Largest Brining Pickling Operation Makes Macon Home

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Peter Piper might have picked them, but Mr. Chips brought them to Macon. Mr. Chips, a leading supplier of pickle and pepper products, purchased a 120,000 sq. ft. building in the Ocmulgee East Industrial Park and approximately 30 acres (also located in the park) in 2014. The Pinconning, MI., company, which is a subsidiary of one of the largest grading and brining pickling operations in the country, invested $8.5 million in the facility and employed up to 50 people, according to a 2014 Macon Economic Development Commission press release. Read More

River Edge Partners with Macon-Bibb, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to Open Latest Long-term Residential Property

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Bayside Village provides housing for people seeking recovery from mental illness and addiction, or people with developmental disabilities.

MACON – River Edge Behavioral Health Center has officially unveiled its latest long-term housing initiative, which was made possible through partnership with Macon-Bibb County and the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Read More

Mount de Sales Students Apply New Skills to Enhance Downtown

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Staff Report From Middle Georgia CEO

Navicent Health extends its congratulations to the Mount de Sales Class of 2017, and its appreciation for the many students in this class who have contributed to care at Navicent Health throughout the past year. The health system was also pleased to learn that a group of these students are applying skills learned at Navicent Health to enhance downtown Macon’s appeal to teens. Read More

Team RoboBibb Rules STEM Learning

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Team RoboBibb recently turned heads at the Lego FIRST Robotics Competition in Houston, Texas. Made up of approximately 14 students from Central, Howard, Northeast, Rutland and Westside high schools, as well as the Academy for Classical Education (ACE), Team RoboBibb placed first in the state contest and made it to the quarterfinals of the international competition. Read More

Celebrating Macon Bike Walk Month in Macon

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Guest blog post by Rachel Holler, Executive Director of Bike Walk Macon


If you see Rachel Holler working in Downtown Macon, she is either on two feet or two wheels. The Executive Director of Bike Walk Macon is working to create a culture of multi-modal transportation in Macon where there is a viable – and safe – alternative to driving. Part of that is work is an annual “cooling” of the streets, where some of the busiest main veins in our city are temporarily shut down and opened back up as “paved parks.” The results have been a welcoming change – and the vibrant sense of place is evident. Read More

From Launching the Young Entrepreneurs Academy to Launching New Businesses

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Guest Post by Nadia Osman, Young Entrepreneurs Academy Macon Program Manager & SparkMacon Director


Program Manager Nadia Osman updates OneMacon on the successful inaugural class of young entrepreneurs who have taken their business ideas and pitched them this spring to local investors. The original post about the launch of the Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA) program in Macon can be found here.

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Macon’s Soapbox Derby Makes its Mark as a Regional Success

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Straight off the heels of the Cherry Blossom Festival, what signature spring event brings speed, STEM and thousands of spectators to Macon’s Magnolia Street?

That would be Macon’s other event in full bloom: The Magnolia Soapbox Derby. The annual race celebrated its ninth anniversary on April 8, where around 5,000 people gathered to watch 52 competitors vie for the fastest and most creative soapbox cars in four separate categories. The event that went from a neighborhood block party has now earned a regional reputation for soapbox racing – and creating a strong sense of place and pride for Macon residents and racers, alike.

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Peyton Anderson Foundation Announces $500,000 to Fund Ideas that Inspire Bibb County Educators and Students

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Teach to Inspire Project Provides Creative Resources Through Grant Awards

(Macon, Ga.) The Peyton Anderson Foundation announces the Teach to Inspire Project, an innovative, teacher-based grant program providing creative resources for Bibb County public schools. Through the Teach to Inspire project (TIP), the Foundation seeks to inspire education in Macon-Bibb by contributing additional monies to support extraordinary efforts. Up to $500,000 in funding is available for teachers’ best ideas for their classrooms, with grants awards ranging from $250-$10,000. Read More

From the Cherry Blossom Trail to Keeping Macon Beautiful

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Guest post by Pam Carswell, President & CEO of Keep Macon-Bibb Beautiful Commission


When it comes to the pillar of Place, oftentimes it’s the community beautification efforts that are the first part of creating that sense of place noticed. In OneMacon’s approach to community and economic development, the strategic recommendation of beautifying our most visible places – our corridors, neighborhoods and activity centers – is at the top of the list.

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