“I think (Neighborhood Incubator) is one of the most exciting things in Macon!”
— Linden Bridges, President, North Highlands Neighborhood Association

Since 2007, Historic Macon has worked closely with Beall’s Hill neighbors as we continue our revitalization efforts. During that time, we’ve noticed how active and engaged Beall’s Hill residents influence their neighborhood, whether through monthly meetings, sending updates via social media, or even Trick or Treating. Furthermore, the success of the College Hill Corridor points to how a community-driven initiative can significantly impact a neighborhood and its residents. It is with these neighborhood successes that we identified the potential for creating an environment to foster stronger neighborhoods. Thus, the Neighborhood Incubator was created.

With $50,000 from Knight Foundation, Historic Macon will launch and create Neighborhood Incubator, an initiative that will promote broad-based resident engagement through individual neighborhoods. By providing infrastructure and programming, this project will enhance existing neighborhood associations as well as support new neighborhoods. Programming will include neighborhood grants to help neighborhoods execute and reach their goals. We’ll also create the Neighborhood Council – Macon’s first and only forum bringing neighborhoods together with a unified voice. Over the next 3 months, Historic Macon staff will travel and meet with different neighborhood programs and leaders across the country to execute further research into the best approaches for strengthening Macon’s neighborhoods.

Anyone interested in participating in any aspect of Neighborhood Incubator are encouraged to contact Historic Macon. Please know that all neighbors and neighborhoods (even if your neighborhood doesn’t have an established association) are encouraged to participate – all that’s required is commitment to make a difference in your neighborhood.  Historic Macon staff will meet with the interested neighborhoods to execute a needs assessment and outline goals for the course of the program. In November, a public meeting will be held to discuss our research findings and officially launch the grant application and the neighborhood council.


Plan to join Historic Macon for the Neighborhood Incubator public meeting on Tuesday, January 24 from 6-8pm at the Peyton Anderson Community Services Center – Juanita Jordan Room (277 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., W, Macon, GA). Based on YOUR input and discussion during the public meeting, The J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development will develop a capacity building and leadership training program specifically tailored to affect change within your neighborhood. 

Can't make the meeting? Call 478-216-8898 to learn more about the project and to provide input.


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