When you think about southern college towns, Macon, Georgia wasn’t always the first to come to mind. Historically, however, our midsize, centrally-located city has been home to opportunities to pursue higher education since the 19th century. This roundtable recording with three college presidents discusses Macon’s new found college town status and growing opportunities. What’s been there all along has now taken one of the most prominent roles — and purposes — in community progress.
Can you collaborate with community?
Does it concern schools, jobs, or sense of place?
Is it strategic for the region?
Can WE move Macon forward?
Collaboration: The OneMacon Way!
OneMacon is a comprehensive community and economic development five-year strategic plan. The strategy was built by an engaged, diverse collaborative group of community leaders and is focused on three pillars: Schools, Jobs, and Place. OneMacon values that a community with quality schools and abundant job opportunities is a desirable place to live and work.
With the implementation of the OneMacon plan, we believe:
- Macon’s economic vibrancy is based on the pillars of jobs, place and school –
with these pillars interdependently supporting each other to succeed.
- Macon supports a strong system of education that offers world-class
opportunities from pre-K to Ph.D.
- Macon emphasizes efforts to attract, retain and match people with jobs
throughout the region, creating a better quality of life for all.
- Macon instills a diverse sense of place with an active alliance of community
- Macon’s most recognized community success is collaboration.
Three Pillars of Community: the OneMacon Way!
I t’s more than a three-legged stool. Not only do Schools, Places and Jobs need each other, but what these pillars hold is Macon’s greatest investment: its people.
The strategic objectives of the OneMacon three pillars are being carried out through the implementation committees, in accordance with the comprehensive, community-driven master plan.
Moving Macon Forward: the OneMacon Way!
Keep track with OneMacon’s opportunities, challenges, accomplishments and efforts through the implementation matrix, which notes the progress of the plan in action.
You may also read about the latest news stories coming from the culture of the “OneMacon Way!” of collaboration on the official blog, “We Are One, Macon.”
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