Macon-Bibb meets for round 2 of Strong Cities, Strong Communities work sessions

MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Macon-Bibb is getting help from an initiative by the White House. 

Officials with Strong Cities, Strong Communities are wrapping up a two-day visit helping to better the community. 

Mayor Robert Reichert says it’s a chance to improve economic development in the county.

Call it a meeting of the minds…
Experts, CEO’s, and county officials surrounded themselves in maps, diagrams, and paperwork on Thursday.
Their goal….a better Macon-Bibb. 
“We hope that we will be able to make a case for roads, rail, runways, and rivers,” Mayor Reichert said. 
Mayor Reichert says teaming up with the group from Strong Cities, Strong Communities — or SC2 — has been beneficial. 
“We’re talking about regional transportation issues and how we can work as a region to create more economic development,” Reichert said. 
Officials say right now is not about dollars and cents, but more so envisioning a master plan with the help from experts. 
“Everybody who knows about affordable housing, to small businesses, or how do you turn around an old abandoned industrial site,” Mark Litton, with SC2, said. 
Part of that plan includes neighborhood revitalization and trying to make homes more attractive. after that…a stronger downtown. 
“One is downtown revitalization that’s a national trend it’s not just here locally,” Reichert said. 
Third on the list is transportation. 
Reichert believes taking advantage of the services at the Middle Georgia Regional Airport could play big in the county’s economic success. 
“The maintenance repair and overhaul of facilities that are here with Temco and Bombadier working on both wide body of a large aircraft as well as small regional jets,” Reichert said. 
All in all…the group is hoping to invest in existing resources and create new partnerships with the intentions of building a stronger community for residents. 

The SC2 team is looking to have their findings complete within the next year or two. 

The group was established in 2011 by President Obama to help local communities spark economic growth. 

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