“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.

January public meeting summary

Thank you for coming to the public meeting in January. Your insights and discussion was extremely valuable to faculty from J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development as they created a leadership training structure.

Top 3 Topics -Community Engagement, Better Communication, Creating/Making Stronger Neighborhood Associations

"Vision or a plan that I can relate to and help with -belief in a goal"

"Having a good relationship with government offices to improve conditions of safety, home values, having a voice with government that is listened to."

"Creating a viable communications platform to more accurately reach as many people as possible!"

Click the button below to download a full summary of discussion from the public meeting as well as a suggested leadership training content.


apply for the neighborhood incubator leadership institute!

Want to learn the skills that will make you a stronger neighborhood leader? 

Want to improve communications with your neighbors? 

Want to apply for neighborhood grant opportunities?

We invite individuals who are interested in developing the skills and knowledge to make a difference in their neighborhood to apply for the Neighborhood Leadership Training Program. YOUR input from the public meeting helped design this program. This program will focus on topics including community engagement, effective leadership, working with local resources, and building effective neighborhood associations. Participating neighborhoods will be eligible for small grant opportunities.

To Apply: Submit an application by April 30, 2017.

Apply online or download an application and send it to Lauren Mauldin at lmauldin@historicmacon.org.