Upcoming Events
Small Business Webinar Series
"Unemployment Insurance:
What Every Employer Should Know"

Friday, October 31
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Ribbon Cutting
Heritage Bank of the South
New Downtown Branch @
494 Monroe Street
Friday, November 7
11:00 AM

Good Morning Macon
Overview of the Downtown Master Plan

Presented by:
Spivey, Pope, Green & Greer
Wednesday, November 12
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
@ Peyton Anderson Cancer Center
800 First Street

Business & Industry Awards Luncheon
Presented by: Walthall Oil
Keynote Speaker:  Vince Dooley
Thursday, November 13
11:00 AM - 1:30 PM
@ New Emerson Ballroom
543 Plum Street

Ribbon Cutting
Friday, November 14 - 12:30 PM
Brina's on 3rd Salon
371 Third Street
Macon Economic Development Commission Wins International Award
During the 2014 International Economic Development Council (IEDC)’s annual conference in Ft. Worth, Texas, the Macon Economic Development Commission (MEDC) was recognized with a GOLD award in the New Media category for its social media campaign, #MadeInMacon

The Greater Macon Chamber of Commerce and Macon Economic Development Commission will recognize the outstanding businesses of 2014 at the Annual Business & Industry Awards Luncheon to be held November 13th, 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM, at the new Emerson Ballroom located at 543 Plum Street.  This year's keynote speaker is the legendary UGA Coach, Vince Dooley.  Get your tickets today!

Kumho Tire set to start construction of its manufacturing plant in Macon in August

Kumho Tire will start construction of its long-awaited manufacturing plant in Macon in August, economic development officials and Kumho representatives announced Tuesday. The plant, to be built on 150 acres in Sofkee Industrial Park, is expected to bring 450 jobs and start tire production in January 2016. “Today is a great day for our company, and we are very pleased to announce this,” said Harry Choi, Kumho Tire North America president. The project, first announced in January 2008, was delayed by the subsequent global financial crisis, but the company remained committed to Macon, he said, thanking local officials for their patience and commitment. “We are proud to call Macon a Kumho hometown,” Choi said. This will be the Korean-based company’s first U.S. plant. Initially, construction was pushed back to late 2009 or early 2010, but in fall 2009 it was delayed until the fourth quarter of 2013.In September 2013, Choi said production wasn’t expected to start until 2016, so Tuesday’s announcement moves the schedule up by a year. Choi said last year that production could start at 3 million tires per year, with the potential for 10 million. The original announcement called for a $225 million factory, but on Tuesday officials said Kumho will invest up to $413 million in the project.  -   July 1, 2014

Birch Communications, Inc., a leading communications provider with roots in Macon, announced that it will acquire Cbeyond

Birch Communications, Inc., a leading provider of business focused communications, cloud and managed services based in Atlanta and Cbeyond, Inc. (Nasdaq: CBEY), the technology ally to small and mid-sized businesses also based in Atlanta, jointly announced today that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Birch will acquire Cbeyond in an all-cash transaction valued at approximately $323 million.  -   April 21, 2014

GEICO’s Macon Office Looking to Add 500 New Employees

GEICO has put up a big “Help Wanted” sign at its Macon, Ga., office in order to hire new associates to keep up with the company’s strong policyholder growth. The Macon office, which already employs more than 5,400 associates, has identified more than 500 new positions that it would like to add this year.

“Opportunities abound at GEICO,” said Rhett Rayburn, Macon Southeast regional vice president. “Last year close to one-fourth of GEICO associates throughout the country received at least one promotion, so in addition to keeping up with growth we also need to bring on new associates to step into those roles.”   -   April 1, 2014
Congratulations to the winners of our Annual Golf Classic held on Monday, September 22nd!  Click here to see all of the team photos from the tournament.

1st Place Gross: 

Ambrose Pediatric Dentistry

1st Place Net: 
Renfroe Outdoor Advertising

2nd Place Gross:
BLC Hardwood Flooring

2nd Place Net:
Fountain Car Wash

3rd Place Gross:
Idle Hour Golf & Country Club

3rd Place Net:
Martin Snow, LLP

4th Place Gross:
Burgess Pigment

4th Place Net: 
MBG Office Systems

Contest Winners:

Closest to the Pin #3:  Dan Forrester
Closest to the Pin #4:  Chan Layson
Longest Drive:    Jason Churchwell
Closest to the Hole #8: 
                                  Waverly Golson
Longest Putt:  Duane Howell
Closest to the Hole #13:
                              Jason Churchwell
Longest Putt #18: Scott Williams

AGL Gas Grill Winner:  Mike Sullivan

Thank you to all of our sponsors and to all of the great golfers who hung in there until the rain moved through.  It turned out to be a fun day of golf for everyone!  We'll see you next year!

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