by Heather Moore, past chair of the Board of Trustees
Andy and I have joked that our gifts to HMF often feel selfish. Since we’ve lived in the Intown Macon historic district, we’ve directly benefited from so many of HMF’s programs. As our neighbors have participated in the façade loan program and taken advantage of HMF’s tax consulting services, our neighborhood seems to get more beautiful each time we walk around the block. While we enjoy the improved aesthetics, practically, we’ve watched our personal home value rise as the area continues to become more desirable due to newly restored properties. In addition, getting properties back on the tax rolls means our community has more dollars to re-invest in services and infrastructure that make Macon an even better place to live. The many public-private partnerships that HMF has fostered are helping to build a preservation ethos in Macon that will ensure we’re good stewards of our city’s biggest asset – its historic architecture. Preservation is economic development!
Andy & I believe in Historic Macon’s mission to not only revitalize neighborhoods and properties, but to tell their stories, and we understand that while we’ve been able to experience HMF’s programs first hand, the economic impact reaches far beyond just our neighborhood. We give because the continued vitality of our historic districts is critical to our success as a city and the quality of life of its residents.