Macon Now

Macon Now 3.0 - Growing a Stronger Regional Economy

The signs are everywhere. Our business and community leaders are working together on a shared vision, new businesses are relocating here while our existing businesses are growing, our downtown is being reenergized and revitalized and the Macon Action Plan is becoming a reality!

Economic Development is a team sport and the MEDC in partnership with the Macon Bibb County Industrial Authority, the Macon Water Authority, Macon-Bibb County and the Bibb County Board of Education have brought over 10,000 jobs to our community during the past ten years. 

For the Scorecard "10,000 Jobs in 10 Years" (2005 - 2014), click here.


Macon Now 3.0 is a campaign to further fund the Greater Macon Chamber of Commerce and the Macon Economic Development (MEDC) initiatives.  The campaign is led by Mr. Virgil Adams and is supported by the Champions Council that includes Dr. Ivan Allen, Mr. Roy Fickling, Dr. Ninfa Saunders, Mr. Dan Speight and President Bill Underwood. 

We ask you to join us in ensuring that the tremendous gains that we have made in economic development over the past ten years will continue into the future as we build on our progress.



Click here to download the list of organizations who invested in Macon Now II.

 

Now in its third five-year phase,
the Macon NOW 3.0 Economic Development campaign is projected to add 3,500 new "direct" jobs and 3,675 "indirect and induced" jobs to the Macon-Bibb market by 2020.

Strategy 1
Existing Industry: Development, Retention & Expansion

GOALS
 
To strengthen our existing business retention and expansion program.
 
Support existing programs that address the needs of small and minority enterprises.
 
PROGRAMS

Work with our local partners to increase the number of visits to existing businesses and industries to identify expansion opportunities.
 
Conduct Existing Business and Industry needs assessments; use the information generated to develop a support program.
 
Work with existing service providers to identify those services that are available for small businesses, entrepreneurs and minority business enterprises and post the information on our web site.
 
Assist the development and growth of local supplier/vendor networks.
 
Assist with developing or enhancing export/import programs among our existing companies.
 
Conduct targeted existing business visits to companies headquartered outside Macon-Bibb to support expansion and retention of major employers.
 
Work with the 21st Century Partnership to retain and increase the missions at Robins Air Force Base while also strengthening the case for protecting the base in any upcoming BRACs.
 
Establish a small group of high profile community leaders to participate in selected existing business visits.

                                                                                        

 

 

 

Strategy 2
New Business Development

GOALS
 
Recruit a quality mix of large, mid and small companies in targeted industry clusters.
 
Grow jobs and capital investment in the region.
 
Employ Macon-Bibb residents at wages above the current average wage in our labor market..
 
Support an environment where entrepreneurs and creatives can grow and prosper.
 
PROGRAMS
 
Continue enhanced marketing recruitment efforts within our targeted industry clusters.
 
Work with our economic development partners to create a long term plan for site, building and infrastructure development that meets the evolving needs of existing and relocating businesses.
 
Establish cluster councils for all of our targeted industry segments.
 
Work with our community partners to pursue opportunities for incubators, accelerators and innovative centers.
 
Develop a plan with our regional economic development partners to best utilize our resources in south Bibb/northern Houston counties to create a freight, logistics and manufacturing hub.
 
Create a data warehouse on the MEDC website that identifies the business case factors available in Macon-Bibb for key industry clusters.
 
Continue to support our One Macon partners working to grow a welcoming community that attracts and retains high quality companies and individuals.
 
Support the implementation of entrepreneurial curriculum in primary and secondary and post-secondary education to build a pipeline of future entrepreneurs..
  
Work with our local government and state delegation to identify and access funds for critical transportation projects to ensure that Macon maintains its position as a leading transportation hub.

 

Strategy 3
Workforce Development
 
GOALS
 
Align the ongoing workforce development programs in Macon-Bibb with current and emerging industry clusters.

Work with our K-12 education partners to ensure our graduates are college or career ready.
 
Work with our workforce development partners to develop new certificates and
degree programs that support existing business and industry and our target
clusters current and future workforce needs.

PROGRAMS

Challenge the business community to develop internships and apprenticeships that expose high school and college students to career opportunities in target sectors.
 
Continue to participate and support the Business and Education Partnership (BEP) of the One Macon plan.
  
Support the implementation of the Leader in Me program in Bibb County public schools.
 
Develop a database of jobs available in Macon-Bibb to encourage talent recruitment and retention.
 
Support programs that assist adults with completion of their GED and that provide skills necessary to enter the workforce.

 


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