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New life for Macon blighted properties, but what about Whataburger?

A new QuikTrip convenience store will be built on this vacant lot on Mercer University Drive near the Interstate 475 entrance ramp.
Liz Fabian, Civic Reporting Senior Fellow January 25, 2021

New businesses are moving into blighted properties that have been vacant for years after the Macon-Bibb County Planning and Zoning Commission approved new projects during its Monday meeting. A new convenience...

Cost of COVID: New loans could save Macon businesses

Cost of COVID: New loans could save Macon businesses
Liz Fabian, Civic Reporting Senior Fellow January 15, 2021

Business owners struggling to stay afloat during the coronavirus pandemic have new opportunities for economic relief from the federal government. NewTown Macon CEO Josh Rogers hosted a webinar Friday...

Robert Reichert in retrospect and his vision for Macon-Bibb beyond 2020

Robert A.B. Reichert is the longest-serving mayor in Macon's history and the first leader of the consolidated government.
Liz Fabian, Civic Reporting Senior Fellow January 15, 2021

Robert Reichert likens his political career to shoveling coal into a steam locomotive. It took hard work to fire up the massive train engines he remembers as a boy growing up in Macon, just as affecting...

Macon-Bibb commissioners approve mayor’s appointments

Macon-Bibb commissioners approve mayor's appointments
January 12, 2021

The Macon-Bibb County Commission held its first committee meeting of the new Lester Miller administration Tuesday morning. Commissioners approved the mayor's staff appointments and discussed changes to...

Retired fire chief honored by Kiwanians as interim successor named

Retired Macon-Bibb fire chief Marvin Riggins, right, receives an honorary Kiwanis Club pin from Bob McDuffie as acting Chief Shane Edwards looks on.
Liz Fabian, Civic Reporting Senior Fellow January 5, 2021

Marvin Riggins has spoken to the Macon Kiwanis Club for years but Tuesday marked the first time he did so in civilian clothes. The former Macon-Bibb County fire chief spent the fifth day of his retirement...

21 things to look for in 2021 – Part 3

Bibb County Sheriff David Davis hopes a new Outreach Center will help curb violent crime after a record number of homicides in 2020.
Liz Fabian, Civic Reporting Senior Fellow January 3, 2021

The Center for Collaborative Journalism's "4 The People" division monitors more than four dozen government commissions, boards and authorities through its Civic Reporting Senior Fellow and Civic Ambassador...

21 things to look for in 2021 – Part 2

After a difficult year for business and industry due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Macon-Bibb County Industrial Authority reports that companies are currently scouting the area for up to $500 million possible in total investments.
Liz Fabian, Civic Reporting Senior Fellow December 27, 2020

The Center for Collaborative Journalism's "4 The People" division monitors more than four dozen government commissions, boards and authorities through its Civic Reporting Senior Fellow and Civic Ambassador...

21 things to look for in 2021 – Part 1

The new year brings new leadership to Macon-Bibb County and the Bibb County School Board.
Liz Fabian, Civic Reporting Senior Fellow December 20, 2020

The Center for Collaborative Journalism's "4 The People" division monitors more than four dozen government commissions, boards and authorities through its Civic Reporting Senior Fellow and Civic Ambassador...

Macon stars in Mike Rowe’s new TV series

TV host Mike Rowe spent nearly a month in Macon last year filming his new show
Liz Fabian, Civic Reporting Senior Fellow December 18, 2020

The Ocmulgee Mounds National Historic Park has been touting for years that “all things are connected.” Beginning in January, television host Mike Rowe will use Macon as a backdrop for multiple scenes...

New AirBnB and lofts in downtown Macon; Concerns over Vineville laundry

A P&Z sign in the window marks the location of new AirBnB units at 350 Second Street being proposed through a partnership with NewTown Macon.
Liz Fabian, Civic Reporting Senior Fellow December 11, 2020

Out of town guests or Maconites wanting a night on the town will have a new Air BnB in the heart of downtown. Monday, the Macon-Bibb County Planning and Zoning Commission is expected to approve construction...

Storied Macon welcome sign resurrected for Second Street Corridor

The old Macon welcome sign designed to greet visitors to the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games is now a gateway on Little Richard Penniman Boulevard to the Second Street Corridor entrance to downtown Macon.
Liz Fabian, Civic Reporting Senior Fellow December 7, 2020

For more than a decade, Macon’s infamous welcome sign sat dismantled at Central City Park. The $50,000 worth of chiseled pink granite was designed in 1996 to greet thousands of travelers buzzing through...

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