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Macon-Bibb District 1 getting second round of focused services

Macon-Bibb County completed a full year of its expanded 5 x 5 Program on April 3 and will begin the second round with District 1 from April 20 – May 22, 2015. Working with District 1 Commissioner Bechtel, the area to receive the targeted services will be encompassed by Northside Drive, Wesleyan Drive, Oxford Road, Oxford Circle, and Marlowe Drive. To view a map of the District 1 area receiving the focused services, click here. For reports and maps from the first round of the program, click here and select the “5 x 5 Neighborhood Improvement Program” tab.

Public invited to learn about smart growth strategies

Public invited to learn about smart growth strategies

Residents and business owners are invited to learn more smart growth strategies at a public forum with Smart Growth America on April 15 at 5:30 p.m. in Commission Chambers at Government Center (700 Poplar Street).

The forum is part of free, grant funded technical assistance program offered by Smart Growth America. The organization will be meeting with the community and representatives from Macon-Bibb County, the Urban Development Authority, New Town Macon, Chamber of Commerce, Planning & Zoning, the Middle Georgia Regional Commission, Industrial Authority, Development Authority of Bibb County, and the College Hill Alliance.

February 2015 SPLOST Financial Statement

To help keep the public updated on the progress of projects, Macon-Bibb County releases monthly financial statements for Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) funds. In an ongoing effort to increase and improve the information provided to the public about the SPLOST, a new interactive online map was launched to show how funds are being spent on each of projects.

Electric bus considered for Second Street Corridor

In 2011, Macon began a planning for the redevelopment and revitalization of the Second Street Corridor as a “multi-modal spine” from East Macon and I-16, through Downtown, past Mercer University, and to I-75. It would connect residential areas, businesses, universities, medical facilities, and government facilities to each other while linking two regionally significant facilities, I-16 and I-75.

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.