “Tree City USA” community. The distinction is awarded by the Arbor Day Foundation to communities who are dedicated to taking care of the trees they have, and planting more.

For the 2016 Arbor Day observance, Macon-Bibb celebrated a milestone: the thousandth tree planted as part of a four-year plan. The ‘Tree Team’ for the county – including our Forester, Randell Hunt – installed the Dedour Cedar at Little Richard Penniman Park. It’s a hardwood tree, expected to last up to 200 years.

Click here for a MaconBibbTV feature on this year’s observance
held at Little Richard Penniman Park.

 

 

Student leaders visit water treatment plant at Javors Lucas Lake

On March 8, a group of Macon-Bibb student leaders from the Georgia Civic Awareness Program for Students (GCAPS) rode out to Javors Lucas Lake to learn about the county’s 5.8 billion gallon water supply, and how it gets from the tanks to their taps. 

McCoy told the group, “We get the water from the Ocmulgee River, and if we’re not able to get water for over 5 months, we still have a water supply here in Macon, unlike some water systems in Georgia which have a 3-day supply,” Gary McCoy, Water Operations Director with the Macon Water Authority, told the group.   

To read more about and see pictures from the trip, click here.

 

MaconBibbTV features efforts to expand access to internet

Several organizations are working together as part of the White House’s ConnectHome initiative to make sure children living in public housing have the tools they need to succeed, including fast internet and a working device, whether it’s a laptop or tablet. Macon-Bibb is one of only 28 communities nationwide that that were selected to participate, and partners came together in February to learn how the program was going and how they can be more involved.

Click here to watch a MaconBibbTV feature on the meeting.

For more about the initiative and how you can sign up, click here.

EMA hosting monthly disaster preparation meetings, discussions

On Wednesday, March 2, the Macon-Bibb County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) held its regular Emergency Support Function (ESF) meeting with team leads to discuss preparing for future disasters, weather events, and crises.

At this month’s meeting, 116th Air Control Wing Commander Colonel Mark Weber gave an overview of 116th and the Georgia Air National Guard, how they helped during the Flood of 1994, and how they can help during future events. They also had their Bomb Squadron Emergency Response Vehicle on site for viewing. Also at the meeting, Public Health gave an update on the Zika Virus, and EMA discussed tornado preparedness and the upcoming community-wide shelter in place drill.

Macon-Bibb leaders outline the State of our Community

At the 2016 Greater Macon Chamber of Commerce State of the Community Luncheon, a theme resonated with multiple people: Macon-Bibb County has great momentum when it comes to moving the community forward. 

The event on February 4 at the Macon Centreplex brought together hundreds of people who all want to see Macon-Bibb succeed. From business leaders to elected officials to representatives from Robins Air Force Base…all in attendance want to see our community grow and thrive. 

Mayor Robert Reichert spoke about the County’s Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats. He says while our strengths are great – our people, natural resources, cultural and educational opportunities – we must not forget to take our weaknesses and threats seriously because they are very real. He mentioned things like poverty, blight, and crime. 

Practice Shelter in Place for a chance to sound the Macon-Bibb emergency siren

The Macon-Bibb County Emergency Management Agency is conducting a Shelter in Place drill on March 30, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. Shelter in Place means to take immediate shelter where you are – whether that’s at home, work, or school, or traveling – during an emergency.

To encourage people to participate and help spread the word of how important this drill is, EMA is hosting a social media contest. During the drill, take a photo of you and everyone else in your shelter in place location and post it to Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram and use #SiPMaconBibb. From the posted photos, EMA will select someone to sound the emergency sirens in during the monthly test in April or May.